Just 38 percent of North Carolina residents approve of Joe Biden's performance as president, according to a recent poll.
Sixty percent of North Carolinians also say the country is on the "wrong track," compared with just 28 percent who say it is headed in the right direction, according to a High Point University poll released Tuesday. Concerns about Afghanistan and economic issues contributed to Biden's unpopularity among state residents. Just 25 percent of respondents approve of his administration's chaotic troop withdrawal from Kabul last month, and only 34 percent support his handling of the economy.
The poll numbers are the latest sign of voters' growing dissatisfaction with the president, who received nearly 49 percent of the vote in North Carolina during last year's presidential election. Biden's national approval rating has plummeted to 43 percent from a high of 57 percent in January, according to a Gallup poll released last week. And in bellwether Iowa, 62 percent of residents disapprove of Biden's performance as president, according to a recent Des Moines Register poll.
Biden has faced a series of crises since his inauguration, including record illegal immigration at the southern border, surging COVID-19 cases, and elevated inflation. His administration's botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, during which a terrorist attack killed 13 U.S. service members, has helped cause a recent drop-off in his approval rating, especially among independents. Just 37 percent of independents approve of Biden's job performance, down from 48 percent in July, according to Gallup.