An overwhelming majority of people in the United States believe the nation is headed down the wrong direction, according to a new survey.
The Monmouth University poll, released on Thursday, found 65 percent of American respondents believe the US is on wrong track, up from 56 percent two months ago.
The survey found that only 29 percent of adults said the United States is on the right track, down from 38 percent who said the same in a July poll.
Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic by the Biden administration and the hasty US retreat from Afghanistan likely contributed to the latest survey results.
“Most Americans approve of ending the war in Afghanistan, but the images of a disorderly withdrawal did not help Biden at a time when the rise in Covid cases is already unsettling the public,” Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a statement.
About 48 percent of Americans said President Joe Biden seriously mishandled the US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Biden also failed to deal with the rising COVID-19 cases, due in large part to the highly contagious delta variant and its effect on unvaccinated Americans.
The poll also showed that Biden’s approval rating dropped to 46 percent, with an equal amount disapproving of his job performance. Biden’s numbers declined among Democrats, Republicans and independents.
The Taliban are poised to run Afghanistan again 20 years after they were removed from power by American forces following the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
The US invaded Afghanistan in October 2001. American forces occupied the country for about two decades on the pretext of fighting against the Taliban. But as the US forces left Afghanistan, the Taliban stormed into Kabul, weakened by continued foreign occupation.