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Obama foreign policy supported by only 37% of Americans: Wall St.-NBC poll

President Barack Obama on the White House South Lawn on June 17, 2014.
President Barack Obama on the White House South Lawn on June 17, 2014.
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A new Wall Street Journal-NBC poll revealed on Wednesday that President Barack Obama’s support for his foreign policy has fallen to a new all-time low. The poll by the Wall Street Journal and NBC News shows that only 37 percent of persons who responded to the poll approve of the president’s handling of foreign policy issues. According to Yahoo! News which reported on the poll’s results on Wednesday, the 37 percent of support is an all-time low for Obama.

Equally, the 57 percent of respondents who say they disapprove of the president’s handling of foreign policy issues is an all-time high for poll results for this president. Additionally, the report notes that the foreign policy approval rating of 37 percent for the president may be artificially elevated. The reason for the assumption that the negative rating may be elevated is that the poll was conducted prior to the Iraq crisis. Regarding the Iraq crisis, Obama has been received much negativity from the citizenry.

President Obama has received extreme criticism in the recent past. The international events that have caused dissent for Obama include the crisis in Ukraine. A larger concern for the American people has been Obama’s execution of a swap of U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan for five Taliban-related prisoners from Guantanamo Bay’s facility in recent weeks.

Regarding the Bergdahl-terrorist swap, only 30 percent support the Obama action while 44 of the respondents say that the swap should not have been made. Other aspects of Obama’s presidency and his performance as president were polled as well. The results of the other areas were also quite negative.

The poll results also reveal that Obama’s overall approval rating remains at just 41 percent. For a Wall Street Journal-NBC poll, 41 percent ties the president’s all-time low. Additionally, the president’s approval rating on handling the economy fell 1 percentage point to 41 percent, as compared to the last results released in March. The favorability rating of Obama is still turned upside down as 41 percent view him positively and 45 percent view him negatively.

Additionally, persons were asked their predictions regarding the remainder of Obama’s presidency. Fifty-four percent said they believe he cannot lead and get the job done while just 42 percent believe he can lead and get the job of the president done. Forty-one percent say their views of Obama have gotten worse in the past year while a very small percentage – 15 percent – say their views of Obama have gotten better over the past year.

Such polls are being watched as this is a mid-term election year in the United States. And regarding those impending elections, more people said they are voting this November to send a signal of opposition to Obama. This is asserted by a 10-point margin by the respondents.

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