(NationalUSNews.com) — Vice President Kamala Harris’ approval ratings seem to be dropping within the Democratic Party, having dropped by four points since January polls. Kamala Harris still has an estimated approval rating of around seventy three percent within the Democratic Party, but her ratings with Independents and Republicans are significantly lower. With Independents, Harris has an estimated approval rating of around thirty six percent. With Republicans, Harris has an abysmal approval rating of just fifteen percent. While there are presumably several different reasons as to why Harris’ approval rating is dropping within her own party, the drop of four points is unexpected.
Harris recently made the news when it was announced the Democratic Party was seeking to change her public perception ahead of the 2024 election. In essence, Harris isn’t as likable as her own party initially thought. There are a few different factors that could be influencing her decreasing popularity, such as her constant laughing during inappropriate times or her reliance on identity politics rather than experience. Despite her dropping popularity within her own party, it seems likely that she’ll be running alongside President Joe Biden during his reelection campaign. To her credit Harris is quite popular among certain demographics, such as women and minorities, making her a prime candidate for the Democratic Party to have alongside Joe Biden. While Harris hasn’t addressed her declining popularity, she has been making the rounds in events more often than usual lately, hinting at a potential effort to increase her dropping poll numbers.
Harris is a notable political candidate, being the first woman to hold the office of Vice President as well as the first woman to deliver West Point’s Commencement Speech. While these milestones are impressive, they’re also the entire basis for Harris’ political identity. She constantly refers to the fact that she’s the first woman to hold her position, how hard it is to be in her position, and so on. It is inspiring, but it also highlights her lack of genuine experience within the political positions she’s occupied. She doesn’t have actual policy to prove her value to the American public, so she instead uses identity politics to draw people in on the basis of shared characteristics.