An Associated Press poll indicates a majority of Americans think President Biden hasn’t been tough enough when it comes to dealing with Vladimir Putin and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The survey indicates 56% of adults believe Biden hasn’t been tough enough while a mere 6% think he has been too tough. 36% indicate the President’s response has been “about right.”

“Few are very confident that he can handle a crisis, and a majority thinks he lacks toughness in dealing with Russia,” the AP reports.

The outlet points out that the poll “shows Americans have yet to rally around his leadership” and Biden’s “negative approval rating has not budged” as the conflict rages on.

Overall, 43% of adults in the new poll approve of the way Biden is handling his job as president, while 56% said they disapprove.

On foreign policy matters pertaining to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, President Biden struggles across the board:

  • Effectively managing the military (39% have hardly any confidence, 26% have a great deal of confidence).
  • Incorporate advice from advisers in decision-making (32% have hardly any confidence, 32% have a great deal of confidence).
  • Promoting U.S. standing in the world (39% have hardly any confidence, 28% have a great deal of confidence).
  • Effectively handling a crisis (42% have hardly any confidence, 26% have a great deal of confidence).

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Biden Isn’t Tough Enough On Putin

A separate poll from Fox News around the same time period – roughly one month into Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine – reveals voters want President Biden to do more to help Ukraine.

A majority of voters oppose sending in American troops but, by a 63-32% margin, they think more should be done for Ukrainians in their fight against Russia. 

Shock jock Howard Stern recently sang Biden’s praises, saying his handling of the Ukraine invasion is a masterstroke.

“People [say,] ‘Joe Biden’s not a good president.’ He’s a great president, not a good president. He’s a great president,” Stern said, praising the administration’s handling of the situation in Ukraine and suggesting Republicans think “Putin is cool.”

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Putin’s Puppet

Former President Donald Trump saw similar poll numbers when it came to dealing with Russian President Vladimir Putin, though he wasn’t facing an invasion that required action and his numbers were more than likely skewed by a media that pushed a false Russia collusion hoax for years.

Perhaps more importantly, polls now indicate that Americans believe Putin never would have taken action in the first place if Trump were in the White House.

A majority (62%) say that Putin would not have invaded Ukraine had Trump still been serving as President.

For his part, Trump agrees, insisting the Russian invasion of Ukraine would not have happened if he were President.

“This should have never happened. This would not have happened during my administration,” he said. “It’s a sad thing for the world and the country and a lot of people that will be needlessly killed.”

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