A new poll indicates more American people are blaming President Joe Biden rather than former President Donald Trump for the collapse of the Afghanistan government.
A Rasmussen Reports survey released on Wednesday, Aug. 18, finds that 51% of “Likely U.S. Voters” say Biden is more to blame for the Taliban taking over Afghanistan, while 38% think former Trump is more to blame.
Fifteen percent of Americans are not sure who is more responsible for the Afghanistan strategy.
The survey was conducted with 1,000 “U.S. Likely Voters” on August 16-17, after the Taliban militants claimed victory when they seized the capital of Kabul on Sunday, Aug. 15.
According to another survey by Rasmussen Reports, the incident is immediately reflected in Biden’s job performance, with his approval rating hitting the lowest point in his presidency at 45% on Aug. 17.
In their blame game, the incumbent president has claimed that he inherits a withdrawal deal negotiated by the Trump administration, while the former president criticized Biden for “failure through weakness.”
Some other surveys conducted following the fall of the U.S.–backed Afghan regime also show negative results for President Biden.
According to an Aug. 16 Reuters/Ipsos poll, Biden’s job rating dropped by 7 points to 46%, the lowest since he took office.
Biden’s polling average from Real Clear Politics has also dropped to below 50% for the first time in his presidency.
The latest Morning Consult/Politico survey found that 49% of voters supported Biden’s withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan. That figure is down 20% points since mid-April when he looked to have a political winner on his hands with an announcement that he would withdraw all U.S. ground troops from Afghanistan by the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.