The approval rating for the work of US President Joe Biden dropped to 46% after the Taliban seized power in Afghanistan. it should from a joint poll by Reuters and the Ipsos poll conducted on 16 August.
It is clarified that this is the minimum for the entire period of Biden’s stay in power. Compared to a similar poll last week, the rating of the American leader fell by 7 percentage points. Previously, 53% of Americans spoke about his support.
A separate Ipsos poll, also conducted on August 16, found that less than half of Americans approve of Biden’s military and diplomatic policies in Afghanistan. The president, who had previously praised Afghan forces for “good equipment”, was rated worse by citizens than his three predecessors – including George W. Bush, under whom the US launched a military operation in Afghanistan, Reuters notes.
In addition, according to an Ipsos poll, 75% of Americans supported the decision to send additional troops to ensure the security of key facilities in Afghanistan. Roughly the same number supported the evacuation of Afghans who were helping the US military in the country.
American troops have been in Afghanistan for almost 20 years, since 2001. Their withdrawal became known this spring. Biden explainedthat the States have fulfilled their tasks in this country – we are talking about the fight against the head of Al-Qaeda Osama bin Laden and terrorism in general.
In July, against the backdrop of the withdrawal of US troops in Afghanistan, hostilities resumed between the Taliban and government forces. On August 15, the Taliban entered Kabul without opposition from the authorities and announced that they were in control of the entire country. President Ashraf Ghani then resigned and left Afghanistan.