55 percent now disapprove of Biden job performance: poll
President Biden’s approval rating has dropped to 41 percent in light of the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, a USA Today-Suffolk University poll found.
According to the survey results, 55 percent of those surveyed disapproved of Biden’s job in office.
Sixty-two percent said they disapproved of Biden’s handling of the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, while 26 percent said they approved and 12 percent said they were undecided. Roughly 82 percent of participants said the issue of Afghanistan was either “very” or “somewhat” important to them.
Biden’s approval rating fell below 50 percent in several polls over the past week for the first time since he took office. Polling data released on Monday from a Hill-HarrisX poll conducted Aug. 20-21 found that Biden’s approval rating stood at 49 percent, 6 points down from the 55 percent approval rating he had at the beginning of the month.
At 60 percent, the majority of those surveyed by USA Today and Suffolk University said the war in Afghanistan was not worth it and most said they are supportive of withdrawing from Afghanistan, with 53 percent supporting it and 38 percent opposing.
“Today, President Biden’s overall approval has taken a turn for the worse due to his awful job performance rating on Afghanistan,” director of the Suffolk Political Research Center, David Paleologos, told USA Today. “His approval on immigration and the economy are also upside down. The only issue keeping him remotely in the game is his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, where he is barely at 50%.”
When asked who they thought was most responsible for the war in Afghanistan, former President George W. Bush received the lion’s share at 62 percent, followed by former President Obama, Biden and former President Trump.
The vast majority of people — 84 percent — also said that Afghan allies and their immediate family members should be admitted into the U.S. with special refugee status.
The USA Today-Suffolk University poll was conducted from Aug. 19-23 and was made through phone interviews to 1,000 adults in all 50 states and D.C. The results have a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.