Wed., 3:22pm: Poll shows Ukraine hurting Obama ratings
WASHINGTON – Foreign policy used to stand out as a not-so-bleak spot in the public’s sagging approval of President Barack Obama. Not anymore.
The president is getting low marks for handling Russia’s incursion into Ukraine. That took a toll on his overall job approval in the new Associated Press-GfK poll released Wednesday.
Fifty-nine percent say they dislike the way Obama’s handling the presidency, his highest disapproval number yet. Only 41 percent approve.
Despite the poor reviews, Obama’s primary tactic in the Ukraine situation so far is popular. Close to 9 out of 10 Americans support imposing sanctions in response to Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula. They are divided over whether the sanctions so far have been about right or too weak.