Obama approval on foreign policy hits record low

June 18, 2014

President Obama speaks during the Democratic National Committee LGBT Gala at Gotham Hall Tuesday in New York. (Mandel Ngan//AFP/Getty Images)

Fewer than four out of 10 Americans approve of President Obama's foreign policy performance in a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, marking a record low for the president in the survey.

Thirty-seven percent say they approve of the job Obama is doing on foreign policy, while 57 percent say they disapprove. Both are records dating back to the early days of Obama's presidency in 2009.

The poll was conducted Wednesday through Sunday. It comes against the backdrop of turmoil in Iraq and a national debate over the trade of five Taliban commanders detained at Guantanamo Bay for a captured American soldier.

Obama's overall approval rating stands at 41 percent in the poll -- tied for his worst showing ever as president. Obama's disapproval rating in the poll is 53 percent.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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