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Poll: Nearly half of Americans disapprove of Biden's performance

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)

Nearly half of the US citizens disapprove of President Joe Biden's performance, a number that shows the country is sharply divided over the Democratic leader.  

According to a CNN poll released on Wednesday, which has surveyed 1,000 adults from Oct. 7-11, 50 percent of the American respondents approve of Biden’s job performance, while 49 percent said they are not satisfied.

The CNN poll comes as other surveys conducted in the wake of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan show lower numbers of Biden’s approval rating.

A Monmouth University poll released in mid-September found 65 percent of those surveyed believe the US is on wrong track under the leadership of Biden, up from 56 percent two months earlier.

Meanwhile, Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said in a statement that the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic by the Biden administration and the chaotic 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,” Murray reiterated.

However, Press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters last week that the White House is not concerned about the polling results, adding that the numbers are largely affected by the lingering impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.


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