A majority of Americans are displeased with the Biden administration’s execution of a U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, which has ushered in a Taliban takeover of that war-torn nation.
That growing disillusionment can be seen in President Joe Biden’s declining job approval rating in recent polls.
A trend emerges
In fact, one poll found Biden’s approval rating dropped by as much as seven points between Friday and Monday — coinciding with the dates the president spent secluded as the Afghan capital city of Kabul fell to the Taliban, leaving thousands of Americans and allies stranded.
The staggering drop was registered in the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll, which surveyed 947 Americans, including 403 Democrats and 350 Republicans, and came with a 4% “credibility interval.”
Biden’s approval rating stood at 53% on Friday and sunk to 46% by Monday, marking the lowest point since he took office in January.
Meanwhile, a separate snap poll of 1,000 Americans conducted by Ipsos on Monday focused solely on the Afghanistan disaster. That survey was weighted even more substantially in favor of Democrats with 443 in that party compared to just 247 Republicans.
The results skewed more in favor of the president, but pollsters did not directly ask about his management of the troop withdrawal effort.
The Afghanistan connection
Judged against his three predecessors on his handling of the 20-year Afghanistan war, however, Biden came in last.
Former Presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump each received a positive rating of 51%, followed by George W. Bush at 47%. Biden trailed behind all of them with a score of just 44%.
The Rasmussen Daily Presidential Tracking Poll found similarly inauspicious results to its recent surveys. On Wednesday, pollsters found that Biden’s job approval rating stood at 46% — or eight points below his 54% disapproval rating.
For its part, the RealClearPolitics average of polls still shows Biden with a narrow advantage of 49.6% approval to 47.2% disapproval, although that is the slimmest such margin since Inauguration Day.
To millions of Americans horrified by the scenes from Kabul and across Afghanistan this week, it is clear that Biden has failed in his vow of an orderly withdrawal. That realization is increasingly evident in his sudden approval rating downturn.