Biden's approval rating crashes to 41% amid Afghanistan withdrawal

Biden’s approval rating crashes to just 41% as a result of the botched Afghanistan withdrawal: Polls continue to drop for president amid the chaos in Kabul

  •  Biden’s disapproval was at 55 per cent in a new USA Today / Suffolk University poll
  • He dropped below 50 per cent in the latest NBC poll 
  • Comes amid 62 per cent disapproved of the way the administration handled withdrawal from Afghanistan
  • Comes amid chaos at the airport in Kabul and a rush to evacuate Americans and special immigrant visa applicants 

The turmoil in Afghanistan appears to knocked down President Joe Biden’s approval rating, with just 41 per cent of Americans approving of his job as president in a new survey.  

Biden, whose approval has hovered around the 50 per cent mark in other recent surveys, is ‘underwater’ with a disapproval rating of 55 per cent in the new USA Today / Suffolk University poll.

‘Today, President Biden’s overall approval has taken a turn for the worse due to his awful job performance rating on Afghanistan,’ David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk Political Research Center, told the paper. 

President Joe Biden’s approval rating was at just 41 per cent in a new USA Today / Suffolk University poll

 Biden’s approval had hovered around 50 per cent before the Afghanistan crisis and the spread of the Delta variant

‘His approval on immigration and the economy are also upside down. The only issue keeping him remotely in the game is his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, where he is barely at 50%.’ 

The survey was taken during days of searing images from the packed airport in Kabul.

It follows an apparently climb-down of his approval amid the rise of the Delta variant of COVID-19.

Biden’s approval rating of the pandemic stood at 50 per cent, but just 26 per cent approved of his handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan after the nation’s two-decade war. 

People who want to flee the country continue to wait around Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 24, 2021

People wait to enter to the Hamid Karzai International Airport, to flee the country, in Kabul, Afghanistan, 23 August 2021

This comes despite public backing of his decision to pull out U.S. troops, by a margin of 53 to 38. 

A strong majority of 62 per cent disapproved of the way the administration handled withdrawal.

Kabul fell in a matter of days amid Taliban gains after Biden announced he would pull all U.S. troops out of the country before Sept. 11th.  

An NBC News poll released Sunday put Biden’s approval rating at 49 per cent – the lowest of his presidency and the first time he had gone below 50 per cent as president. 

That poll was taken between August 14 and August 17, when the sudden fall of Kabul was still being absorbed, but amid rising infections and hospitalizations due to the coronavirus. 

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