(USA Features) A substantial majority of Americans view President Joe Biden in a negative light over his chaotic and deadly pullout from Afghanistan, according to a new survey.
According to Rasmussen Reports, 70% of those surveyed said they felt shame following the bungled withdrawal, during which 13 U.S. service personnel were killed by a suicide bomber outside the international airport in Kabul.
The majority see the withdrawal as a “national humiliation,” with 51% of those surveyed agreeing strongly with that statement.
“And the feeling is not only one of shame and anger but bipartisanship. The survey outfit said that 56% of Democrats also agree that it was something to be ashamed of,” the Washington Examiner reported, citing the survey’s results.
“Part of the concerns voters apparently have about the quick evacuation after the Taliban took Kabul is fear that Americans will be taken hostage and used as pawns in a diplomatic tussle,” the outlet continued.
In the same survey, more people — 73% — said they believe that Americans will be taken hostage in Afghanistan by the Taliban government.
In the analysis, the pollster referenced a recent House hearing with Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
“Blinken admitted Monday in testimony to the House Foreign Affairs Committee that ‘several thousand green card holders’ were still in Afghanistan after the chaotic U.S. military withdrawal,” an analysis of the survey said.
“Blinken’s admission prompted a swift denunciation from Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse: ‘This is a national humiliation. … President Biden abandoned thousands of these American residents behind Taliban lines to fend for themselves,” it added.
“He has a duty to bring every single American citizen and green card holder home.’”
Other recent surveys show Americans souring on Biden’s presidency, especially after the Afghanistan withdrawal.
The latest NBC News survey has Biden’s approval rating at below 50% 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, citing the polling results.