A new poll from The Federalist and Susquehanna Polling & Research contains troubling news for President Joe Biden and his policy agenda, with the 46th president’s approval rating falling to just 38 percent in the days following his administration’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan. The full poll, which surveyed 800 likely voters on from August 12 through August 18, found that 49 percent of those surveyed approved of the job Biden is doing as president, while 45 percent disapproved.
However, a sub-sample of 327 likely voters polled between August 16 and August 18 when news of the fall Afghanistan became public found that only 38 percent approved of Biden’s job, while 51 percent of those polled after Afghanistan fell disapproved of Biden’s job so far.
Americans are also deeply concerned about the current direction of the country, the poll found. Only 27 percent of American voters believe the nation to be headed on the right track, while 60 percent believe the country is headed in the wrong direction. Even a majority of Democrats, 56 percent, answered that the country was headed in the wrong direction. Fifty-eight percent of independents agreed that the country was headed in the wrong direction nearly seven months into Biden’s first term as president.
The poll found that while Americans largely approve of how Biden has handled the COVID-19 epidemic so far — 53 percent said they approved of Biden’s handling compared to 40 percent who disapproved — American voters overwhelmingly oppose new lockdowns to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus which is believed to have leaked out of a Chinese lab in Wuhan.
The poll found that 61 percent of American voters oppose efforts to lock down the country, including small businesses and schools, to stop the spread of the virus. Only 29 percent of those surveyed said they supported additional mandatory lockdowns.
Americans also largely disapprove of Biden’s handling of immigration and border security. According to the poll, 59 percent of Americans disapprove of the job Biden is doing on immigration, while only 22 percent approve of his administration’s immigration policies so far. A whopping 92 percent agreed with the statement that illegal immigrants detained at the southern border between the United States and Mexico who test positive for COVID-19 should be quarantined. Sixty-two percent of voters said illegal immigrants who tested positive for COVID-19 should be denied entry to the U.S. entirely.
A recent Washington Examiner expose on COVID-19 at the border found that federal immigration officials do not test immigrants as a matter of course.
“They aren’t tested at encounter,” a border official told the paper.
The poll also contained good news for Republicans heading into 2022’s mid-term congressional elections. According to the poll of likely voters, Republicans currently hold a 1-point advantage in the so-called generic ballot test.
Full results and crosstabs of the poll from The Federalist and Susquehanna Polling & Research can be found here. Topline poll results and methodology can be found here.