Poll: Obama gets low marks on handling of Israel-Hamas conflict

A majority disapprove of President Obama’s handling of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, according to a new poll.

A Washington Post-ABC News released Wednesday finds 39 percent approve of his handling of the issue, with 52 percent disapproving.

The president is also underwater overall on international affairs, with 46 percent approval and 50 percent disapproval.

The poll attributed the comparatively lower marks on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to Democrats and younger people aged 18-39.

Seventy-seven percent of Democrats approve of Obama's overall handling of foreign affairs, however, 65 percent of Democrats approve of his handling of the situation with Israel. 

Likewise, 47 percent of young people approve of his overall handling of foreign affairs, but that number drops to 33 percent when asked about his handling of the Middle East fight. 

The three-week conflict between the two sides has killed more than 1,300 Palestinians and more than 50 Israeli soldiers, according to Agence France-Presse. 

Secretary of State John Kerry has attempted to broker a cease-fire between the two sides but has received strong criticism. Israeli media reports earlier this week quoted anonymous officials who accused Kerry of favoring Hamas in negotiations.

Israeli officials have said that criticism is not coming from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, seeking to downplay any rift with the Obama administration.

Obama’s overall approval rating on foreign affairs though has rebounded 5 points since last month and mirrors his ratings earlier in the year. 

Forty-six percent approve of Obama's handling of the downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane earlier this month, while 43 percent disapprove.

The poll surveyed 1,026 people from July 23-27 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent.

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