Seven in 10 Americans disapprove of Joe Biden’s decision to withdrawal from Afghanistan after the Taliban took over the country in just over a week
- A new poll shows 69.3 per cent of likely general election voters disapprove or strongly disapprove of Joe Biden’s handling of the situation in Afghanistan
- A whopping 80.8 per cent of Republican voters disapprove
- Poll came as the Taliban was able to take over Afghanistan in just over a week
- Biden addressed the nation in a press conference from the White House on Monday after he was slammed for not publicly addressing the crisis for six days
- He doubled-down on his decision for total withdrawal despite criticism
The vast majority of Americans are not happy with President Joe Biden’s handling of the situation in Afghanistan as the country falls to the Taliban in just over a week, a poll released Monday shows.
The Trafalgar Group/Convention of States Action survey, taken among 1,084 likely general election voters, shows that the disapproval transcends parties, age range, gender and ethnicity.
Of the whole data set, 69.3 per cent of respondents either strongly disapproved or disapproved of Biden’s decision to fully withdraw from Afghanistan and the events that unfolded in the aftermath.
On the other hand, only 23.1 per cent of likely general election voters approve of the president’s actions related to the Middle Eastern nation.
The Taliban was easily able to take over control of Afghanistan in a little over one week – and on Sunday took Kabul as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani fled the country.
Among Democratic voters, 48.2 per cent disapprove of Biden’s handling of military operations in Afghanistan, according to the survey, which was conducted August 14-15 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.98 percentage points.
A new poll shows 7 in 10 likely general election voters (69.3 per cent) disapprove or strongly disapprove of Joe Biden’s handling of the situation in Afghanistan
Biden addressed the nation in a press conference from the White House on Monday after he was slammed for not publicly addressing the crisis for six days. He doubled-down on his decision for total withdrawal
Republicans are much more against the president’s actions in Afghanistan with 88.8 per cent disapproval and only 7.1 per cent approval.
Eight in 10 GOP voters say they are against Biden’s military action in Afghanistan.
Biden addressed the nation in a press conference at the White House on Monday after he was accused of going on ‘vacation’ to Camp David as Afghan security forces and the government swiftly fell to the Taliban as they invaded Kabul on Sunday.
During the press conference on Monday, the president doubled-down on his decision to end the two-decade-long U.S. military presence in Afghanistan – and didn’t take any questions from members of the press gathered for the impromptu remarks.
Democrats still largely disapproved of Biden’s decisions on the situation in Afghanistan
Republicans had a much more united from, with a whopping 80.8 per cent disapproval
Biden’s withdrawal and handling of the events afterwards was slammed by politicians on both sides of the aisle and dubbed a ‘failure’.
The president and his top military brass admitted they did not expect Afghanistan to fall as quickly as it did to the Islamic militant group.
Many military members who served or know people who died serving started questioning on social media what the sacrifice was for.
Biden said on Monday that while he realizes his decision is not popular, and that he will get backlash, he did not want to pass the decision onto a fifth president on whether to keep U.S. forces in Afghanistan after initially starting a presence there after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
‘I stand squarely behind my decision,’ Biden said from the White House. ‘After 20 years I’ve learned the hard way. That there was never a good time to withdraw U.S. forces.’
‘I am president of the United States of America,’ he added. ‘And the buck stops with me.’
Former President Donald Trump called for Biden to resign for the ‘disgrace’ in Afghanistan and his handling of COVID-19 and the border crisis
Afghan residents warmed the airport in Kabul on Monday to try and get on planes evacuating other international citizens from the country as it fell to the Taliban
‘The truth is – this did unfold more quickly than we had anticipated. So what’s happened? Afghanistan’s political leaders gave up and fled the country,’ he continued. ‘The Afghan military collapsed, sometimes without trying to fight.’
‘American troops cannot and should not be fighting in a war and dying in a war that Afghan forces are not willing to fight for themselves,’ he said.
Immediately following his remarks, Biden ducked out of the room without taking any questions and returned to Camp David, where he traveled to with first lady Jill Biden on Friday and will remain until Wednesday.
The remarks were the first time the president spoke publicly about the unfolding crisis in six days. He was forced to return from Camp David amid hostile headlines about his absence from Washington while Americans were being rescued from the Kabul airport.
Afghan residents run alongside a U.S. Air Force C-17 as it evacuates people from the Kabul airport – and some plummeted to their death after holding onto the side of a U.S. military jet as it took off