Polling has shown that Americans have increasingly favored bringing home U.S. troops from Afghanistan in recent years.
In light of President Joe Biden’s withdrawal and the subsequent scenes of chaos in Kabul, however, one new survey shows that nearly 7 in 10 Americans disapprove of how the process was handled.
“This is Saigon”
According to the Daily Caller, the Trafalgar Group surveyed 1,000 voters between Saturday and Sunday as the Taliban claimed control over virtually the entire nation.
In fact, the panicked evacuation of Americans and allies from Afghanistan’s capital city resulted in criticism from across the political spectrum. Pollsters found that 69% of voters disapprove of Biden’s performance — including nearly 60% who said they “strongly disapprove.”
Just 23% approve, with barely more than 1 in 10 reporting that they “strongly approve” of the Biden plan.
Roughly 80% of Republican respondents said they disapprove, as did 65% of independents. A plurality of Democrats is also dissatisfied.
According to Convention of States Action president Mark Meckler, the results leave “no question that the American people are not buying the lies of Afghanistan,” adding: “This is Saigon, and it’s far worse.”
“I know my decision will be criticized”
The ongoing debacle has led to an overwhelming backlash against the Biden administration, including numerous references to the fall of Saigon in South Vietnam in 1975. A number of Afghan citizens reportedly died at Kabul’s airport on Monday as they desperately tried to flee the country.
Critics are accusing Biden of betraying the Afghan people while placing the lives of Americans and allies in danger amid the rapid rise of the Taliban, which has reportedly seized U.S. weapons and freed terrorists in captivity.
For his part, Biden hit back in a speech on Monday that insisted Afghans lacked the will to defend their own country. He also sought to blame former President Donald Trump, who began the withdrawal process last year.
“I know my decision will be criticized, but I would rather take all that criticism than pass this decision onto another president of the United States,” Biden asserted.