Poll: 37 percent support Obama foreign policy

 

President Obama's job approval rating has fallen to 41 percent, and approval of his foreign policy is down to an all-time low of 37 percent, according to a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll released Wednesday.

The president's overall approval rating of 41 percent is down three percentage points from April. More than half of those polled disapprove of his foreign policy.

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A majority, 54 percent, said Obama is no longer able to lead the country.

The poor numbers follow a tough few months for Obama's White House.

Russia's annexation of the Ukrainian territory of Crimea led to extensive criticism of Obama, who also came under fire from the right for the release of five prisoners at Guantánamo Bay for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the last American prisoner of war in Afghanistan.

Forty-four percent disagreed with the administration’s decision to swap Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners. Just over a third supported the exchange. 

The public is evenly divided over whether it matters that Bergdahl might have deserted his post before his capture. The poll found 47 percent said the details matter behind his disappearance, but 46 percent said they don’t.

Rising violence in Iraq has presented Obama with another foreign policy crisis. He'll meet with congressional leaders on Wednesday to discuss the issue. 

The administration did have good news to share on Tuesday when it announced a leading suspect in the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi had been captured.

Democrats are worried that Obama's low approval ratings will hurt the party in this year's midterm elections. 

Just over a third of voters said their vote in the midterm elections will signal their opposition to Obama. Less than a quarter said it will signal support, and 41 percent said it will have nothing to do with the president. 

While Obama’s numbers have diminished, the level of support for political parties is worse. Twenty-nine percent approve of the Republican Party, and 38 percent approve of the Democratic Party. Twenty-two percent approve of the Tea Party. 

Forty-five percent said they want Democrats to control Congress, while 43 percent said they want the GOP in the majority. 

Less than a third said their member of Congress deserves to be reelected, and nearly 60 percent said a new person should have a chance.

The poll surveyed 1,000 adults between June 11 and 15 with a 3.1 percentage point margin of error.