Only 38 Percent of Americans Back Biden's Handling of Afghanistan in Poll Taken After Attack

A new ABC News/ Ipsos poll conducted after Thursday's deadly Kabul airport attack found that only 38 percent of Americans support the way President Joe Biden is handling the situation in Afghanistan. That marked a decline from the 55 percent of Americans who said in an ABC News/Ipsos survey from July that they approved of it.

The new poll was taken on August 27-28 after the suicide bombing outside the Hamid Karzai Airport that claimed the lives of 13 U.S. service members and over 160 Afghans.

The survey also found that 84 percent of Americans believe that U.S. troops should stay in Afghanistan until all Americans are evacuated regardless of the mission's deadline this Tuesday. Additionally, 71 percent of respondents think that U.S. troops should stay until all Afghan allies who assisted the U.S. are evacuated.

A majority of Republicans and Democrats also think that U.S. troops should leave Afghanistan after evacuating all Americans and Afghan allies. According to the poll, 87 percent of Republicans and 86 percent of Democrats think troops shouldn't leave until all Americans are evacuated—while 77 percent of Republicans and 72 percent of Democrats think that U.S. forces should stay until Afghan aides are evacuated, too.

Over half of Americans (56 percent) believe that the U.S. military presence on the ground in Afghanistan will not impact how safe America is from terrorism, according to ABC's poll. But 36 percent feel the country will be more endangered.

The survey also showed that Republicans are more likely to feel that America will be less protected against terrorism—with 59 percent believing that this will happen if U.S. troops withdraw from Afghanistan, compared to only 21 percent of Democrats who think so.

Meanwhile, a U.S. military airstrike reportedly killed an ISIS-K planner Friday who was responsible for the terrorist attack near the airport. Nearly a day before, Biden vowed to punish those accountable for the bombing.

On Sunday, a rocket struck a house near Kabul's airport and reportedly killed several children.

Biden has been criticized by a number of lawmakers for mishandling the evacuation process in Afghanistan.

On Saturday former Republican vice presidential candidate and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin called President Joe Biden a "liar" over his handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal.

"I think Republicans in Congress are wasting their time with their rhetoric about impeaching him because they will never do it, because most politicians they'll talk about it but they won't do it," she said on Watters' World on Fox News. "We have more of a chance of seeing him resign, than we do of him being impeached."

Additionally, Republican Florida Representative Michael Waltz earlier warned that the U.S. withdrawing all troops from Afghanistan will lead to the resurgence of Al-Qaeda, adding that "Biden gave all our bases away."

The new ABC News/Ipsos poll was conducted among 513 adults, with the results having a margin of sampling error of 4.9 points.

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Only 38 percent of Americans approve of the way President Joe Biden is handling the situation in Afghanistan compared to 55 percent who approved of it before the blast at Kabul airport, according to a new ABC News poll. Above, Biden pauses while listening to a question from a reporter about the situation in Afghanistan in the East Room of the White House on August 26, 2021 in Washington, DC. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images