Poll: Romney’s embassy comments get low marks

A new Pew Research Center poll offers more evidence that President Obama has the upper hand when it comes to foreign policy -- although continuing turmoil in the Muslim world could change that dynamic. 

Only 26 percent of people who are following news on the unrest in the Middle East approve of Mitt Romney’s comments on the attacks last week, according to Pew, while 48 percent disapprove. Only 58 percent of Republicans approved of Romney's remarks, in which he criticized the Obama administration's response as sympathetic to the attackers.

More voters approved of Obama's handling of the attacks than disapproved, at 45 to 36 percent. 

Forty-three percent of Americans followed the news about the embassy attacks closely, making it the most-watched foreign policy story of the year.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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