Biden job approval sinking following US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

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Biden job approval sinking following US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

Facing bipartisan criticism for his handling of the US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, President Biden is seeing a staggering drop in job approval from the public. 

A new poll conducted by Marist, NPR and PBS NewsHour, found a 10 point decrease in job approval from May to September, dropping from 53% to 43%. Seven percent of respondents remained unsure. 

On the disapproval side, the poll saw a 10 point jump in job disapproval from May, increasing from 41% to 51% of respondents “disapproving of the job Joe Biden is doing as president.”

The groups’ survey was conducted through Aug. 26 to Aug. 31 and questioned 1,241 adults. It carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3.8%. 

A separate recent survey done by ABC News/Washington Post, also found a large decrease in Biden’s job approval. 

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Biden’s approval rate was as high as 67% when he first entered office.
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Conducted Aug. 29 – Sept. 1 among 1,006 adults, the poll saw a drop to 44% job approval from 50% in June, with 51% disapproving.

Having started in office with 67% approval, Biden now sits at 44% after slowly decreasing over the summer. The survey carries a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points. 

The stark drop comes days after the US completed the chaotic full troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, which saw the deaths of 13 US servicemembers and nearly 200 Afghans last week. 

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said around “100” Americans remain in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of troops.
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Tuesday marked the end of America’s longest war that lasted 19 years and 47 weeks, costing some $2 trillion and taking the lives of nearly 2,500 US troops and about 240,000 Afghans over the years.

As the Taliban took over the nation and thousands rushed to flee the country before the deadline, US troops helped evacuate over 122,000 civilians on US military aircraft since Aug. 14.

However, “several hundred” Americans remain in the war-torn country following the withdrawal, according to the Pentagon.

A victim receives medical assistance in a hospital after he was wounded in the deadly attacks outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.
A victim receives medical assistance in a hospital after he was wounded in the deadly attacks outside the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that number is probably closer to “100” Americans left. 

The Marist poll found that 61% of Americans disapproved of how Biden handled the Afghanistan crisis, while only 32% approved. Similarly, the ABC News/Washington Post poll saw 60% disapproval compared to 30% approval. 

Some hundreds of people run alongside a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane as it moves down a runway of the international airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Some hundreds of people run alongside a U.S. Air Force C-17 transport plane as it moves down a runway of the international airport, in Kabul, Afghanistan.
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The ABC/Washington Post survey was close to being evenly split on the effect of the US withdrawal on the nation’s safety from terrorism with 45% saying there is no difference and 43% saying the country is less safe. Only 8% said the country is safer due to the withdrawal. 

Overall, the Marist poll reported 71% of Americans found the US’ role in Afghanistan to be a “failure,” with only 20% calling it a “success.”

Arriving refugees evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan
Arriving refugees evacuated from Kabul, Afghanistan walk to board a bus that will take them to a refugee processing center nearby.
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