In light of the unfolding crisis in Afghanistan with the Taliban taking over the country just before the U.S. military was completely pulled out of the country, President Joe Biden’s approval rating is crashing in a new USA Today/Suffolk University poll.
The poll showed that just 41% of those surveyed approved of Biden’s job performance, while 55% disapproved. Until last week, most polls put Biden’s approval at over 50%.
Most people supported the Afghanistan withdrawal, but don’t think Biden is doing it right.
82% of respondents said that the situation in Afghanistan, where thousands of Americans were still trapped on Tuesday, was important to them, but 62% said they didn’t think Biden was doing a good job with Afghanistan.
Biden losing ground
Biden has lost major ground with Independents, with only 32% of that group approving of his job performance in the poll.
He has also gone underwater in approval ratings for the economy and immigration, pollsters noted.
“Today, President Biden’s overall approval has taken a turn for the worse due to his awful job performance rating on Afghanistan,” director of the Suffolk Political Research Center, David Paleologos, told USA Today. “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%.”
Most of those surveyed did not think the war with Afghanistan was Biden’s fault, but they did fault his planned pullout.
A huge majority, 84%, said that the U.S. should admit Afghan refugees who helped the U.S. during the 20-year long war.
Not fast enough
The Biden administration said 10,900 people were airlifted from Kabul in 12 hours on Monday, but it was unclear how many of them were Americans, and how many Americans are still left in the country.
Update: Between 3 AM and 3 PM ET today, a total of approximately 10,900 people were evacuated from Kabul. 15 U.S. military flights carried approximately 6,660 evacuees, and 34 coalition flights carried 4,300 people.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 23, 2021
One DOD report said that around 4,000 U.S. passport holders and families have been evacuated from Kabul, but that was far less than the estimated at least 15,000 Americans left in the country.
It is likely that when the August 31 deadline for troop withdrawal comes, there will still be Americans in the country, and it is not clear if or when they will be able to get out once the American troop presence is gone.