Americans: Obama not respected around the world


Americans no longer think President Obama commands respect on the world stage, according to a new poll.

The Gallup poll shows, for the first time, that a majority of Americans (53 percent) don't think the president is respected by other countries. Just 41 percent say the other countries do respect him.

As recently as 2013, 51 percent said Obama commanded the respect of other countries, and that number was as high as 67 percent early in Obama's tenure.

Foreign policy has generally been a strong suit for Obama, as he has wound down unpopular wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and has seen Osama bin Laden killed on his watch.

But over the past year, Obama's decision to seek authorization for the use of force in Syria -- after setting a "red line" that the Syrian government breached by using chemical weapons on its people -- went over poorly, and Congress appeared set to deny Obama his request.

More recently, the Obama Administration warned of "consequences" for the Ukrainian government if it went to far in its own crackdown against anti-government protesters.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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