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Posted at 11:55 a.m. on July 2, 2014
Updated 2:10 p.m. A new poll found that voters consider President Barack Obama the worst president since World War II — and his handling of foreign policy scored worse than any other issue on which he he was measured.
He also hit lows during his presidency for his handling of foreign policy and terrorism.
Only 37 percent of those surveyed by Quinnipiac University approve of Obama’s handling of foreign policy, a lower figure than his approval rating of his handling of the economy, the environment, health care and terrorism.
That 37 percent approval of Obama on foreign policy is the lowest mark of his tenure, compared to a high mark of 57 percent in April 2009 (when he made some overseas trips and spelled out “the Obama doctrine“). The 44 percent approval of Obama on terrorism is also the lowest of his presidency, down from a high of 67 percent in May of 2011 (days after Osama bin Laden was killed).
It’s been a challenging stretch for Obama on the foreign policy front, with Iraq and Russia standing out as areas where his approach has faced steady and loud criticism.
If there’s any consolation in those figures for the president, very few voters polled consider those issues the most important issues facing the country today: 6 percent picked “foreign policy,” 3 percent picked “war” and another 3 percent picked “terrorism.” The economy and jobs topped the poll by a significant margin.
Update: a note of caution on the methodology of the poll.