NYT/CBS Poll: 58 Percent Disapprove of Obama's Foreign Policy

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Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 07:34 AM

By Cathy Burke

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A majority of Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama's handling of the widening crisis in Iraq – and overall dissatisfaction with his foreign policy agenda has shot up among both Republicans and Democrats, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

Fifty-two percent of Americans say they don't like how Obama is dealing with the violence in Iraq; just 37 percent approve, the poll showed.

"I voted for him because he said, 'Give me four more years and I will fix everything,' but nothing is being fixed," Michelle Roberts, 34, a Democrat from Salem, Mass., told The New York Times.

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"I understand he wants to fight terrorism, but send in robots, drones. Don’t send in our troops. Our men and women are dying for what?"

The poll also found 58 percent of Americans disapprove of Obama's foreign policy strategies – a jump of 10 points in the last month to its highest level side he took office in 2009. Nearly of a third of his own party don't approve of his handling of foreign policy, the survey showed.

The Times pointed out the lack of support across the political spectrum has helped fuel a plunge in the president's approval rating – now at a dismal 40 percent – with 54 percent unhappy with his job performance, up 6 points since last month, the survey found.

Despite voters' poor opinion of Obama's Iraq strategy, 51 percent of voters support his decision to send 300 military advisers to Iraq. Fifty-six percent said they would support the use of drones in Iraq to deal as militants known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, which is gaining ground in the northern parts of Iraq.

A little over half of Americans also favor the idea of working with Iran in a limited capacity to try to resolve the situation in Iraq, the survey found.

The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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