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Poll: 65 of Americans Consider Obama a Dove

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By    |   Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 11:23 AM

Almost two-thirds of Americans would characterize President Barack Obama as a dove, while only 29 percent see the Nobel Prize-winning president as a hawk, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll.

The CNN poll, conducted Sept. 25-26, found that 65 percent of Americans would use the term "dove" to describe Obama, while 29 percent thought "hawk" was a better descriptive. Six percent had no opinion.

The percentage of Americans who view Obama as a dove was consistently above the 60 percent level across gender, age, race, and location, according to the survey.

In terms of how they view themselves, half said they too would fall into the "dove" category.

Asked whether they would describe themselves as a hawk — "someone who believes that military force should be used frequently to promote U.S. policy," or as a dove, 45 percent said they consider themselves to be hawks, compared with the 50 percent who said they were "doves."

CNN Polling Director Keating Holland says the results are consistent with previous polls which found that the number of self-described hawks typically ranges between 44 percent and 45 percent.

"Self-described doves are more likely to be women, live in the Northeast and the West, come from urban areas and have at least some college education," he told CNN.com.

On the specific question concerning the role of the nation in world affairs, 58 percent said the United States "should not take the leading role among all other countries in the world in trying to solve international problems." There was a slight difference along gender lines with 62 percent of women saying the U.S. should not act as the global policeman, compared with 54 percent of men who shared that view.

The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International by telephone with 1,010 adult Americans on Sept. 22-25. The overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

An October 2004 poll found 52 percent said the U.S. should take a greater leadership role, which was an increase on the 38 percent who felt that way in a May 1999 CNN/Gallup poll.

While most Americans consider themselves as doves, an August survey conducted by the Pew Research Center and USA Today found 54 percent thought Obama was "not tough enough in his approach on foreign policy, while 36 percent said his approach is about right. Just 3 percent said he was too tough.

On the issue of Obama's approach to taking on radical Islamists, a Pew Research Center survey conducted Sept. 11-14 found the number of Americans who were concerned the U.S. would not go far enough had increased since mid-August.

In the September survey, those who expressed fear the U.S. would become too involved was equal to the 41 percent who feared not going far enough in combating the terrorist group. That is a change from the August poll, in which 51 percent worried about going too far. Those who said their bigger concern was not doing enough to take on the militants was 32 percent.

Overall, 53 percent of respondents approved of President Obama’s Syria plan, while 29 percent disapproved. There were 19 percent who did not offer an opinion.

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Almost two-thirds of Americans would characterize President Barack Obama as a dove, while only 29 percent see the Nobel Prize-winning president as a hawk, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll.
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