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 HarrisSan Francisco police chief apologizes for raid on journalist's home Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign Senate Democrats to House: Tamp down the impeachment talk 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 SandersBernie SandersGillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign DNC boss says candidates to be involved in debate lottery CEO pay rising twice as fast as worker pay: AP MORE (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGiuliani meets with former Ukrainian diplomat to get info on Dems Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign DNC boss says candidates to be involved in debate lottery 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 WarrenGillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign CEO pay rising twice as fast as worker pay: AP Senate Democrats to House: Tamp down the impeachment talk 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