Joe Biden's Approval Rating Over Handling of Ukraine War Flounders

Nearly half of Americans still disapprove of how President Joe Biden is responding to Russia's invasion of Ukraine as the conflict enters its third week, according to a survey.

A Quinnipiac University national poll, conducted between March 10 and 14, found that 49 percent of respondents have a negative view of Biden's response to the war, compared to 42 percent who approve.

The results show that more people are unhappy with Biden's reaction to the conflict than they were near the start of the month.

According to a previous Quinnipiac University poll taken between March 4 and 6, a total of 45 percent of Americans disapproved of Biden's response to the war, with 42 percent stating they approve.

Biden was previously criticized on both sides of the political divide for not threatening to impose stricter sanctions against Russia sooner, and only announcing plans to do so just days before the all out invasion on February 24.

Three weeks into the conflict, one of the main debates is whether NATO should implement a no-fly zone over Ukraine, which would allow countries within the alliance to shoot down any aircraft violating the Ukrainian air space.

According to the poll, 54 percent of Americans agree with NATO's decision not to implement a no-fly zone, compared to just 32 percent who disapprove.

The poll found that an overwhelming majority of people (75 percent) believe that the U.S. should do whatever it can to help Ukraine while still avoiding a direct war with Russia. Just 17 percent of people believe the U.S. should risk getting into a war with Russia in order to help Ukraine.

The poll also revealed that a majority of Americans (60 percent) think Russian President Vladimir Putin is "mentally unstable," while 24 percent say he is "mentally stable. The results arrive just as Biden referred to Putin as a "war criminal" over the atrocities being carried out in Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky repeated his call for NATO to implement a no- fly zone in order to assist the country during the ongoing attacks from Russia during his speech to Congress on Wednesday.

Following Zelensky's repeated pleas for a no-fly zone, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the U.S. and NATO are "not interested in getting into World War III."

Psaki added that Biden was "speaking from his heart" when he called Putin a war criminal, and based his remarks on the "barbaric actions" being carried out by the "brutal dictator" following the invasion.

The Quinnipiac University poll surveyed 1,936 U.S. adults nationwide between March 10 and March 14, with a margin of error of +/- 2.2 percentage points.

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President Joe Biden speaks during an event to mark the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act at the East Room of the White House on March 16, 2022 in Washington, DC. Nearly half of Americans disapprove of how Biden is responding to Russia's invasion of Ukraine as the conflict enters its third week, according to a survey. Alex Wong/Getty Images