Poll: Majority of voters approve of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq

A clear majority of voters say they approve of the United States' recently launched airstrikes in Iraq, a Fox News poll released Wednesday shows. But the survey shows President Obama gets low marks overall for his handling of Iraq.

Fully 65 percent say they approve of the airstrikes. Just 23 percent disapprove.

The poll of registered voters was conducted from Sunday to Tuesday. U.S. warplanes struck Sunni extremist militants last Friday. Obama said the airstrikes were conducted to "prevent terrorist forces from advancing on the city of Irbil."

Despite support for his decision, the public holds Obama's overall record on Iraq in low regard. Just 37 percent approve, compared to 52 percent who disapprove.

Overall, the president's image continues to struggle. His approval rating is 42 percent in the survey, with 49 percent disapproving.

The poll of 1,001 registered voters carries a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points.

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

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