A new Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll survey that was shared with The Hill on Monday showed that 48% of respondents reported having a positive view of former President Donald Trump, while 46% say they have a positive view of current President Joe Biden.
Additionally, the poll reported that 49% of those surveyed had an unfavorable opinion of the current president, while 47% had an unfavorable opinion of the former president. These poll findings show a dramatic shift for Biden, who had previously been outperforming the former president in favorability numbers. Biden’s reputation has suffered as a result of multiple crises facing America, including the recent withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.
“The mounting issue on all fronts have led to the surprise conclusion that Trump is now seen as good a president as Biden, suggesting the honeymoon is being replaced now with buyer’s remorse,” says Mark Penn, the co-director of the Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll survey.
“Since Trump lost the popular vote by 5 points, Trump getting 51% as a better president is actually an improvement from Election Day. Past Harvard CAPS-Harris polls have shown Biden’s approval ratings slowly sinking, though this most recent poll showed Biden’s overall approval rating to be the lowest since taking office at a whopping 50%.”
This downward trend suggests that the Afghanistan crisis had a much larger influence on the Biden administration than was portrayed. His biggest drops in approval were in his handling of foreign affairs and the Biden administration’s efforts to fight terrorism, both of which dropped 13 points since July.
These opinions have influenced the entire Biden administration, with 55% saying they approve of former Vice President Mike Pence over current Vice President Kamala Harris. This will bode well for the former vice president, as he prepares for a possible 2024 presidential run.
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