According to a new CNN/ORC International survey, a majority of Americans disapprove of Pres. Obama's handling of foreign policy, especially in regards to Syria, CNN reported on Monday.
Fifty-seven percent said they disapprove of Obama's job on foreign policy, while only 40 percent said they approved. When it comes to Syria, only three out of 10 approved of how Obama is handling the issue.
This is the lowest foreign policy approval rating that Obama has had so far based on previous CNN surveys.
Obama's overall approval rating, however, remained steady at 45 percent, the same number from a June poll that CNN conducted. His disapproval rate is 52 percent.
Only 31 percent approve of Obama's actions towards Syria, while 63 percent disapprove. This reflects the attitude of Americans towards U.S. intervention in Syria that's been found by previous polls.
There exists a partisan divide over support for the president's actions towards Syria. Among Democrats, 54 percent approve, while only nine percent of Republicans do. Additionally, only 26 percent of Independents said they support Obama's Syrian policies.
While the issue of a possible military intervention in the Syrian war could be a reason for the low ratings, Obama's approval numbers for foreign policy have been sliding throughout the year, according to Keating Holland, the polling director for CNN.
“President Obama's approval rating on foreign affairs has continued its steady decline - from 54% in January to 49% in April, 44% in June, and just 40% now,” Holland said. “This may be a troubling sign for a president who in past polls had always scored his highest ratings for his handling of foreign affairs.”
Despite widespread opposition throughout the country, the Obama administration continues to pursue intervention in Syria, though Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday that the U.S. government was giving Syrian President Bashar al-Assad a week to hand over all of his chemical weapons.
Speaking in London, Kerry said that Assad “could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week. Turn it over, all of it, without delay and allow a full and total accounting.”
Kerry then said that Assad has no intention of turning over the “weapons he denies using.”
The State Department later said that Kerry's remarks were “rhetorical,” and that a Syrian offer could prevent strikes.
The point of Kerry's comment, according to spokeswoman Jen Psaki, “was that this brutal dictator with a history of playing fast and loose with the facts cannot be trusted to turn over chemical weapons.”