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September 23, 2021 3. Biden administration’s handling of Afghanistan and views of accepting Afghan refugees in the U.S.

A few weeks after the United States withdrew its last troops from Afghanistan, the Biden administration continues to receive low marks for its handling of the situation there. About a quarter of Americans (24%) say the administration has done an excellent or good job in dealing with the situation in Afghanistan; 26% say it has […]

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September 23, 2021 Methodology

Overview The American Trends Panel (ATP), created by Pew Research Center, is a nationally representative panel of randomly selected U.S. adults. Panelists participate via self-administered web surveys. Panelists who do not have internet access at home are provided with a tablet and wireless internet connection. Interviews are conducted in both English and Spanish. The panel […]

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September 23, 2021 1. Views of Biden and congressional leaders

Over the past several months, Joe Biden’s approval rating has dipped among most demographic and political groups. Today, 44% of U.S. adults overall say they approve of the way he is handling his job as president, down from 55% in July. Biden’s approval rating among men and women has declined by about the same margin […]

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September 23, 2021 Acknowledgments

This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals: Research team Carroll Doherty, Director, Political ResearchJocelyn Kiley, Associate Director, Political ResearchBaxter Oliphant, Senior ResearcherBradley Jones, Senior ResearcherAndrew Daniller, Research AssociateHannah Hartig, Research AssociateAmina Dunn, Research AnalystTed Van Green, Research AnalystVianney Gomez, Research Assistant Communications and editorial Nida Asheer, […]

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September 23, 2021 Biden Loses Ground With the Public on Issues, Personal Traits and Job Approval

Americans show more support than opposition for two infrastructure bills; majorities favor raising taxes on large businesses and high-income households.

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September 23, 2021 Appendix: Defining income tiers

To create upper-, middle- and lower-income tiers, respondents’ 2020 family incomes were adjusted for differences in purchasing power by geographic region and household size. “Middle-income” adults live in families with annual incomes that are two-thirds to double the median family income in the panel (after incomes have been adjusted for the local cost of living […]

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September 23, 2021 2. National economic ratings and concerns

As the country continues to struggle with the coronavirus and its effects on public health and the economy, only about a quarter of U.S. adults (26%) rate national economic conditions positively. About three-quarters (74%) say current economic conditions are only fair or poor. Overall, the share who say economic conditions are excellent or good is […]

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September 2, 2021 Two Decades Later, the Enduring Legacy of 9/11

Twenty years ago, Americans came together – bonded by sadness and patriotism – after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. But a review of public opinion in the two decades since finds that unity was fleeting. It also shows how support for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq was strong initially but fell over time.

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