Joe Biden Not Viewed as Strong Leader by Most Americans: Poll

Most American voters don't believe President Joe Biden is a strong leader, according to a new poll that was conducted as the crisis in Ukraine began to unfold.

A Fox News poll published on February 24 found that 61 percent of registered voters didn't think the president is a strong leader, while just 36 percent believed that he is.

The survey was carried out from February 19 to 22 as the Biden administration grappled with the emerging crisis in Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine on February 21 and Biden announced an initial tranche of sanctions the following day.

The poll was conducted for Fox News under the direction of Beacon Research and Shaw & Company Research among 1,001 registered voters and had a margin of error of +/-3 percent.

Fox News polling enjoys an A rating from poll tracker FiveThirtyEight.

A previous Fox News poll conducted from September 12 to 15, 2021, found that 45 percent of respondents believed Biden was a strong leader compared to 53 percent who did not.

The February poll also asked registered voters whether they believed Biden had been tough enough on Russia, with 56 percent saying he hadn't been tough enough. A further 29 percent said he had been about right on Russia and 8 percent said he had been too tough, while 6 percent didn't know.

There is also widespread concern about the situation in Ukraine as 26 percent of respondents said they were extremely concerned and 40 percent said they were very concerned. A further 24 percent said they were not very concerned and 8 percent were not concerned at all.

Registered voters broadly believed the situation in Ukraine mattered. Thirty-five percent of respondents said it matters a great deal, while 40 percent said it matters "some." Just 14 percent said it didn't matter much and 7 percent answered that it didn't matter at all.

The Fox News poll was conducted during a crucial few days for the Ukraine crisis, but before Putin authorized what he described as a "special military operation" and the Ukrainian government quickly identified as a "full-scale invasion."

On February 21, Putin ordered Russian troops into the two breakaway regions - the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic and Donetsk People's Republic - and Biden responded the same day, issuing economic sanctions against those regions.

Biden imposed further sanctions on Russia on February 22, including prohibiting the purchase of Russia's sovereign debt. Nonetheless, Putin launched an attack on Ukraine late on Wednesday night U.S. time and the fighting is ongoing.

The president announced further sanctions in an address on Thursday, but has faced a backlash for not imposing sanctions on Vladimir Putin himself. Some believe Biden should be doing more to cut Russia off from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) banking system.

The new sanctions target Russia's four largest banks and also prevent Russia from importing certain U.S.-made technologies, including semiconductors, telecommunications, encryption security, lasers, navigation and maritime technologies.

Newsweek has asked the White House for comment.

Biden Delivers Remarks About Russia and Ukraine
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks about Russia's “unprovoked and unjustified" military invasion of neighboring Ukraine in the East Room of the White House on February 24, 2022, in Washington, DC. A new poll from Fox News shows most registered voters don't believe Biden is a strong leader. Drew Angerer/Getty Images