By Steve Cowan
The victory of the Taliban in Afghanistan and the chaotic evacuation of Americans and their Afghan allies from the Kabul airport turned into serious political costs for US President Joe Biden.
A new public opinion poll evidences this.
Biden’s rating dropped to 41 percent amid the Taliban’s seizure of power in Afghanistan, a joint poll by USA Today and Suffolk University showed.
More than half, 55 percent, of the survey participants, said they disapprove of Biden’s work as president.
62 percent said they disapprove of Biden’s actions in connection with the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, 26 percent said they approve of them, and 12 percent could not decide on an answer.
About 82 percent of the participants said that the problem of Afghanistan is “very” or “to some extent” important to them.
While the president is supported by 87 percent of Democrats, only 32 percent said he is doing his job.
Biden’s rating fell below 50 percent in several polls last week – for the first time since he took office.
Published on Monday, data from a joint survey of the Hill newspaper and the HarrisX sociological service, conducted on August 20-21, showed that Biden’s rating was 49 percent, which is 6 percentage points lower than the 55 percent that he had at the beginning of the month.
“Today, Biden’s overall rating has worsened due to the terrible assessments of his work in connection with Afghanistan,” David Paleologos, director of the Center for Political Studies at Suffolk University, told USA Today. – His ratings on immigration and the economy also went down. The only issue that keeps him in the game a little bit is his actions in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, where he is barely gaining 50 percent.”
The majority of those polled by USA Today and Suffolk University, 60 percent, said that the war in Afghanistan was not worth starting. Also, more than half, 53 percent, supported the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, while 38 percent opposed it.
Although most respondents believe that Biden did a bad job with the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, few blame him because something went wrong during the war itself.
Among those who believe that the war was not worth starting, only 7 percent call Biden the president who bears the greatest responsibility.
15 percent named Barack Obama, who promised to stop the US participation in the war but did not keep his promise.
At the same time, almost two-thirds, 62 percent, blamed George W. Bush – the president who ordered the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.
Now 73 percent of Americans believe that Afghanistan will become a base for terrorists who want to attack the United States.
The development of diplomatic relations with the new rulers of Afghanistan enjoys little support; 71 percent said that the United States should not recognize the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan.
Biden did not attach much importance to criticism of him and falling ratings, saying that the American public will eventually support his decision to withdraw troops.
“My job is to draw conclusions that no one else can or will do,” Biden said. – I made them. I am convinced that I was absolutely right in deciding not to send young women and men to war anymore – a war that is no longer justified.”