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The national poll, conducted Aug 27-30, found that 51% of Americans disapproved of Biden's approach to Afghanistan withdrawal while 38% approved.

Iran PressAmerica: Less than 40% of Americans approve of President Joe Biden's handling of the US military withdrawal from Afghanistan. Three quarters wanted US forces to remain in the country until all American civilians could get out, according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Monday.

The United States and its allies have flown out more than 122,000 people since Aug. 14, including their own citizens and Afghans who helped them over 20 years of war.

But some Americans and many thousands of eligible Afghans did not make it out of the country, which is now once again under the control of the Taliban.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll found that 20% of adults said Biden deserves the "most blame for the current state" of the Afghanistan war.

Ten percent mostly blamed former President George W Bush, who ordered the invasion of the country two decades ago, and 9 percent blamed former President Donald Trump, who last year negotiated a swift withdrawal of US forces.

The poll found that 35% of Americans believe that the coronavirus is the biggest problem facing the country today, while 18% said it was the economy. 

The 20-year conflict cost the lives of more than 2,400 US troops and an estimated 240,000 Afghans. It may have cost as much as $2 trillion.


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