Biden's Approval Declines After Afghan Withdrawal, COVID-19
An AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll shows that Biden's approval declined following a salvo of crises his administration was hit by, such as the pandemic and the withdrawal from Afghanistan.
A poll conducted by AP-NORC revealed a decline in the approval of President Biden in the United States and elsewhere, following the salvo of crises his administration is undergoing.
The results showed that 50% approve of Biden, while 49% disapprove. This is 4% down from the approval rate in August when 54% approved of the Democrat president, which also constituted a decline to July's 59% approval rate.
According to the poll, the factors that affected Biden's approval rate were:
- The withdrawal from Afghanistan
- The Biden administration's policy toward refugees, especially those coming from Haiti
- The threat the Delta variant poses
- The 'drama' between Biden and Congress over the former's economic, infrastructure, and tax policies
The poll also shows that Biden's legitimacy has slumped among all political parties in the United States, declining from 92% to 85% among Democrats and 62% to 38% among independents. Results also showed that only 11% of Republicans support Biden's policies.
Approval also declined among both black Americans, 86% to 64%, and white Americans, 49% to 42%.
AP-NORC's follow-up interviews found that people had mixed feelings about Biden; however, they still saw him as preferable to former President Donald Trump.
The interviewees voiced out the problems they had with the 46th president. The most prominent ones were found to be: The administration's dealings with the pandemic, the withdrawal from Afghanistan, and an economy that tilted in favor of corporations and the wealthy - what is noteworthy is that all of these problems are the aftermath of Trump-era policies, but Biden is facing the repercussions.