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Voters: Kamala Harris Approval Tank So Bad She’s Hurting Biden’s Re-Election

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At 80 years old, President Joe Biden is definitely showing signs of his age, and that is a problem that more and more Democratic voters are considering as he runs for reelection.

It appears that much of their concern is that, in case he becomes incapacitated and can no longer serve or worse, should he pass away while in office, that would mean Vice President Kamala Harris becomes president — and that’s not something most Americans in either party want to see.

According to a new survey, she is so unpopular that she is seen now harming Biden’s reelection chances.

The Washington Examiner reports:

When Rasmussen Reports asked likely voters, “Is she doing a better job or worse job than most previous vice presidents?” her poor showing demonstrated why some Democrats and liberal media outlets are urging Biden to replace her on his reelection ticket.

According to the new survey shared with Secrets Wednesday, 50% said she is worse than most previous vice presidents, 22% said “better,” and 24% saw no difference.

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The contrast might hold significance for Biden’s potential re-election bid.

Rasmussen conducted the survey to gauge whether the former California senator’s influence is beneficial or detrimental to his prospects, and the results indicate that by a margin of 33 percent to 22 percent, voters perceive her impact as more negative than positive. Importantly, and potentially more damaging to her image, 41 percent of respondents expressed the view that Harris had no discernible impact whatsoever.

Earlier this week, George Skelton, a longtime political columnist for the Los Angeles Times, wrote that Biden should replace Harris now so she can return to California and take lame-duck Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s seat.

“Biden’s problem is Harris. She’s a burden — a drag on his reelection prospects,” he wrote.

“A reader emailed me with the remedy: Feinstein could resign from the Senate and Gov. Gavin Newsom could appoint Harris to replace her. Biden then could find a more popular running mate, one more acceptable to voters as a potential successor,” Skelton added.

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It’s not the first time the suggestion has been made. John Zogby, a Democratic pollster who likes Biden for some reason, said the same thing in a recent podcast, according to the Examiner.

But Biden appears to have no plans to replace her. In fact, recently, in a memo he wrote — or that someone wrote for him — he said that picking Harris as his running mate “was one of the best decisions I made” and that she remains “the perfect choice.”

A shift in roles could potentially alter the way voters perceive Harris. Rasmussen’s data indicates that her favorability ratings are underwater: According to the recent survey, 42 percent hold a favorable opinion of the vice president, whereas 53 percent view her unfavorably.

Rasmussen discussed the bottom line regarding Harris: “Most voters continue to have a low opinion of Vice President Kamala Harris, and don’t see her as a helpful running mate for President Joe Biden’s 2024 reelection campaign.”

Harris has become so unpopular that her approval rating is worse than former Vice President Dick Cheney’s approval after he shot a man in the face by accident with a shotgun.

A new poll late last month found that nearly half of all voters view Harris negatively, with just 32% approving of her performance in office.

“Mike Pence managed to survive the entire coronavirus crisis without hitting Harris’s net negative 17 approval rating. Despite Democrats getting clobbered in the 2010 midterm elections, then-Vice President Joe Biden (barely) broke even in the NBC poll, with a plus 1% approval rating,” the Washington Examiner reported separately.

“After the Bush administration invaded Iraq, Dick Cheney’s net approval was a whopping plus 23%. Even amid the war, shooting his friend in the face, and the White House’s lackluster response to the Great Recession, Cheney managed to outperform Harris, who is presiding over a peacetime country with a still-bustling economy,” the report added.

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