Voters view vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) most unfavorably when they are made aware that she supports giving “government-funded health care” to illegal immigrants and civil penalties for illegal border crossings, according to a Morning Consult poll that was after former Vice President Joe Biden announced Harris as his 2020 running mate.
Morning Consult asked voters about a range of issues—including gun control, the Green New Deal, raising taxes—and asked voters if they had a “more or less favorable” view of Harris after hearing that she supported various policy choices.
The survey found that just 20 percent viewed Harris more favorably when they were told she supported giving government-funded health care to illegal immigrants while 42 percent viewed her less favorably. Similarly, 20 percent viewed Harris more favorably when told she supported decriminalizing border crossings while 41 percent viewed her less favorably.
Morning Consult polled 1,990 registered voters after Harris’s selection was announced, and the poll had a margin of error if +/- 2 percentage points.
Harris raised her hands during the primary debates when candidates were asked if they supported giving government-funded health care to illegal immigrants and favored civil penalties for illegal border crossings.
When the candidates debated in Miami, Florida, moderator Jose Diaz-Balart asked the candidates: “Raise your hand if you think it should be a civil offense rather than a crime to cross the border without documentation?”
The Trump campaign was quick to remind voters that Harris was one of the candidates who raised her hand to Diaz-Balart’s questions.
When it comes to government-funded health care for illegal immigrants, Harris, in interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, said she wanted to be clear about her support for government-funded health care for illegal immigrants. When Tapper asked her about government-funded healthcare programs for people in the country illegally, Harris said: “I’m opposed to any policy that would deny in our country any human being from access to public safety, public education, or public health. Period.”