According to a Rasmussen Reports survey released Monday, President Biden is doing a “poor” job handling Afghanistan, as indicated by a majority of U.S. voters who also believe Americans will be abandoned in Afghanistan after the August 31 deadline.
The survey asked respondents, “How would you rate the Biden administration’s handling of the current situation in Afghanistan?”
A majority, 52 percent, rated Biden’s handling “poor,” followed by 21 percent who said “good,” 14 percent who said “fair,” 11 percent who said “excellent,” and 1 percent who remain unsure.
Politics strongly influences views of how Biden is handling Afghanistan. Fifty-three percent (53%) of Democratic voters rate the administration’s handling of the current situation in Afghanistan as good or excellent, but only 16% of Republicans and 24% of voters not affiliated with either major party share that view. Seventy-eight percent (78%) of GOP voters rate the Biden’s administration’s handling of Afghanistan poor, an opinion shared by 24% of Democrats and 57% of unaffiliated voters.
Half believe that Biden’s decision to withdraw all U.S. military forces by the Taliban-approved August 31 deadline is a “bad decision.” Just over one-third, 34 percent, described it as a “good decision.”
Incredibly, only eight percent believe that no Americans will be left behind after the U.S. military withdrawal is completed. A plurality, or 36 percent, believe that “more than 500” Americans will be left behind, while 15 percent think it will be between 100 and 500. According to the survey, 11 percent predict 50 to 100 Americans will be left behind, and another 11 percent say it will be less than 50. About one-fifth of voters remain unsure:
Fifty-three percent (53%) of Republicans believe more than 500 American civilians will be left behind in Afghanistan after the U.S. military withdrawal, a view shared by 20% of Democrats and 36% of unaffiliated voters. Forty-three percent (43%) of Democrats think fewer than 100 American civilians will be stranded in Afghanistan after the withdrawal, an opinion shared by 13% of both Republicans and unaffiliated voters.
The survey was taken among 1,000 likely U.S. voters on August 26 and 29, 2021, with a +/- 3 percent error margin.
Biden defined the mission last week as getting “as many people out as we can within the time frame that’s allotted,” instead of evacuating every American, essentially admitting Americans will be left behind enemy lines.