As President Donald Trump and his allies attempt to figure out how to combat Sen. Kamala Harris’s entrance into the race, one of the first polls released since the announcement of Harris’ addition to the ticket gives Democrats reasons for optimism, as she received a net-positive favorability rating (which is unique among this year’s field).
— Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden ended weeks of speculation when he announced on Tuesday that Harris, the first woman of color to appear on any major party’s presidential ticket, would join his campaign.
— 37% of registered voters say they view Harris favorably, compared to 32% who said they have an unfavorable view of her, according to a new ABC News/Ipsos poll released Thursday.
— According to the survey, two in three Americans are familiar enough with Harris to form an opinion.
— Harris’ net favorability rating of positive five is significantly higher than President Trump (negative 24), Vice President Mike Pence (negative 14), and Biden (negative 2).
— In a direct comparison between the two VP candidates, 33% of registered voters said they had a favorable opinion of the vice president, while 47% said the opposite.
— The ABC News/Ipsos poll was conducted on August 11-12, among a random national sample of 1,044 adults.
Trump has wasted no time attempting to paint Harris as a “radical left” liberal who is “extraordinarily nasty.” In an interview on Fox News Thursday morning, the president called her “sort of a mad woman,” and the “most liberal person in the U.S. Senate.” On Wednesday, Vice President Pence said he “can’t wait” to debate Harris, explaining that he is looking forward to contrasting Biden and Harris’ record and the “radical left agenda,” with the “results of this president and this administration.” The vice presidential debate is currently scheduled to be held in Salt Lake City in October.
Harris, the daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, is the first Black American and the first Asian American to run for VP on a major party ticket. Furthermore, if the Democrats win, Harris’ husband, attorney Doug Emhoff, would become the first male and first Jewish spouse of a vice president or president.
“You make a lot of important decisions as president. But the first one is who you select to be your Vice President. I’ve decided that Kamala Harris is the best person to help me take this fight to Donald Trump and Mike Pence,” Biden wrote in an email to supporters.