Obama's foreign affairs rating takes hit in second term

Approval for President Obama's handing of foreign affairs has dropped more between his first and second term than his overall job performance and economic approval ratings, according to a new Gallup poll.

Approval of the president's foreign affairs decisions has fallen 14 percentage points from his first term, while ratings on his job performance and handling of the economy have each fallen 6 points, according to the poll, which was released Thursday.

Obama's overall job approval in his second term is the lowest of the past nine presidential terms, except for President George W. Bush's in his second term.

While relatively low, Obama’s job approval remains higher, at 44 percent, than his foreign affairs and economic approval ratings – 36 percent and 35 percent, respectively.

Overall approval of Obama's handling of the economy in his second term, 38 percent, is the lowest of all presidential terms since 1981, except for George H.W. Bush's 35 percent.

The poll was conducted from Aug. 7-10, as the president authorized U.S. airstrikes in Iraq to combat Islamic militants.

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