ALERT: Joe Biden’s Approval Rating Continues to Nosedive!
Amidst his abject failure in Afghanistan and losing his grip on the pandemic, Joe Biden’s approval ratings continue to plummet.
Biden’s standing among Americans continues to slide, according to the latest national polling data.
Facing a barrage of bipartisan criticism for weeks now over his mishandling of the turbulent U.S. withdrawal and evacuation from Afghanistan, and with an ongoing surge in new COVID cases due to the spread across the country this summer of the highly infectious delta variant, the president’s approval rating stands at 42% and his disapproval at 50% in a Quinnipiac University survey conducted Sept. 10-13.
That’s a significant drop from Quinnipiac’s previous national survey in early August when the president stood at 46% approval 43% disapproval. And it’s the first time Biden’s job approval rating has dropped into negative territory in Quinnipiac polling since the start of his presidency in January.
The president’s approval rating hovered in the low to mid-50s during his first six months in the White House. But Biden’s numbers started sliding last month, as the crisis in Afghanistan dominated media coverage, and mask mandates started returning in certain spots across the country as coronavirus cases rose.
The president stands at 45%-50% approval/disapproval in an average of the latest surveys compiled by RealClearPolitics, and at 46%-49% in a compilation by the polling and analysis website FiveThirtyEight.
“If there ever was a honeymoon for President Biden, it is clearly over. This is, with few exceptions, a poll full of troubling negatives… from overall job approval, to foreign policy, to the economy,” Quinnipiac University polling analyst Tim Malloy highlighted.
The damming poll numbers reflect how Biden has been skewered for his handling of the hastily organized evacuation efforts in Afghanistan. While the president has repeatedly declared the withdrawal and evacuation a success – the U.S. airlifted roughly 120,000 people, including more than 5,500 Americans, after the fall of Kabul to repressive Taliban forces in early August through the end of last month – he’s been accused by Republicans and some Democrats for underestimating the Taliban’s lightning-fast takeover of the country and overestimating the strength of the now-collapsed, U.S.-backed Afghan government and military.
The president’s approval on handling foreign policy now stands at 34%-59%, and his handling of his duties as Commander in Chief of the U.S. military is also underwater, at 40%-55%.
While the rocky exit from Afghanistan is a major factor in the president’s approval rating plunge, it’s not the only issue that’s feeding the fall.
One of the issues that vaulted Biden to the presidency was the coronavirus, the worst pandemic to sweep the globe in a century. Biden vowed to do what Trump seemingly couldn’t do – get COVID cases under control, bring back a sense of normalcy to Americans, and boost an economy that was severely battered by the pandemic.
But the late-summer COVID surge due to the Delta variant is another blow to the president. Biden’s approval on handling the COVID crisis now stands at 48%, with disapproval at 49%. Biden’s approval on the issue in Quinnipiac polling stood at 65%-30% in May and 53%-40% at the beginning of last month.
On another key issue – the economy – Biden stands at a negative 42%-52%, down from 43%-48% in early August and a positive 48%-43% in May.