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Obama Approval Hits All Time Low Again (Hence Khattala)

From NBC News:

NBC/WSJ Poll: Obama’s Foreign Policy Rating Plummets, Even Without Iraq

By Mark Murray | June 17, 2014

The percentage of Americans approving of President Barack Obama’s handling of foreign policy issues has dropped to the lowest level of his presidency as he faces multiple overseas challenges, including in Iraq, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

The headline should really read: ‘NBC/WSJ Poll: Obama’s Foreign Policy Rating Plummets, Before Khattalah’s Capture.’ Since it is because of polls like these that Obama decided to pull in Mr. Khattala. Even though he had been walking around in the open as large as life for 643 days.

But, thankfully, with his latest ‘gutsy call’ and the unstinting aid of the news media, Obama will be able to turn all of this around.

Additionally, the public is evenly split on whether Obama is a competent manager of the federal bureaucracy. And a majority of respondents – 54 percent – believe the term-limited president is no longer able to lead the country.

Are we really supposed to believe that Obama can lead the county because he is term limited? In reality, his term limit is the only solution. It’s our only hope for better times.

“This is a bad poll for President Obama, and not a good poll for anybody else,” said Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who conducted the survey with Democrats Peter Hart and Fred Yang.

“Whether it’s [Vladimir] Putin, Ukraine, the VA hospitals, Bowe Bergdahl, the events have controlled Obama, rather than Obama having controlled the events,” Hart adds. “He may be winning the issues debate, but he’s losing the political debate, because they don’t see him as a leader.”

What issues debate is Obama winning?

The poll was crafted before the instability in Iraq grabbed headlines, so it doesn’t contain questions on that subject. It also was conducted before the United States arrested a suspect in the 2012 attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya…

Which will turn all of this around for sure. With the media’s help. (Just as it was intended to do.)

But it shows an American public that has grown dissatisfied with President Obama on foreign policy and national security decisions. Just 37 percent approve of his handling of foreign policy, which is an all-time low in the survey, while 57 percent disapprove, an all-time high.

What’s more, by a 44 percent-to-30 percent margin, Americans disagree with the Obama administration’s decision to secure the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five imprisoned Taliban fighters…

President Obama’s overall approval rating in the poll is at 41 percent, down three points from April. That’s tied for his all-time low in the survey. And his favorable-unfavorable rating is upside down (41 percent-45 percent) after being right-side up two months ago (44 percent-41 percent).

Perhaps most troubling for the president, 54 percent think he is unable to lead the country and get the job done, compared with 42 percent who believe he can…

And just 25 percent of Americans believe the country is headed in the right direction.

This is the ninth-straight NBC/WSJ poll over the past year when 30 percent of the nation or less has had a positive attitude about the nation’s direction.

Gee, if only Obama weren’t term limited.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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