In the latest poll by Reuters/Ipsos, approval for Joe Biden dropped to the lowest level since his inauguration. Mishandling of the Afghanistan withdrawal, fumbling of the COVID-19 response, at the worsening crisis at the southern border has turned many Americans against Biden. The Daily Mail reports:
President Biden’s approval plunged seven points to its lowest level so far in a poll published on Tuesday, as voters said his handling of the Afghan war was worse even than President George W. Bush.
The Reuters/Ipsos poll was taken on Monday, when Biden faced growing anger at his decision to stay away from the White House through a weekend when the U.S. embassy in Kabul was evacuated and Taliban fighters closed on the Afghan capital.
The national opinion poll found that 46 percent of American adults approved of his performance in office, marking his lowest level in the poll since he was inaugurated.
On Friday, the same poll put his approval rating at 53 percent.
Biden has faced withering criticism from Democrats and Republicans for the way the crisis – triggered by his decision to bring home all U.S. troops – unfolded.
Thousands of Americans and Afghans who worked for the U.S. remain stranded in the country after officials were unprepared for the speed of the Taliban advance.
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell told Fox News: ‘There are up to 15,000 Americans stranded out in the country who presumably have to beg the Taliban to let them get to the airport, not to mention the interpreters who worked with us and other Afghans who are in danger because they cooperated with us.
‘All of this is the aftermath of the decision first to withdrawal, and then to withdrawal in a precipitous and incompetent way.’
The result is a White House scrambling to limit the political fallout from days of negative headlines and telephone footage of an unfolding catastrophe.
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