Obama's foreign policy rating hits record low

The record-low numbers can be attributed in part to public opposition to Obama's decision to arm the Syrian rebels after the administration concluded last month that Syrian leader Bashar Assad's forces had used chemical weapons. The plan has stalled in Congress amid lawmaker concerns. 


Obama is underwater on Syria policy, with 33 percent approving of his handling of that country's civil war to 48 percent in support.

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The Egyptian military's removal of that country's first freely elected president, Mohamed Morsi, which the administration is avoiding calling a coup, has also shocked American voters. 

So has the administration's failure to get its hands on Snowden, despite public threats against countries that have aided him such as China, Russia and several Latin American nations.

The president, though, scores a positive 52-43 rating on handling terrorism and a 46-45 positive split on Afghanistan.

The administration is preparing to withdraw all combat troops by the end of 2104 and has touted the drawdown as a foreign policy success. 

Overall, Obama’s approval rating is still underwater, as 44 percent of voters approve of his job performance and 48 percent disapprove. The president has been in a slump since May, when a Quinnipiac survey gave him similar ratings: 45 percent approval versus 49 percent disapproval.

The poll of 2,014 registered voters was conducted from June 28 to July 8. It has a margin of error of 2.2 percentage points.

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