Fewer Americans think the United States presents a strong image on the world stage or that President Barack Obama is a "strong and decisive leader," according to a Fox News
opinion survey made public Wednesday.
Dissatisfaction with the president's leadership straddles across a variety of issues but generally breaks down along partisan lines.
Some 59 percent say the U.S. is the world's "most dominant power" in contrast to 85 percent who held that position in 2002. About 52 percent think the U.S. is less powerful than when Obama came into office, with 22 percent of Democrats agreeing and 78 percent of Republicans.
The number of Americans who say the U.S. is safer than before the 9/11 terrorist attacks has again dropped to 49 percent. But most people feel air travel remains safer, at 59 percent.
Thirty-four percent see China or, to a lesser extent, Russia as ascendant over the United States.
On Ukraine, 53 percent say Washington should not be more involved, yet more (46 percent) disapprove of Obama's handling of the crisis than approve (38 percent). Sixty-six percent say the president's approach is insufficiently robust. A majority of those polled say they are following the news about Ukraine.
Some 43 percent think Obama is a "strong and decisive leader." While 53 percent disapprove of the way the president handles his job, compared to 54 percent earlier in the month.
About 37 percent approve of his approach to foreign policy, better than the 33 percent earlier in March – yet 53 percent presently disapprove.
In a theoretical chess match between Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama, 49 percent think Putin would win, compared to 31 percent for Obama.
On other issues, 66 percent of Americans disagree with the administration's plans to follow through on its commitment to turn over Internet oversight to an international monitoring group; and 63 percent disapprove ending the manned space shuttle program.
The poll was based on telephone interviews of 1,015 registered voters and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points.
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