Americans disapprove of President Joe Biden more intensely than they approve of him, a new poll from The Federalist and Susquehanna Polling & Research shows.
The survey conducted last week not only measured Biden’s falling approval rating following his administration’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan but also noted the intensity gap between those who think the president is doing a good job and those who don’t.
Of the 800 people surveyed, 49 percent said they approved of the job Biden is doing as president while 45 percent said they disapproved. The intensity of this approval and disapproval, however, changed drastically when broken down.
Approximately 32 percent of people surveyed said they “strongly approve” of Biden’s presidency, which dropped to 17 percent for those who said they “somewhat approve” of Biden’s time in office. On the disapprove side, 41 percent of those surveyed said they “strongly disapprove” of Biden. Only 4 percent said they “somewhat disapprove.”
The poll was publicized shortly after Biden and others at the White House spent much of their time hiding from the press and on vacation. While thousands clamor to leave Afghanistan after the Taliban swiftly dismantled the United States’ decades-long pet project in just one weekend, it took the administration a week to make empty promises about getting stranded Americans back home.
These conditions have only exacerbated Americans’ doubts about the current administration. According to the same poll, only 27 percent of American voters believe the nation is headed in the right direction. Sixty percent of those surveyed believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, including a majority of Democrats, 56 percent.
“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 survey concluded.