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February 7, 2016

Poll: Obama, Worst President Since World War II, Worst at Foreign Policy

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.

Comments (29)

  1. Kimo

    July 2, 2014
    3:06 p.m.

    A tyrant who must be impeached and removed. Where is Congress????

    • Layla

      July 3, 2014
      2:18 p.m.

      Waiting to be voted out in November, apparently.

    • txlakedude

      July 9, 2014
      11:14 p.m.

      Where is the Congress to prosecute the War Criminals, War Profiteerers, Bush, Cheney, Runstead, Rice, Wolfiwitz?????
      Guess it can still happen, if the middle 50%, get off their butts! and support America! and Vote, yes?

  2. mperloe

    July 2, 2014
    4:34 p.m.

    And, check with the rest of the world. I bet America is recognized as number one for the number of jackasses who participate in polls but lack the knowledge to comprehend the issues at hand.

    • PortageMain

      July 2, 2014
      5:31 p.m.

      Fortunately, the president is elected by Americans, not by people in the rest of the world who don’t necessarily have our best interests at heart.

      • Mark Perloe

        July 2, 2014
        5:40 p.m.

        When you look at our congress I’m not sure that American voters have taken our best interests to heart. How would the presidential election have been different if the rest of the world voted. Are you suggesting that voters are more informed than those participating in the polls? That would be interesting data.

      • PortageMain

        July 2, 2014
        5:52 p.m.

        I’m saying no such thing. What I am saying is that people in other countries say things that are in their own best interest, not ours. Having Obama as president of the United States might suit them just fine if their goal is for U.S. foreign policy to be weak and muddled.

  3. Ralph W. Bastedo

    July 2, 2014
    6:57 p.m.

    The Gallup Poll has a different method and conclusion:

  4. Layla

    July 3, 2014
    2:19 p.m.

    A Republican president with these numbers would have been removed from office by now….but that was when we were still a Republic.

    • Roberto M

      July 3, 2014
      6:35 p.m.

      We did have a Republican president with similar numbers and that’s why we now have Barack Obama!

  5. Emma Tugwell

    July 3, 2014
    2:34 p.m.

    I pay absolutely no attention to polls. Too many variables; percentage of what, question,pollster,…..

  6. Emma Tugwell

    July 3, 2014
    2:37 p.m.

    State something that is true which is the 113th Congress is THE WORST congress in US history.

    • txlakedude

      July 9, 2014
      11:15 p.m.

      And the American voters are the worst voters, in many years, for putting them there, and leaving them in there.


    July 5, 2014
    11:41 p.m.

    THE REPUBLICANS DON’T DESERVE ANY AWARDS LATELY ALSO. Sadly there are still three million unemployed families still without an extension of their benefits since late last December, because of the lack of compassion of the republican senate. While congress quickly approved an aid package for the Ukraine, in the billions of dollars, they decided to leave these unemployed families in financial ruin without help. The republicans have shown a total lack of human compassion, and common decency in the matter. They preferred to fight tooth and nail to pass the Koch brothers oil pipeline bill, than to help unemployed homeless families in need. Over the past six months they have stalled and delayed the vote in order to make it impossible to be passed. Now they have totally disregarded these millions of people, and have just walked away from the issue. Where is their so called “family values” that they’re so proud of??

  8. Bill Adkins

    July 6, 2014
    2:19 p.m.

    the same poll found Obama to be fourth best behind Reagan, Clinton and Kennedy. Tough game with no rules. However, I pay attention and I don’t think I couldn’t see Obama for the real big tree of Worst in History George W.

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