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New poll finds pessimism over Obama handling of ‘Arab Spring’

posted at 12:31 pm on October 22, 2012 by

On the eve of tonight’s presidential debate on foreign policy, Pew Research Center has released a poll showing growing skepticism over President Obama’s Middle East policies and growing support for a tougher approach toward Iran and China.

On specific questions about the Arab Spring, the numbers are uniformly negative compared with those given six months ago. When asked about changes in political leadership in countries such as Libya and Egypt, 25% said they believe these changes will lead to lasting benefits for inhabitants of those places. In April, that answer was given by 42% of those queried. On whether the changes will benefit the U.S, the numbers went from bad (24% in April) to worse (14% in October).

Support for a tougher U.S. position toward bad players in the region—a foreign policy stance advocated by GOP challenger Mitt Romney—the numbers moved in the opposite direction. Whereas 50% of respondents said the U.S. should “take a firm stand” with Iran in April, that viewed was embraced by 56% of those polled more recently. On the question of whether to get tougher on China, the number of affirmative answers rose from 40% in March to 49% in October.

The president is still ahead 47% to 43% on the question of which candidate is more likely to make wise decisions about foreign policy.

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How us he ahead of mitt

Total incompetent administration

cmsinaz on October 22, 2012 at 12:42 PM

How us he ahead of mitt

Total incompetent administration

cmsinaz on October 22, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Obama’s base is the Honey Boo Boo crowd. They have no earthly idea what an Arab Spring is.

Bitter Clinger on October 22, 2012 at 1:09 PM

You’re right

What was i thinking?

cmsinaz on October 22, 2012 at 3:17 PM

How us he ahead of mitt

Total incompetent administration

cmsinaz on October 22, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Obama’s base is the Honey Boo Boo crowd. They have no earthly idea what an Arab Spring is.

Bitter Clinger on October 22, 2012 at 1:09 PM

They probably think it’s a boy band.

squint on October 22, 2012 at 6:29 PM