By Gary Langer
Barack Obama’s approval rating on handling international affairs has dropped under water for the first time in his presidency in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, a further challenge as he seeks to regain his footing in his second term.
The shift is a blow particularly since it directly follows an attempt by Obama to redefine his foreign policy, including a major address at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point last week. He’s faced criticism on fronts ranging from Russia’s annexation of Crimea to newfound assertiveness by China, continued civil war in Syria and the challenges of Afghanistan’s future.
The reset effort looks unsuccessful so far: At 41 percent, Obama’s approval rating for handling international affairs is down slightly, by 6 points, from early March, and down further, by 13 points, since his re-election, to a career low. Fifty percent disapprove, a new high, with those who strongly disapprove outnumbering strong approvers by 2-1.