POLL: Majority support keeping troops in Afghanistan until all Americans, allies are out

As violence in Afghanistan has increased in the past few weeks, many Americans have found themselves displeased with the way the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan was handled.

ABC News and Ipsos fielded a poll on August 27 and 28 asking several questions related to the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan (Ipsos). The poll found that Biden’s approval ratings in regards to Afghanistan have severely decreased, beginning before the fall of Kabul to the Taliban.

In the poll, respondents answered three questions. The first asked, “Do you think the end of the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan makes the United States safer from terrorist, less safe from terrorism, or makes no difference?”. Seven percent responded safer from terrorism, 36% responded less safe from terrorism, and 56% responded that it makes no difference.

Then they asked, “Do you think U.S. troops should remain in Afghanistan until all Americans have been evacuated and until all Afghans who aided the U.S. have been evacuated?”. 84% responded that troops should remain until all Americans are out, while 15% felt that was not necessary. 71% thought troops should remain until all U.S. allies have been evacuated, while 28% didn’t deem that necessary.

Finally, respondents were asked, “Do you approve or disapprove of the way Joe Biden is handling Afghanistan?”. 59% responded that they disapprove, while 38% gave their mark of approval. Joe Biden has received a lot of criticism in the past few weeks in the way he has conducted the withdrawal from Afghanistan. He was on vacation while Kabul and the rest of Afghanistan fell to the Taliban and his press secretary, Jen Psaki, was notably out of office as well.

Many Americans were also angry that he was not present when the bodies of the recently fallen soldiers were brought back to the U.S. During a ceremony honoring those soldiers, photographers captured Biden looking at his watch during the pledge of allegiance, which Republicans heavily criticized. Vice President Kamala Harris was also absent from the public eye when the crisis began earlier this month.



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