The frantic evacuation of Americans from Kabul, Afghanistan has left voters dissatisfied with President Joe Biden’s withdrawal from America’s longest war.
A new poll from the Trafalgar Group found that almost 70% of voters from across the political spectrum disapprove of how Biden has handled Afghanistan, the Washington Examiner reported.
Voters aren’t happy
The Trafalgar Group found that 59.5% of Americans strongly disapprove, while just 12.4% approve and 10.7% strongly approve.
The poll was taken this weekend and appears to mirror widespread condemnation of Biden in the media and in Washington D.C. as critics slam the withdrawal as an incompetent, disgraceful debacle and a betrayal of America’s allies in the 20-year war that ended Sunday with a Taliban takeover.
The coup took the Biden administration by surprise and forced Americans and their allies to make a desperate evacuation, despite Biden having promised Americans they would never see helicopters evacuating the embassy like they did decades earlier in Saigon, Vietnam.
The grim scenes continued Monday, USA Today reported, as Afghans were seen trying to board cargo and commercial aircraft at Kabul airport. Several reportedly died, and some are believed to have fallen from the sky to their deaths after attempting to cling to the exterior fuselage or landing gear as the planes took flight.
Large numbers of Democrats are apparently sharing the embarrassment, with about 48% disapproving of the situation and 36.9% saying they strongly disapprove, while only 39.8% said they approve.
New refugee crisis
The plan for withdrawal began under former President Donald Trump, but Biden pushed back Trump’s May deadline to August in an attempt to take credit for ending the war.
He still wants that credit, but none of the blame for the messy withdrawal, which he is laying with Trump and the Afghans, who Biden says failed to defend their country.
While the Afghanistan War has long fallen out of favor with the American public, the chaotic exit has found support for ending the war erode to 49% from 69% in April, according to a separate poll.
Biden has ordered thousands of U.S. troops back to Kabul to temporarily secure the city’s civilian airport as the evacuation continues.
While many Americans are embarrassed by the devastating scenes unfolding on television and distraught over the sacrifice of soldiers that appears wasted to many, the debacle in Kabul is set to resonate far beyond Afghanistan’s borders as a refugee crisis begins to take shape.