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Still No Sign of Biden’s Predicted Post-Afghanistan Rebound

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the administration’s continued drawdown efforts in Afghanistan in a speech from the East Room at the White House in Washington D.C., July 8, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters)

More evidence disputing the “Biden will rebound once Afghanistan is out of the news” argument, from the Pew Research Center: “Fewer than half of U.S. adults (44 percent) now approve of the way Biden is handling his job as president, while 53 percent disapprove. Since spring, public confidence in Biden has declined across several issues… About half still express confidence in his handling of the coronavirus and the economy – but majorities have little or no confidence in him in four other areas. Positive evaluations of several of Biden’s personal traits and characteristics have shown similar decreases. Compared with March, fewer adults say Biden cares about people like them, and fewer describe him as standing up for his beliefs, honest, a good role model and mentally sharp.”

Only 43 percent of Americans think Joe Biden is mentally sharp? How could that possibly happen?

Intriguingly, even Democrats are losing their enthusiasm about Biden. “On his job rating, for example, there has been a 13 percentage point decline in the share of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents who approve of Biden’s performance (from 88 percent in July to 75 percent today).”

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