Afghanistan is Crushing Biden’s Approval Ratings

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President Joe Biden is in real trouble amid the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.

A new USA Today poll found that Biden’s overall job approval rating now stands at 41%, compared to 55% disapproval. Before last week, national polls calculated that Biden’s approval rating was over 50%.

The decline among independents is key to Biden’s waning support. Only 32% of independents say Biden is doing a good job. By contrast, 87% of Democrats still back the president. So they are hanging on at all costs?

Though half of the country approves of Biden’s handling of the pandemic, he’s hemorrhaging in other critical areas. Notably, only 26% approve of Biden’s handling of the Afghan withdrawal. Furthermore, just 39% say they are on board with Biden’s economy.

“Today, President Biden’s overall approval has taken a turn for the worse due to his awful job performance rating on Afghanistan,” says David Paleologos, director of the Suffolk Political Research Center.

“His approval on immigration and the economy are also upside down. The only issue keeping him remotely in the game is his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, where he is barely at 50%.”

Not studied is Biden’s support among the media, which had planned to extend its honeymoon with the president beyond the summer months. Biden still has protectors like George Stephanopoulos, but overall, the press has slammed Biden’s handling of the withdrawal from Afghanistan. Even CNN and Chuck Todd have expressed disapproval.

Staunch Biden defenders cite the statistic that 53% of Americans back Biden’s decision to pull out troops. While they are technically correct, they miss the main point. It’s Biden’s handling and strategy that is of consequence, not the withdrawal in general, and the USA Today poll says that 62% of Americans disapprove of the handling and strategy.

So what do these numbers mean long-term?

If we compare Biden’s presidency to a boxing match, we’d say that he has been knocked down in two straight rounds and he’s losing his lead in the scorecards. Biden has two years to shift the country’s attention elsewhere before the 2024 presidential election.

Biden’s re-election plan originally included hiding, and touting peaceful tensions across the country whenever he had to make an appearance. Neither strategy is plausible at the moment. If he wants to win in 2024, Joe Biden must start winning instead of not losing, the strategy he rode to the White House in 2020.

Written by Bobby Burack

Bobby Burack is a writer for OutKick where he reports and analyzes the latest topics in media, culture, sports, and politics..

Burack has become a prominent voice in media and has been featured on several shows across OutKick and industry related podcasts and radio stations.


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  1. So you’re saying trapping Americans in a country you turned over to terrorists, after giving said terrorists a massive cache of military weaponry, and actually trying to charge Americans $2,000 each to leave on an airplane, all due to your MASSIVE incompetence with no backup plan in case things got to shit might have a negative effect on how others perceive your?

  2. Remember these polls are always bullshit, even when they’re good news for us. Anyone who thinks that senile piece of shit has a shred of ‘approval” ought to be in jail with the rest of them. There is literally NOTHING he offers except no mean tweets.

  3. Biden was never going to be around in 2024. The Democrats were hoping to keep him around until February 2023 so they could rig 3 elections for Kamala. He will be replaced by Kamala before the midterm elections.

  4. Biden has never, ever given a shit about the country in all his years
    In political office. He enriched himself and his family on the backs of American taxpayers. That is what he considers a successful life. He is the quintessential piece of shit.

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