President Biden is facing a wave of backlash over Afghanistan — with a poll released Wednesday finding that six in 10 Americans think the US is going off the rails.
The Morning Consult/Politico poll of 1,997 registered voters conducted from Saturday to Monday found that 61 percent believed things in the country have gone “pretty seriously” on “the wrong track.”
That’s compared to just 39 percent of respondents who think the US is “going in the right direction.”
The survey — conducted ahead of Biden’s announcement Monday that the US had completed its military withdrawal from Afghanistan — found that 61 percent of voters disapprove of how he handled the situation.
Only 12 percent said they “strongly approve” and 18 percent that athey “somewhat approve” of the Biden administration’s handling of Afghanistan.
On the other hand, 47 percent said they “strongly disapprove” and 14 percent went with “somewhat disapprove” when asked the same question.
The survey found that a whopping 72 percent didn’t think the troop removal was going well. Only 22 percent said they believed it was going “very” or “somewhat well.”
The poll also showed Biden’s approval rating dipping again, to a record-low 47 percent, in the last days of the chaotic evacuation mission from the Kabul airport. Some 49 percent said they disapproved of his job performance overall.
It came as both Republicans and Democrats criticized the Biden administration’s execution of the Afghanistan withdrawal, which left up to 200 Americans and an unknown number of Afghan allies behind in the Taliban-controlled country.
Still, Biden on Tuesday continued to stand by the mission, declaring it an “extraordinary success.”
Despite the frantic execution of the withdrawal, the president said he “respectfully” disagreed with critics who said evacuations could have begun earlier and been carried out in a more orderly fashion.
He also insisted “there is no deadline” to get the stranded US citizens out of Afghanistan.