WaPo/ABC poll: 53% disapprove of Obama handling of Syria

posted at 9:21 am on September 17, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Did Barack Obama make his case a week ago on military intervention in Syria? A new Washington Post/ABC poll answers that question with an adamant no. More than six out of ten oppose military intervention in Syria, and respondents disapprove of Obama’s handling of the crisis by a wide 39/53 split:

Americans overwhelmingly support the diplomatic agreement between the United States and Russia to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons, despite having deep doubts about the Syrian regime’s compliance and giving low marks overall for how President Obama is handling the situation, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

The president faced strong public opposition when he initially argued for military strikes against the Syrian regime in retaliation for its alleged use of chemical weapons. That opposition is largely unchanged in the new survey, with 61 percent saying that they are against such strikes. …

Still, just 36 percent say they approve of his handling of the Syria situation, while 53 percent disapprove. Sixty percent of Democrats rate the president positively, while 79 percent of Republicans and 59 percent of independents rate him negatively.

Not all of the news is bad for Obama, at least not on the surface of this poll.  His approval rating is 47/47, but it’s only 42/54 among independents.  The trend lines have gone straight downward since April among all three partisan demographics.  He has a narrow 3-point lead on his leadership of international affairs (47/44), and does better on “strong leader” (54/44).  However, that too has dropped since the beginning of the year, when he got a 61% and foreign policy was his strong suit.  On “shares your values,” Obama finds himself under water at 47/49, a significant change from earlier in his presidency; only 40% of independents now agree.

On the policy itself with Syria, plenty of people are happy with the result.  The Russian plan garners a 79/16 approval rating, which again raises the question of why Obama didn’t come up with this plan first before demanding authorization for deeply unpopular American military intervention.  In fact, Democrats support that idea more than the other partisan demos (86%, with 71% among the GOP and 82% among independents).  Still, only 29% have confidence in Syrian compliance with such a plan, while 68% have little confidence on that as a solution.  Even if they don’t, a plurality (48%) still oppose Congressional authorization for strikes (44% support it), even though by a 47/40 split respondents thought Obama was “persuasive” on military strikes.

Finally, the poll asked whether Obama strengthened or weakened US leadership in the world in his handling of the Syria crisis.  Only 17% believe that American global leadership has been strengthened, while almost double that figure (32%) believe it to be weaker as a result of the last three weeks.  Those numbers aren’t a vote of confidence for the Commander in Chief.


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39% approve of the clowns how we just witnessed? Jesus this country is screwed.

ramesees on September 17, 2013 at 9:25 AM

“At this point, what difference does it make?”

kingsjester on September 17, 2013 at 9:25 AM

*clownshow

ramesees on September 17, 2013 at 9:25 AM

WaPo/ABC poll: 53% disapprove of Obama handling of Syria

And the other 47% are too distraught right now over Miley
Cyrus breaking off her engagement with her boyfriend…

ToddPA on September 17, 2013 at 9:26 AM

Obama is finished politically… He can only be viable again if the democrats take over the House and keep the Senate in 2014… Let us make sure that this must not happen…

mnjg on September 17, 2013 at 9:28 AM

He’s even lost Ruth Marcus of the WaPo…

Who’s Afraid of Barack Obama? No One.

Resist We Much on September 17, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Obama is finished politically… He can only be viable again if the democrats take over the House and keep the Senate in 2014… Let us make sure that this must not happen…

mnjg on September 17, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Imagine how much weaker he’d be if we had an actual opposition party.

Doughboy on September 17, 2013 at 9:30 AM

39% approve of the clowns how we just witnessed? Jesus this country is screwed.

ramesees on September 17, 2013 at 9:25 AM

What percentage of that 39% even know where Syria is?

CurtZHP on September 17, 2013 at 9:32 AM

I think more accurately a cynical press.

Zomcon JEM on September 17, 2013 at 9:32 AM

And the other 47% are too distraught right now over Miley
Cyrus breaking off her engagement with her boyfriend…

ToddPA on September 17, 2013 at 9:26 AM

It was my understanding that he dumped her. Smart move on his part.

CurtZHP on September 17, 2013 at 9:33 AM

and, yawn, the poll makeup is ridicutardedly skewed dummycrat-

34 Duh, 23 R, 34 I.

Get those numbers closer to reality- that is cut the Duhs by 2 or 3 and push the R number up about 8, and you’re talking about Odimbulb having closer to 60% disapprove and 30% clueless dummies that still like this ambulatory punchline.

As ever, the kneepad media lies for the anointed imbecile.

GrassMudHorsey on September 17, 2013 at 9:33 AM

What percentage of that 39% even know where Syria is?

CurtZHP on September 17, 2013 at 9:32 AM

I’d be willing to bet that a sizable portion of them couldn’t identify the United States on a map of North America or point to the state in which they reside.

Resist We Much on September 17, 2013 at 9:34 AM

This is coming up in a new Ras poll later today…

Which would you rather have?

Avoid a government shutdown by authorizing spending for the health care law at existing levels 40%

Have a partial government shutdown until Democrats and GOP can agree on what to cut 51%

Certain to stir the hornet’s nest.

dforston on September 17, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Ed-you are correct about this but-

STOP PICKING PITTSBURGH! YOUR JINXING THEM~

gerrym51 on September 17, 2013 at 9:36 AM

Obama Waives Ban On Arming Terrorists

Here’s the treasonous thing:

If these terrorists were fighting in Afghanistan, they would be our enemies. All terrorists have to do is go to Syria and – Voila! – they can get American weapons c/o the POTUS.

Resist We Much on September 17, 2013 at 9:40 AM

…and now Carney(ville) says Obama is going to “handle” the gun incident at the Navy yard with executive orders. The federal government treats the perp for mental illness, he has had at least 2 previous gun arrests or incidents, traveled to Thailand, has a documented history of anger problems, we have a so-called multi-billion dollar cabinet called “Homeland Security” to put all these pieces of the puzzle together, is vetted for a security clearance and Obama and Feinstein are going to come after our guns? How about a poll for who is the real problem here?

wepeople on September 17, 2013 at 9:43 AM

and does better on “strong leader” (54/44). However, that too has dropped since the beginning of the year, when he got a 61% and foreign policy was his strong suit.

? How could anybody see this rodeo clown of a president as a strong leader?

TarheelBen on September 17, 2013 at 9:43 AM

*NYET*!

ted c on September 17, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Just 53%?

Look, some people are going to love Obama the matter what. It is the residual effect of years of Obama worship in the media.

bluegill on September 17, 2013 at 9:45 AM

Imagine how much weaker he’d be if we had an actual opposition party.

Doughboy on September 17, 2013 at 9:30 AM

Or an impartial and free press

txmomof6 on September 17, 2013 at 9:46 AM

He’s even lost Ruth Marcus of the WaPo…

Who’s Afraid of Barack Obama? No One.

Resist We Much on September 17, 2013 at 9:28 AM

Says the woman who declared any criticism of the newly elected Massachusetts Senator was “misogynist and racist” (because she’s a Native American).

Ruth Marcus, here’s a shock for you: our enemies aren’t ever going to be afraid of any woman, either.

Marcus on September 17, 2013 at 9:46 AM

This is coming up in a new Ras poll later today…

Which would you rather have?

Avoid a government shutdown by authorizing spending for the health care law at existing levels 40%

Have a partial government shutdown until Democrats and GOP can agree on what to cut 51%

Certain to stir the hornet’s nest.

dforston on September 17, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Notice how the 51% question is worded. Nothing in it about repealing Marxist Care because the establishment rulers of all of us do not want it repealed. Lets just have an agreement between the two parties, ie status quo and nothing changes because the establishment has their polls showing that’s what the people want.

bgibbs1000 on September 17, 2013 at 9:47 AM

fiasco – a complete and ignominious failure…Thy name is Obama

workingclass artist on September 17, 2013 at 9:50 AM

Polls mean less then nothing now that big media is rigging elections.

Until the MSM is brought down it will be more of the same. Onward comrades !

DeweyWins on September 17, 2013 at 9:55 AM

Obama is finished politically… He can only be viable again if the democrats take over the House and keep the Senate in 2014… Let us make sure that this must not happen…

mnjg on September 17, 2013 at 9:28 AM

The problem is the low info voters really don’t care one way or another — they voted to re-elect Obama more to make themselves feel good about their own racial tolerance than anything else, and are perfectly fine with him just standing up and waving at the crowds for the next 3 1/2 years as if he’s the new Miss America.

They’re not on board for taking to the streets to protest for any of Obama’s big liberal programs, but they also don’t care if he takes the nation into the dumpster as long as their own personal situations aren’t affected, and they can keep watching “Big Brother” and reading about what that wacky Miley is doing now. As a result, they’re perfectly open to the next big political marketing pitch that comes along, which for 2016 will be electing Hillary as some sort of show of gender tolerance and empowerment of women.

jon1979 on September 17, 2013 at 9:56 AM

As a result, they’re perfectly open to the next big political marketing pitch that comes along, which for 2016 will be electing Hillary as some sort of show of gender tolerance and empowerment of women.

jon1979 on September 17, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Identity Politics…It’s what’s for Breakfast

workingclass artist on September 17, 2013 at 9:59 AM

53% oppose….and 47% don’t….there is that 47% again that Romney was talking about…

albill on September 17, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Says the woman who declared any criticism of the newly elected Massachusetts Senator was “misogynist and racist” (because she’s a Native American).

Ruth Marcus, here’s a shock for you: our enemies aren’t ever going to be afraid of any woman, either.

Marcus on September 17, 2013 at 9:46 AM

The Daily Kooks once went after me claiming that I was a racist because I criticised lily-white Fauxcahontas for taking the seat of a real Native American in a post on my blog.

You can only imagine my surprise when this happened:

100 Year-Old Time Capsule Opened In Oklahoma City…With A Shocking Surprise!

lolz

PS: If there is one Democrat that even approaches the mania of Obama for the far left, it is Elizabeth Warren.

Resist We Much on September 17, 2013 at 10:02 AM

OT…It seems conservatism is wafting through Europe…

“King Willem-Alexander delivered a message to the Dutch people from the government Tuesday in a nationally televised address: the welfare state of the 20th century is gone.

In its place will be a “participation society” in which people must save and invest to create their own social safety net with less help from the national government.

The king traveled past waving fans in an ornate horse-drawn carriage to the 13th-century Hall of Knights in The Hague for the monarch’s traditional annual address on the day the government presents its budget for the coming year. It was Willem-Alexander’s first appearance on the national stage since former Queen Beatrix abdicated in April and he ascended to the throne.

“The shift to a ‘participation society’ is especially visible in social security and long-term care,” the king said, reading out to lawmakers a speech written for him by Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s government.

“The classic welfare state of the second half of the 20th century in these areas in particular brought forth arrangements that are unsustainable in their current form.”

He said that nowadays, people expect and “want to make their own choices, to arrange their own lives, and take care of each other.”

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/new-dutch-king-deliver-cabinets-gloomy-message

workingclass artist on September 17, 2013 at 10:09 AM

The Russian Plan as stated in the question, is not really the Russian Plan as agreed to by Assad. They changed it from turning over the stockpiles to the UN to taking care of business themselves. This would also change the premise of the next question of how confident are you this would happen. BTW, Hopey’s statement about the Navy yard shooting that this was a cowardly act is also incorrect. It was the act of a mentally disturbed person who was let off the hook by the Navy, and the DAs in Seattle and Ft. Worth.

Kissmygrits on September 17, 2013 at 10:10 AM

As a result, they’re perfectly open to the next big political marketing pitch that comes along, which for 2016 will be electing Hillary as some sort of show of gender tolerance and empowerment of women.

All it would take is one or two more major media outlets (beside Fox) saying how the Democrats will use Hillary’s gender to deflect Democrat Party power grabs in the same way they called everyone racist for Obama’s power grabs.

Democrats want you to vote Hillary because she is a woman and want you to ignore her blinding incompetence in Benghazi and here tyrannical cover-up. It would be sexist to vote that way.

The media is the enemy. Boycott, take-over, replace the media.

GardenGnome on September 17, 2013 at 10:20 AM

30 something percent? Evidently the worshiping Obamabots are alive and well. The Obamassiah makes no mistakes. The Obamassiah commits no errors.

GarandFan on September 17, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Some of that approval has to be just the fact that we aren’t firing missiles or putting in troops. People listen just long enough to know that there is no physical danger today. They don’t analyze the long term threat.

petunia on September 17, 2013 at 11:03 AM

obama supports his terrorist bros, with your taxes.

Schadenfreude on September 17, 2013 at 1:36 PM