Don’t look now, but President Joe Biden’s approval ratings are falling hard and fast. In the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll, the president’s numbers slid to just 43%. Many Americans continue to react negatively about how the President managed the disastrous Afghanistan pullout.
Biden’s Approval Rating Down Six Points From July
Biden’s approval rating of 43% is his lowest number so far in his eight months sitting in the White House. This is six points below his approval rating last July.
The main group responsible for his fall from grace are Americans who identified themselves as Independents. Overall, only 36% of independents currently approve of his performance. This is a 10% drop from the previous July survey.
Losing the confidence of independents is an impending sign of doom for Biden and the rest of the Democratic Party. Biden won the Independent vote during the 2020 elections, but now a majority think he’s flying off the rails.
Now, the president can only hope to prove that his decision on Afghanistan will be seen in a better light by Americans in the long run.
Failure in Afghanistan Caused Biden’s Drop in Approval Rating
It took seven months of Biden’s presidency for many Americans to start looking at him in a more negative light. Many are now disagreeing with Biden with regards to cultural, economic, and Afghanistan-related issues.
Now, 41% of American adults now strongly disapprove of how Biden is doing his job. This includes 81% of Republicans.
For Afghanistan in particular, 61% of Americans saw the withdrawal as a failure. This includes 71% of independents, who said that Biden’s management of the Afghanistan crisis is a failure, although refugees are now welcome at this time.
The view on Afghanistan jibes with the majority's disapproval of Biden’s foreign policy stewardship. In addition, 71% of Americans think the war in Afghanistan is an epic fail.
38% thought that the US should have continued with the withdrawal, but should have left some troops. 37% wanted a complete pullout, while 10% wanted all troops to remain there.
Afghans Should Take Control Of Their Future, Not The US
In addition, only 29% of adult Americans agree that the US has a duty to continue involvement in Afghanistan. In contrast, 61% want Afghans to handle their affairs without US involvement.
However, many Americans felt a sense of compassion for Afghans who worked with the US during their 20-year stay. 73% support the idea of allowing Afghan refugees to come to the United States.
Broken down, however, Republicans are split in what to do with refugees. 49% of Republicans agree with bringing refugees to the US while 44% do not.
Who Is To Blame for Afghanistan?
Partisan lines showed up when the survey asked which President should be responsible for the entire Afghanistan war. 36% of all Americans said it was George W. Bush who originally sent the troops there.
Democrats blame Bush and Donald Trump for what happened. Meanwhile, Republicans said that Biden and Barack Obama were the main culprits.
As the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks approaches, 44% of all survey respondents think that the USA is less safe now than before 9/11.
Only 30% say that the country is much safer now. 25% say it’s the same. Among those who say that the US is not safe at the moment, 66% were Republicans.
Watch The Damage Report’s video asking if the Afghanistan withdrawal is tanking Biden's approval rating:
Do you agree with the NPR survey results? Do you approve or disapprove of President Joe Biden’s handling of his job? Did Afghanistan change your mind about Biden?
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