Biden’s support from Dems collapses amid mishandling of Israel-Hamas conflict

November 20, 2023

President Biden's approval rating has collapsed to a new low.

A recent NBC News poll indicates a significant drop in President Biden's approval rating, now at 40%, with particular discontent over his handling of the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.

This development marks a challenging phase for the Biden administration, as it grapples with the complexities of foreign policy and its impact on domestic approval.

The conflict between Israel and Hamas, which began with a Hamas incursion into southern Israel on October 7, 2023, has been a critical issue for the Biden administration. President Biden has maintained U.S. support for Israel throughout this period. However, this stance seems to have contributed to his declining approval ratings, as reflected in the recent poll.

The NBC News poll, conducted from November 10 to 14 among 1,000 registered voters, reveals a stark decline in Biden's popularity. His overall approval rating stands at 40%, the lowest since he took office. This decline is even more pronounced among younger voters, with 70% of those aged 18-34 disapproving of his handling of the war.

Democratic Support Wanes Over Foreign Policy

Within Biden's own party, the support appears to be fracturing. Only 51% of Democratic voters approve of his approach to the Israel-Hamas war. This figure is particularly concerning for the administration, as it suggests a significant portion of his base is dissatisfied with his foreign policy decisions.

The poll also highlights a broader disapproval among the general electorate. Just 34% of all voters approve of Biden's handling of the Israel-Hamas conflict. This low approval rating is indicative of the challenges Biden faces in maintaining support across the political spectrum during international crises.

Independent voters, a crucial demographic in U.S. politics, also express significant disapproval. Nearly 60% of independents, along with almost 70% of Republican voters, disapprove of Biden's handling of the situation. This widespread discontent across party lines underscores the complexity and divisiveness of the issue.

Public Reaction and Political Implications

Public reaction to Biden's foreign policy has been notably visible. Last week, a protest erupted in front of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters in Washington, D.C., signaling growing unrest among the public over the administration's approach to the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Democratic pollster Jeff Horwitt of Hart Research Associates, who helped conduct the survey, commented on the situation. He noted, “Joe Biden is at a uniquely low point in his presidency, and a significant part of this, especially within the Biden coalition, is due to how Americans are viewing his foreign policy actions.”

This statement reflects the growing concern within the Democratic Party about the potential political fallout from the administration's foreign policy decisions.

Joe Biden is at a uniquely low point in his presidency, and a significant part of this, especially within the Biden coalition, is due to how Americans are viewing his foreign policy actions.

The Israel-Hamas conflict has been a contentious issue for the Biden administration. The war began with a Hamas incursion into southern Israel on October 7, 2023, and has since evolved into a major international crisis. President Biden's decision to continue U.S. support for Israel has been a key factor in his declining approval ratings, as evidenced by the recent NBC News poll.

Analysis of Poll Results and Voter Sentiments

The poll's findings are significant not only for their immediate implications but also for what they suggest about the broader political landscape. Biden's 40% overall approval rating, the lowest of his presidency, indicates a challenging road ahead for his administration. The disapproval is particularly pronounced among younger voters, with 70% of those aged 18-34 expressing dissatisfaction with his handling of the war.

Among Democratic voters, the approval rating stands at 51%, a concerning figure for the administration. This suggests a divide within the party, potentially impacting Biden's ability to mobilize his base on key issues.

The 34% approval rating from all voters on Biden's handling of the war further underscores the widespread disapproval of his foreign policy approach.

The disapproval extends across party lines, with nearly 60% of independents and 70% of Republicans expressing discontent. This broad-based dissatisfaction reflects the polarizing nature of the Israel-Hamas conflict and its impact on U.S. domestic politics.

A Presidency at a Crossroads

President Biden's approval rating has hit a new low, largely due to dissatisfaction with his handling of the Israel-Hamas conflict. The NBC News poll, conducted among 1,000 registered voters, reveals deep divides across the political spectrum.

The administration now faces the challenge of regaining trust and support, not only from its base but also from independents and younger voters.

As the situation evolves, the administration's response to these challenges will be critical in shaping the future of Biden's presidency and U.S. foreign policy.


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