Biden’s approval rating drops to lowest point amid rise in COVID, Afghanistan fallout

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WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s approval rating has fallen to the lowest point in his young presidency, sliding below 50% for the first time a new NBC poll found, as COVID-19 cases rise and he battles fallout from a chaotic military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

The poll, conducted from Aug. 14-17 and released Sunday, found 49% approve of Biden’s job performance while 48% disapprove. Other polls this week also found Biden’s approval rating slipping: CBS (50%), Ipsos (46%) and YouGov (44%).

An NBC poll in April found 53% of Americans approved of Biden’s job performance.

While Biden has taken a hit over Afghanistan, his perceived handling of the COVID-19 pandemic – long one of his strongest marks – appears largely behind the dip. The poll found 53% of Americans approve of Biden’s handling of the pandemic, a 16-point drop from April. It comes as the COVID-19 delta variant has spread rapidly, weeks after it appeared the pandemic was getting under control.

“The promise of April has led to the peril of August,” Democratic pollster Jeff Horwitt of Hart Research Associates told NBC News. “It is the domestic storm, Covid’s delta wave, that is causing more difficulties at this stage here at home and for President Biden.”

By Joey Garrison

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NBC News August Poll (8-22-21 Release)


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