Afghanistan apparently may end up being Joe Biden’s Waterloo.
That famous battle essentially ended Napoleon’s control of his nation, and now new poll numbers show after his catastrophic results in Kabul in recent weeks, Biden’s approval numbers are falling off a cliff.
Fox News reports he has the approval of only about 43% of respondents to an NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.
Fifty-one percent disapprove – a flip-flop of results from just weeks ago.
“Amid the tumultuous and chaotic withdrawal of U.S. forces and personnel from Afghanistan over the past couple of weeks, there’s no letup in the slide of President Biden’s approval ratings,” Fox reported.
“The new survey is the latest to indicate that the rocky exit from Afghanistan, ending a two-decade U.S. military presence in the war-torn Central Asian country, is taking a toll on the president’s political standing.”
His approval since taking office last winter always had been in the low to mid 50s. But a month ago they started falling and apparently haven’t stopped. Now he is at 45%-49% approval-to-disapproval in many surveys.
Criticism of the Democrat president over Afghanistan has been coming from both Democrats and Republicans, but his approval in the latest Marist poll included a 10-point plunge just from independents.
His own party dropped him by five points.
The survey shows 56% of Americans disapprove of his foreign policy and 61% reject his handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal.
“More than seven in ten Americans – including supermajorities of Republicans, independents, and Democrats, say the U.S. role in Afghanistan was a failure,” the report said.
“Although most Americans do not place the blame for the failed policy in Afghanistan on President Biden, many think he has mishandled the withdrawal of U.S. troops,” Marist Poll director Lee Miringoff highlighted. “The end of this chapter of American involvement in Afghanistan has taken a significant toll on Biden’s standing with Americans.”
Rasmussen reports said only a day earlier that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters think Biden should resign because of the way the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan was done. Only 39% – far short of the apparent 50-plus percent who voted for him for president – disagreed.
But the news just gets worse for Democrats. A Biden resignation would install Kamala Harris, now vice president, as the new commander in chief, and Rasmussen confirmed that “most [Americans] don’t think Vice President Kamala Harris is qualified to replace Biden if he leaves office.”
The survey of 1,000 U.S. Likely Voters was conducted on August 30-31, 2021 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence.
Paul Bedard wrote bluntly of the survey’s results in his Washington Secrets column in the Examiner.
“People have seen enough of President Joe Biden and his administration’s bumbling over the Afghan withdrawal and now want him to resign,” he said. “In the latest shocking display of the president’s polling free fall, the latest Rasmussen Reports survey found that a majority, 52%, wants Biden to resign over the withdrawal alone. Just 39% disagrees, far short of his political base.”
The data, he said, “twins” with the president’s weekly job approval rating, “which also shows that the nation, for now, has given up on the aging president who sometimes appears fumbling.”
Actually, Biden’s verbal gaffes and stumbles have been evident for years, only lately to take a turn down and revealing him unable sometimes to complete a sentence or finish a thought. Sometimes he appears simply to not understand a question, when he does take one. Often, at news conferences, he simply makes a statement, then turns his back on reporters and walks away from their questions.
Bedard noted Biden’s effort to defend his Afghanistan results “and turn the public’s attention to other issues,” “has flopped.”
“Rasmussen revealed 60% of voters agree with a statement last week by South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham: ‘I think Joe Biden deserves to be impeached because he’s abandoned thousands of Afghans who fought with us and he’s going to abandon some American citizens because he capitulated to the Taliban to a 31 August deadline,'” his column said.
The problem for America is that voters do not consider Harris capable of taking over.
“Only 38% said she is ‘qualified’ to be president, while a sizable 58% said she isn’t. And 47% said she is ‘not at all qualified,’ the lowest rating in the poll,” he reported.
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