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Frank Luntz Says His Focus Group Did Not Like Kamala Harris’s ‘Condescending Reactions’

During last night’s vice presidential debate between Sen. Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence, pollster Frank Luntz held a focus group of undecided voters.

One thing that they strongly reacted to negatively was Harris’ facial expressions, which many considered “condescending.”

Luntz wrote “My undecided voters think Mike Pence is more professional, but that he looks tired. They think Kamala Harris is more passionate, but her reaction-faces are really bothering people.”

He added in a later tweet: “I might get #cancelled for this, but my undecided focus group doesn’t like how Kamala Harris interacts with her opponent. We saw this in the Dem debates – she is applauded for her knowledge, but they just don’t like her ‘condescending reactions.’ #VPDebate.”

Asked to describe Pence in one word, members of Luntz’s focus group used words like “robot, presidential, even-keeled, bland, regressive, professional, pathetic, calm, typical politician, comfortable, no emotion.”

Asked to describe Kamala Harris in one word, members of Luntz’s focus group used words such as “evasive, nervous, shifting blame, caring, snarky, too rehearsed, nervous, evasive, abrasive, unsteady, rigid, unpresidential.”

Luntz watched the vice presidential debate with 15 undecided voters and they said Pence was the “clear winner” of Wednesday’s prime-time showdown.

Luntz said he watched the debate with voters from eight swing states who concluded that Pence won the first and only debate against Harris.

“This is clearly a better debate than the first one,” Luntz told Fox News’s Brit Hume. “Mike Pence was the winner of tonight’s confrontation.”

“If this is a battle over style and substance, which is often the case with undecided voters because they simply do not choose on policy — they also choose on persona — this was Mike Pence’s night,” Luntz concluded.

Some members of the group said they were “agitated with Kamala’s presentation,” the pollster said, and that her reactions to Pence, which included smiling and smirking while he answered most of the questions, was a turn-off.

Luntz said the undecided voters felt Harris aggressively attacked the Trump administration’s record on the coronavirus but that Pence did a sufficient job defending the policy steps taken throughout the past year.