Obama’s foreign policy approval rating has plummeted to the lowest level of his presidency as he deals with multiple overseas challenges in countries including Iraq, Ukraine, and Afghanistan, according to a new poll.
The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showed that just 37 percent of Americans approve of Obama’s handling of foreign policy—an all-time low in the survey for the President’s tenure—while 57 percent disapprove.
The Obama administration’s decision to exchange five imprisoned Taliban fighters for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was unpopular, with Americans disagreeing by a 44 percent to 30 percent margin with the swap.
“This is a bad poll for President Obama, and not a good poll for anybody else,” Republican pollster Bill McInturff, who conducted the survey with Democrats Peter Hart and Fred Yang, told NBC.
Obama’s overall approval rating is tied for an all-time low at 41 percent, down three points from April.
The poll was conducted among 1,000 adults between June 11-15, before the recent collapse of cities in northern Iraq to extremist Sunni militants, so it does not reflect public opinion of that unfolding event. Its overall margin of error is +/- 3.1 percentage points.