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The vast majority of American voters believe Joe Biden should resign as president following the disastrous withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan.
According to Rasmussen Reports on Wednesday, a poll asked respondents “Should President Joe Biden resign because of the way the US withdrawal from Afghanistan was handled?”
Some 52 percent of likely U.S. voters responded that they believe Biden should resign, in a poll that was taken over telephone and online nationally.
According to the poll, only 39 percent of likely U.S. voters disagreed, following 9 percent who said they are not sure.
The survey points out that opinions over Biden’s resignation are “sharply divided along party lines,” with three-quarters of Republicans agreeing that Biden should retire.
A large percentage of Democrats or 32 percent also believe that Biden should retire for how he handled the Afghanistan withdrawal.
Additionally, 48 percent of independents believe he should not.
As the poll received responses largely drawn along partisan lines, a predictable 60 percent of Democrats say Biden should not step down despite the fallout despite the withdrawal which left 13 U.S. service members dead and over 170 Afghans also dead in a suspected ISIS-K blast at Kabul airport last Thursday.
In the ensuing fallout following the blast, the Biden administration has sought to point fingers at its allies in the British government, arguing that the British withdrawal effort from Afghanistan insisted upon leaving the Abbey Gate open, and therefore vulnerable to attack amid prior warnings of a potential strike on U.S. forces.
Top British officials denied American reports that the UK pushed to keep the site of the Kabul airport attack open. Earlier this week, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said it was “just not true,” to suggest that the British called for the area to be left open.
“Just to pick up on something which has emerged from the United States over the past 24 hours, there seems to be an accusation by the Americans that we somehow endangered their forces on the ground by insisting on one of the gates at the airport, remaining open, what is the truth of it?” A Sky News host asked Raab.
“Look, we coordinate very closely with the U.S., in particular around the ISIS-K threat that we anticipated, although tragically were not able to prevent,” Raab said. “But we, it’s certainly right to say that we got our civilian staff out of the processing center by Abbey Gate — but there’s no, it’s just not true to suggest that other than securing our civilian staff inside the airport that we were pushing to leave the gate open,” Rebel News reported.
According to Rasmussen Reports, the survey also asked respondents to indicate whether they agreed with the statement: “I think Joe Biden deserves to be impeached because he’s abandoned thousands of Afghans who fought with us and he’s going to abandon some American citizens because he capitulated to the Taliban to a 31 August deadline.”
60 percent of respondents said they “somewhat agree” with the statement, followed by 46 percent who said they “strongly agree” with the suggestion that Biden should be impeached.
Another 37 percent said they “somewhat disagree” with the statement, and 29 percent said they “strongly disagree.”
Despite the lack of confidence in Biden’s ability to lead the country, voters said they are not at all confident with the abilities of Vice President Kamala Harris to assume office. 47 percent said Harris is “not at all qualified,” followed by 11 percent who said, “she is not very qualified.”
Only 38 percent of those who took the survey indicated any amount of confidence in Harris’ ability to assume Biden’s role.