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Poll: Kamala Harris Tanks in Second Debate

Most Democrats said they thought Harris won the first round of debates in June. That number shrank dramatically for the second round in July.

By NTK Staff | 08.06.2019 @9:47am
Poll: Kamala Harris Tanks in Second Debate

Sen. Kamala Harris’s (D-CA) Miami debate performance in June was enough to launch her into the top tier of candidates vying for the Democratic nomination for president. But her follow-up performance in Detroit last month did little to move voters.

The results should not be surprising. Harris’s opponents aggressively attacked her health care proposal, calling it unrealistic and lacking proper pay-for mechanisms. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) also ripped into Harris’s career as a prosecutor, arguing she “blocked evidence that would have freed an innocent man from death row until the courts forced her to do so” and that she kept people in prison “beyond their sentences to use them as cheap labor for the state of California.”

Perhaps that’s why less than half of those who said she turned in an “excellent” performance in Miami said the same thing about the second debate in Detroit.

“Democratic primary voters were underwhelmed with Senator Kamala Harris’ debate performance last week as her poll bounce continues to fade,” said Tyler Sinclair, Morning Consult’s vice president. “Notably, 43 percent of Democratic primary voters said Harris performed ‘excellent’ at the June debates, compared to 20 percent who said the same about last week’s Detroit debates.”

The winner of the second round of debates was Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), according to the Morning Consult/Politico poll. Three out of 10 respondents said Warren was the “winner” of her debate. Another 18 percent said that about Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and 14 percent said it about former Vice President Joe Biden (D-DE).

But voters do not think Warren has the best chance of defeating President Donald Trump, despite her debate performance. That honor still goes to Biden, who 42 percent of primary voters said had the best shot at unseating Trump. Just 17 percent said that about Sanders, and 13 percent said the same about Warren.

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