President Joe Biden has made some rather poor policy decisions the last several weeks that have left Americans across the political spectrum shaking their heads. Now, it’s starting to show up in the polls.
The latest survey from the liberal-friendly Quinnipiac University showed that Biden’s approval rating has slipped dramatically, with just 42% of respondents registering their approval of the president, compared to 50% who disapproved, The Hill reported.
It’s a significant slide into negative territory for Biden, according to the pollsters, as he had enjoyed 46% approval and 43% disapproval in the same poll in early August.
In their reports, both The Hill and the pollsters pointed to three main issues as the biggest drivers of Biden’s declining approval: his administration’s botched withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, their heavy-handed approach to the coronavirus pandemic, and stagnating economic recovery under his policies in the wake of COVID-19.
The Afghanistan debacle
Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,210 U.S. adults between Sept. 10-13 and, with a margin of error of 2.8%, found that roughly 70% of Americans were either “very” (46%) or “somewhat” (24%) dissatisfied with the nation’s current situation under President Biden. Less than 30% said they were “very” (3%) or “somewhat” (26%) satisfied at this point in time.
On foreign policy, Biden had already been trending negative, and now stands at 34% approval and 59% disapproval, down from 42% and 44%, respectively, in August. As for his role as commander-in-chief, Biden scored 40% approval, compared to 55% disapproval, in the latest survey.
The faltering numbers stem from his disastrous handling of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. Though the majority of Americans were in favor of pulling out of the nation, only 31% of respondents to the Quinnipiac poll said they approved of the way Biden handled it. Sixty-five percent disapproved, the pollster said.
In fact, Biden botched the withdrawal so badly that 62% of Americans believe U.S. troops will eventually have to return to that war-torn region to fight terrorists again in the future, the poll revealed.
Biden sinking on all sides
Things aren’t much better domestically for Biden, whose handling of the pandemic currently has the approval of just 48% of Americans, according to the poll, down from 53% in early August.
As for the economy, Biden currently sits with 42% approval and 52% disapproval, just slightly worse than the 43% approval and 48% disapproval the pollsters found in early August.
Biden has even taken a hit with his base on climate change. Forty-two percent of respondents to the latest survey said they approved of his action on the issue, while 45% disapproved. In the last poll, just 35% had disapproved.
All of that tracks along with President Biden’s undeniable decline in the RealClearPolitics average of polls, which dipped into negative territory for the first time in his presidency in mid-August. Currently, the RCP average pegs Biden at 45.2% approval and 49.8% disapproval, for a negative net spread of 4.6 percentage points.