President Biden’s position among Americans continues to decline, according to a new national poll released Tuesday.
Faced with a barrage of bipartisan criticism for a month over its handling of the United States’ turbulent withdrawal and evacuation from Afghanistan, and with a continued rise in new COVID cases due to the spread across the country this summer of the highly infectious delta variant, the president’s approval rating stands at 42% and his disapproval 50% in a Quinnipiac University poll conducted Sept. 10-13.
This is a significant drop from Quinnipiac’s previous national survey in early August, when the president posted 46% approval and 43% disapproval. And this is the first time that Biden’s job approval rating has fallen into negative territory in Quinnipiac’s polls since he began his presidency in January.
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The president’s approval rating hovered between the low to mid-1950s during his first six months in the White House. But Biden’s numbers began to drop last month, as the crisis in Afghanistan dominated media coverage and mask warrants began to return to some places across the country as coronavirus cases increased.
The President stands at 45% to 50% approval / disapproval in an average of the latest polls compiled by RealClearPolitics, and 46% to 49% in a compilation from the survey and analysis site FiveThirtyEight.
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Almost seven in ten people in the poll said it was the right thing to do to end the war in Afghanistan, and a majority (54% -41%) said they approved of Biden’s decision to withdraw all American troops in war-torn Central Asia. nation – end America’s longest war. But with a 65% to 31% margin, the Americans said they disapproved of the president’s handling of the difficult withdrawal and evacuation of American personnel and Afghan allies.
Biden has been pilloried for his handling of the hastily organized evacuation efforts in Afghanistan. While the president has repeatedly declared the withdrawal and evacuation a success – the United States airlifted around 120,000 people, including more than 5,500 Americans, after the fall of Kabul to repressive forces Taliban from early August to the end of last month – he was accused by Republicans and some Democrats for underestimating the rapid takeover of the country by the Taliban and overestimating the strength of the Afghan government and army now collapsed and supported by the United States.
The president’s approval for the management of foreign policy now stands at 34% to 59%, and his management of his duties as commander-in-chief of the US military is also underwater, at 40% to 55% .
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Biden showcased his foreign policy prowess and skill at leading an administration as he challenged former President Trump in the 2020 election. And while Afghanistan’s difficult exit is a major factor in the downfall of the president’s approval rating isn’t the only problem fueling the downfall.
One of the issues that pushed Biden to the presidency was the coronavirus, the worst pandemic to sweep the world in a century. Biden has vowed to do what Trump apparently couldn’t do – bring the cases of COVID under control, bring back a sense of normalcy among Americans, and stimulate an economy that has been severely affected by the pandemic.
But the COVID outbreak at the end of the summer due to the Delta variant is another big blow for the president. Biden’s approval for handling the COVID crisis now stands at 48%, with 49% disapproval. Biden’s approval on the issue in the Quinnipiac poll was 65% to 30% in May and 53% to 40% early last month.
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On another key issue – the economy – Biden is at a negative rate of 42% to 52%, down from 43% to 48% in early August and a positive 48% to 43% in May.
Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,210 adults nationwide in its survey. The overall survey sampling error is plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.