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Pew: Obama Loses 11 Points In Foreign Policy

From the Pew Research Center:

On Eve of Foreign Debate, Growing Pessimism about Arab Spring Aftermath

October 18, 2012

As next week’s third and final presidential debate on foreign policy approaches, a national survey by the Pew Research Center finds increasing public pessimism about developments in the Middle East and more support for tough policies to deal with Iran’s nuclear program and economic issues with China.

All of which is bad news for Mr. Obama. And a dramatic reversal from Pew’s previous findings.

However, there is no change in the consensus in support for ending U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan.

And never mind that Mr. Obama is currently negotiating to extend our military presence in Afghanistan.

Doubts have spread about the political direction of countries swept up in the Arab Spring protests that began almost two years ago. Nearly six-in-ten Americans (57%) do not believe the changes in the Middle East will lead to lasting improvements for people living in the affected countries, up sharply from 43% in April 2011

Gee, what was the first tip off? And, lest we forget, Mr. Obama tried to take credit for the Arab Spring. Even going so far as to say it was inspired by his campaign in 2008.

56% now say it is more important to take a firm stand against Iran’s nuclear program, while 35% say it is more important to avoid a military conflict. In January, 50% favored taking a firm stand against Iran and 41% said it was more important to avoid a confrontation.

Again, this clearly favors Mr. Romney.

When it comes to China, 49% of Americans want the U.S. to get tougher with China on economic issues, compared with 42% who say it is more important to build a stronger relationship. In March 2011, the balance of opinion was the reverse: 53% said building a stronger relationship was more important while 40% advocated tougher policies…

Again, this favors Romney.

On the question of who can do a better job making wise decisions about foreign policy, 47% of voters favor Obama and 43% Romney. This represents a substantial gain for Romney, who trailed Obama by 15 points on foreign policy issues in September…

In other words, even though Obama still holds a slim 4% lead, it is down 11% from his advantage in September.

Coincidentally, Pew oversampled Democrats by 4%. (Dem/Rep/Ind = 33/29/33%.)

Romney holds a nine-point lead over Obama on dealing with China’s trade policies (49% to 40%). Among independent voters, Romney holds a 16-point advantage (50% to 34%)…

So all those articles about Bain’s holdings in China are not working.

This Pew poll was conducted Oct. 4-7, 2012. Before the second Presidential debate and before the more recent revelations about Benghazi. But a more recent poll shows even worse numbers for Obama:

A separate survey, conducted Oct. 12-14 among 1,006 adults, finds that 38% disapprove of the Obama administration’s handling of the terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, while 35% approve. About a quarter (27%) express no opinion.

In fact, this second poll found that Independents disapprove of Obama handling of the situation by a whopping 40% to 28%.

The administration gets lower ratings from those who followed news about investigations into the embassy attack very or fairly closely. Among this group, 36% approve of the administration’s handling of the situation and 52% disapprove.

More Republicans (67%) followed news about the Libya investigations than did Democrats (53%) or independents (55%). However, looking only at independents, those who followed news about the Libya investigations disapprove of the administration’s handling of the situation by two-to-one (59% disapprove vs. 29% approve)…

As in all things, Obama is only supported here by the most uninformed voters.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, October 19th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Pew: Obama Loses 11 Points In Foreign Policy”

  1. GetBackJack

    Must I again repeat my PEW article that all things PEW begin with the moral crime of the century?

  2. Right of the People

    I still say we should let Israel deal with Iran and just be prepared to back them up. Put a carrier task force in the Gulf just in case.




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