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 Harris2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally Biden's health care gaffe shows he's not ready for prime time The Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP 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 Sanders2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally Cardi B posts message of support for Ilhan Omar #IStandWithIlhan trends after crowd at Trump rally chants 'send her back' MORE (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Biden2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally Can Biden's canceled cancer initiative be salvaged? Biden's health care gaffe shows he's not ready for prime time 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 WarrenNew CDC overdose estimates are nothing to celebrate 2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally Democratic Houston councilwoman announces Senate bid 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