Trump Calls Kamala Harris 'Phony,' but Americans Say She's More 'Honest' Than Pence

President Donald Trump has gone on the attack against Kamala Harris, the presumptive Democratic vice presidential nominee, repeatedly branding the California senator "phony," among other adjectives.

Yet, while the president has sought to paint Harris as the "meanest, most horrible" and "most disrespectful" "phony," a new poll suggests Americans believe the California senator is more "inspiring, honest and caring" than Trump's own Vice President Mike Pence.

Published on Thursday, the new ABC News/Ipsos poll, which was conducted between August 11 and August 12 and saw 1,044 people surveyed, with 930 registered voters interviewed, found voters feel more positive towards Harris than Pence.

Harris was generally viewed in a "slightly positive light" by voters, Ipsos, which rounded percentage points off to the nearest whole number in reporting its findings, found.

At least 37 percent of voters polled said they see California senator favorably, compared to 32 percent who said they see her in an unfavorable light.

Pence, meanwhile, was viewed in a generally "negative" light, with at least 33 percent of voters holding favorable views of the vice president compared with 47 percent who have unfavorable views.

Questioned on whether candidates held a series of positive attributes, more voters said Harris represented those traits than not, while the same was not true for Pence.

Generally, Harris was seen as being "more inspiring, honest, and caring" than Pence, with the biggest difference being on candidates' ability to inspire, with 43 percent saying "inspiring" describes Harris well, compared with 30 percent who described Pence that way. Thirty-one percent said it did not describe Harris well, while 53 percent said they would not attribute the word to Pence.

When it comes to being viewed as "honest and trustworthy" more voters said those words described Harris than those who said they did not, with nearly 41 percent (40.8 percent) saying they view Harris as honest and trustworthy, compared with 31 percent who said they did not share in that sentiment.

Meanwhile, at least 41 percent said they felt Pence is honest and trustworthy, but 43 percent said they did not believe those words described the vice president.

Asked whether they felt Harris cares about people like them, 40 percent said they did, compared with 34 percent who said they did not feel that way. Meanwhile, 38 percent said they feel Pence cares, while 47 percent said they did not believe that.

With so much focus on whether Biden's running mate would be a suitable successor should the need arise, a plurality of voters said they believe Harris is qualified to become president.

Generally, more voters said they feel positive towards Biden's decision to pick Harris as his running mate than not, with 47 percent of voters rating the former vice president's pick as an "excellent" or "good" choice, including 83 percent of Democratic voters and 68 percent of Black voters.

Forty-two percent, meanwhile, said they believe Biden's selection of Harris as a running mate, the first presidential decision he will have made if elected in November, reflects positively on his ability to make important decisions.

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden's running mate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) listens to Biden make remarks at the Alexis Dupont High School on August 12, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Harris is the first Black woman and first person of Indian descent to be a presumptive nominee on a presidential ticket by a major party in U.S. history. Drew Angerer/Getty
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