Disapproval of Obama climbs to new high

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Nearly six in 10 people disapprove of President Obama's job performance in a new poll by The Associated Press, the highest rating recorded by the newswire. 

According to the AP-GFK survey released Wednesday, 59 percent disapprove of Obama's job performance, while 41 percent approve. 

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A similar poll released by the news outlet in January found 45 percent approved of him, while 53 percent disapproved. 

Other recent polling has found Obama's disapproval rating slightly lower, remaining in the low 50s. A CBS News poll Tuesday showed 50 percent disapproval, while Gallup has his disapproval at 52 percent. 

In the AP poll, only 40 percent approve of Obama's handling of international relations, a new low. The newswire notes that Obama's handling of foreign policy is usually neutral.  

Fifty-seven percent dislike his handling of the situation in Ukraine, where the Crimean region of the country voted this month to gain independence and join Russia.

The Obama administration has imposed sanctions on a number of Russian and Ukrainian officials who it found violated the sovereignty of Ukraine. Obama has also signed an executive order authorizing sanctions on some sectors of the Russian economy. 

Fifty-four percent said they dislike Obama's interaction with Russia.

The president is in Europe this week as he makes the case for continued condemnation of Russia's moves, which the United States has described as a violation of international law. 

About nine in 10 survey respondents support sanctions against Russia for its annexation of Crimea. The public is split on whether the sanctions should be strengthened or are about right. 

Most people have no opinion on providing monetary aid to Ukraine. Twenty percent support it, while about 30 percent oppose it. 

The poll surveyed 1,012 people in online interviews. It contains a 3.4-percent margin of error.

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