Majority Say Biden Is Weaker Commander-In-Chief

President Joe Biden’s poll numbers have steadily declined since he took office, but one area in particular helped propel him downward with American voters: Afghanistan.

Rasmussen reports released new polling this week showing that the majority of Americans see Biden as a “weaker leader than his predecessors.

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“In the aftermath of the chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal, voter appraisal of President Joe Biden’s leadership has shifted sharply and a majority now view him as a weaker leader than his predecessors,” Rasmussen said.

The group’s poll found that the numbers changed significantly after the chaotic and deadly withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, which left many Americans stranded in the country as the Taliban seized control.

“The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of likely U.S. Voters think, compared to most recent presidents, President Biden is a weaker commander in chief for the military,” Rasmussen said.

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“That’s up from 43% in May. Only 24% now believe Biden is a stronger commander in chief than most recent presidents, down from 32% in May. Fifteen percent (15%) say Biden is about the same as most recent presidents as a military leader.”

The issue has hurt many in Biden’s own party and helped bolster Republican support.

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Gallup released poll data in October reporting that Americans prefer Republicans 54% to Democrats’ 39% on who is better for handling terrorism and security. The poll also found Americans prefer Republicans 50% to 41% for “ensuring prosperity.

“The 15-percentage-point GOP advantage on security matters is its largest since 2015, while its nine-point edge on prosperity is its largest since 2014,” Gallup said. “Last year, the GOP had a narrow advantage on international matters while the parties were essentially tied on economic matters. More of this change has come from declines in Americans perceiving the Democratic Party as better on these issues than from increases for the Republican Party. Meanwhile, the public is narrowly divided (41% Republican Party, 38% Democratic Party) as to which party can better handle whichever issue it deems the most important facing the country. Americans most commonly name the coronavirus pandemic or the government itself as the most important problem.”

 

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