(USA Features) President Joe Biden’s approval rating has taken another hit over the chaotic and deadly withdrawal from Afghanistan, which is still playing out amid rising tensions and violence around the international airport in Kabul where the American pull-out is centered.
Surveys released over the weekend show Biden’s overall approval rating at 50% or below, establishing a trend of falling marks over the summer as the economy took a hit, inflation rose, and as hundreds of thousands of migrants have crossed illegally into the U.S.
The latest NBC News survey has Biden’s approval rating at below 450% for the first time in his short presidency less than a week after the Taliban militant group took over most of Afghanistan.
According to the poll, only 49% of adults think Biden is doing a good job, while 48% disapprove of his job performance.
“Notably, there is stronger sentiment behind disapproval, as among the 48% disapproving are largely strongly in disapproval (41%) compared to those who “somewhat disapprove” (7%). The 49% who [approve] are more closely hedged between strongly (22%) and somewhat (27%),” Newsmax reported Sunday, citing the polling results.
Also Sunday, CBS News released a survey showing that Biden’s approval rating had dropped to 50% from a post-election high in the low 60s. The same number, 50%, also disapprove of Biden’s job performance.
Nearly three-fourths of Americans also said they believe that the pull-out of American forces from the war-torn county was poorly done and badly executed, the CBS News survey found.
When they were asked how they felt the U.S. removal from Afghanistan has gone, 44% said “very badly” while 30% said “somewhat badly.”
Nearly 66% said that they do not think that Biden has any clear plan to evacuate Americans out of Afghanistan; 62% said Biden bore some or most of the responsibility for the Taliban regaining control over Afghanistan while hale said the same for former President Donald Trump.
But importantly, Biden’s falling approval rating is not just due to Afghanistan either, according to Republican pollster Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies.
“The best way to understand this poll is to forget Afghanistan,” McInturff told NBC News.
Democrat pollster Jeff Horwitt of Hart Research Associates tried to spin the numbers, calling them the result of a “summer of discontent” for the embattled president and fledgling administration.
“The promise of April has led to the peril of August,” Horwitt told NBC News. “It is the domestic storm, COVID’s delta wave, that is causing more difficulties at this stage here at home and for President Biden.”
But in fact, Biden is losing ground in a lot of areas.
Other stats in the NBC News poll include:
- Only 29% say the country is heading in the right direction, down 7 points from the last poll.
- 54% are mainly worried and pessimistic about the U.S. future.
- Just 44% are mainly hopeful and optimistic.
- Just 24% consider the economy excellent or good.
- 42% say the worst of COVID-19 is to come, while just 37% say the worst is behind us.
The COVID number is a great deal more pessimistic than April, when 61% of those surveyed said they believed that worst was behind us and just 19% said the worst was yet to come.
“We are still in a red and blue country — not a red, white and blue America,” Hart said, noting the ongoing political divide of the responses though Biden kept promising unity during his campaign and at his inaugural.