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Kamala Harris Has Become The Most Unpopular VP Since The 70s According To Polls

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Kamala Harris has become the most unpopular US vice president six months into an administration since at least the 1970s, according to polls.

Alarmed Democrat strategists are grappling with the Vice President’s floundering poll numbers which show she is now “underwater,” meaning more Americans disapprove, than approve, of her job performance.

The White House intends to deploy her only in certain areas to campaign ahead of next year’s midterm Congressional elections, and will attempt to raise her profile by sending her on foreign trips in the coming months.

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The disappointing first months of her term have also worried long-term strategists, many of whom had hoped she would run for president as early as the next elections.

Two recent polls both showed 46 per cent of Americans approved of Ms Harris, with 47 per cent and 48 per cent disapproving.

By contrast Joe Biden’s approval rating in an average of polls is 51.3 per cent, and disapproval is 44.9 per cent. One of the most concerning elements for the White House is Ms Harris’s unpopularity among young people.

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An Economist/YouGov poll found 41 per cent of voters aged 18-29 had an “unfavourable” view of Ms Harris, with only 36 per cent viewing her “favourably.” Ms Harris is also struggling with Hispanic voters, possibly due to her role leading US border policy.

Harris will be heading abroad to lift her profile

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Ahead of the midterm elections it is expected she will not be sent to campaign in the key border state of Arizona. On Friday night, as part of its plan to boost Ms Harris’s standing, the White House announced she would become the first US vice president to visit Vietnam next month, in a move aimed at raising pressure on China.

Professor Larry Sabato, Director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, said: “Biden has given her some very tough assignments – immigration and voting rights – but she hasn’t helped herself, she’s made some mistakes, like not going to the border.”

He said before Ms Harris was selected as Mr Biden’s running mate “outside of California nobody k… (Read more)

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