Try as the administration might to change the subject to COVID-19, infrastructure, or abortion rights, President Joe Biden’s job approval numbers are cratering, as American voters express growing disgust over his egregious mismanagement of the U.S. troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, according to new poll numbers.
Though surveys indicate a high level of support for the overall concept of ending American involvement in Afghanistan, an increasing proportion of voters are voicing extreme dissatisfaction over the way in which that decision was implemented by the Biden administration.
A new Yahoo News/YouGov poll of 1,605 adults taken between Aug. 30 and Sept. 1 reveals that Biden’s approval rating has dropped to an all-time low in recent days, with a clear downward shift occurring over the last two weeks.
The study showed that a mere 44% of respondents expressed approval of the manner in which the president is conducting his duties, with 49% disapproving, the first time during his term that Biden has been underwater on this metric in the same poll.
In the aftermath of the deadly attack at the airport in Kabul which killed 13 American service members, negative judgments of Biden’s foreign policy approach mounted, with just 33% of respondents expressing approval of his handing of Afghanistan, with a whopping 55% disapproving.
Poll participants were unhappy not just with the hasty and chaotic evacuation and exit from Afghanistan, but also expressed worry about the long-term implications of the botched processes.
Only 27% of those polled believed that the administration had done enough to bring Americans to safety from inside the country, and a staggering 68% are now concerned about the region becoming a safe haven for terrorists planning stateside attacks.
The Yahoo News/YouGov poll is certainly not the only trouble spot for Biden, as a new Rasmussen Reports poll revealed that a stunning 52% of likely American voters believe that the president needs to resign over the Afghanistan debacle, with 60% expressing agreement with the notion that he deserves impeachment for leaving U.S. citizens and Afghan allies behind after the last of the troops departed.
Though it is increasingly apparent that those inside the Biden administration hope – and indeed expect – that Americans will soon lose interest in the Afghanistan story and move on to the next controversy to dominate the ever-changing news cycle, hopefully the international shame brought upon the nation by Biden’s malfeasance will remain top-of-mind with voters into 2022 and beyond.