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Obama's approval rating drops while Putin's is on the rise



by Joseph Earnest  March 12, 2014


Newscast Media WASHINGTON—As the Republicans have set the stage to sweep the November mid-term elections, and expert predictions point to reclaiming the White House in the 2016 presidential election, Barack Obama's popularity and approval ratings continue to drop nationwide.


According to the most recent Wall Street Journal/NBC poll, Americans surveyed said they were less inclined to support a candidate if the person had been endorsed by Mr. Obama or was a "solid supporter" of his administration. Approval of Mr. Obama is particularly weak in the South and Midwest, regions where Democrats could have a tough time defending Senate seats.

Obama's job approval dropped from 43 pecent in January to 41 percent in March, marking a new low. Some 54 percent of Americans disapproved of the job he is doing, matching a previous high from December, when the botched rollout of his signature health law played prominently in the news.

The latest survey also showed the lowest-ever approval in Journal/NBC polling for Mr. Obama's handling of foreign policy.

Meanwhile, Obama's counterpart in Russia, Vladmir Putin has seen his approval rating rise by the way he is handling the Ukraine crisis, from 48 percent last week, to 53 percent this week according to Russia's Ria Novosti. (pop-up).

Republicans and Democrats also tended to agree that the U.S. should only involve itself in the brewing conflict between Russia and Ukraine if other nations take part, or that it should let Europeans handle the matter on their own. A mere 5 percent said the U.S. should take action by itself.

"The time and the place for the United States to become the world's policeman has come and gone," said poll respondent David Anderson, a 74-year-old independent from Monroe, Wash. "Let the world fight amongst themselves." Add Comments>>












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