Pollster sees 'potential upside' for Harris in 2020 polling

Pollster Mallory Newall on Wednesday said that she sees a potential upside in the polling of Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisEx-Obama campaign manager: Sanders can't beat Trump Pollster says Trump's approval rating in 2020 will be impacted by Dem nominee 20 Dems demand no more money for ICE agents, Trump wall MORE's (D-Calif.) 2020 candidacy, despite not being the most well-known presidential candidate in the field. 

"I do think for Kamala Harris in particular, there's a potential upside because, among Democrats, she is really well-liked," Newall, research director at Ipsos Public Affairs, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking." 

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersOvernight Health Care: DOJ charges doctors over illegal opioid prescriptions | Cummings accuses GOP of obstructing drug pricing probe | Sanders courts Republican voters with 'Medicare for All' | Dems probe funding of anti-abortion group Ex-Obama campaign manager: Sanders can't beat Trump Booker calls for sweeping voting rights reforms MORE (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoseph (Joe) Robinette BidenMcAuliffe says he won't run for president in 2020 Ex-Obama campaign manager: Sanders can't beat Trump Trump says he'd like to run against Buttigieg MORE, who has yet to launch a 2020 bid, have continuously been the best-known candidates in the field, according to various polls.  

"Not many of them are well known right now, with your exception of Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, but among those who do know Kamala Harris, a majority of them feel favorable, feel positive toward her," Newall said. 

"So I think there's a potential upside for her to exist in this space of ... going back to the idea of being a change agent, a woman of color who is progressive on a number of issues, and who is kind of looking to shake up the status quo," she said. 

A Des Moines Register–CNN–Mediacom Iowa poll released earlier this week found that 27 percent of likely Iowa caucusgoers said Biden is their first choice for president, followed by Sanders, at 25 percent.  

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOvernight Defense: Reports detail effect of transgender military ban | Watchdog auditing 8 billion submarine program | Warren questions top general on climate change Booker calls for sweeping voting rights reforms Warren praises Ocasio-Cortez in Time 100 MORE (D-Mass.) came in third place, with 9 percent, followed by Harris, at 7 percent. 

However, Harris has seen her favorability ratings rise since announcing her campaign in January. 

The Des Moines Register reports that 49 percent viewed the senator favorably in December, while 58 percent view her favorably now. 

— Julia Manchester