CBS News poll: Most Americans disapprove of Biden’s handling of Afghanistan withdrawal

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CBS News poll: Most Americans disapprove of Biden’s handling of Afghanistan withdrawal
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CBS News poll: Most Americans disapprove of Biden’s handling of Afghanistan withdrawal
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Most Americans have wanted to withdraw from Afghanistan for a while, and most still do.

But not like this.

Public reaction to what’s happened there is decidedly negative, with Americans now fearing wider repercussions from a heightened threat of terrorism. Back home, the public weighs in with rough judgments on President Biden — not only for his handling of it, but with his overall presidential approval rating dropping substantially, and broader views of his qualities like effectiveness and competence taking hits along with it.

Looking forward, there is widespread and cross-party agreement on helping those Afghans who helped the U.S., including those who worked as translators or in intelligence, and on the belief that the U.S. is not presently doing enough to help civilians get out of Afghanistan, a critique that also finds agreement from most Democrats as well as most Republicans.

It is also clear the public draws a distinction between the desire to leave Afghanistan and how it is handled.

And even though support for withdrawing has dipped since the spring, those who disapprove say it’s because the situation wasn’t handled well — more so than they think troops now ought to stay. Moreover, Americans mostly blame the Afghan government and its army for the Taliban takeover.

Mr. Biden gets a net negative rating for handling the withdrawal, with mainly Democrats backing him here and a substantial drop since July.

You can read the rest of Anthony Salvanto, Jennifer De Pinto, Kabir Khanna, Fred Backus’ article at CBSnews.com

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