Poll: Obama gets low marks for handling of Iraq crisis


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Most Americans say they disapprove of the way President Obama is handling the current crisis in Iraq, according to a new CBS News/New York Times poll.

Just 37 percent say they approve of the way Obama is handling the situation in Iraq, where a sectarian military conflict has erupted. Fifty-two percent say they disapprove. Ten percent didn't offer an opinion.

In the new Washington Post-ABC News poll, Obama receives his worst marks yet for handling the situation in Iraq, with 52 percent disapproving.

Obama's approval rating on Iraq is lower than his overall approval rating in the CBS/NYT survey, 40 percent.

A record low percentage of Americans (18 percent) now say the Iraq war was worth the costs. Three out of four Americans say the war, which was started during the presidency of George W. Bush, was not worth it.

Even as some hawkish Republicans have criticized Obama's decision to remove troops from Iraq in 2011, more Americans (50 percent) agree with the move than disagree (42 percent) with it.

Half the public says the United States does not have a responsibility to do something to curb the violence in Iraq right now. Forty-two percent say the United States does have the responsibility to act.

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

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