WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is getting low marks for his handling of Russia’s swoop into Ukraine, and more Americans than ever disapprove of the way Obama is doing his job, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.
Until now, foreign policy has not been a drag on Obama’s second term. Although Republicans have long criticized the president as too weak in asserting US power abroad, Americans were about as likely to endorse his actions as to disapprove.
Now Obama has hit a new low on international relations — just 40 percent approval.
Despite the poor performance reviews, Obama’s primary tactic so far — imposing economic sanctions on key Russians — has strong backing.
Close to 9 out of 10 Americans support sanctions as a response to Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, the poll indicates. About half of that group says the US sanctions so far are about right, while the other half wants to see them strengthened, the AP-GfK poll found.
Most Democrats say the sanctions were OK, while a majority of Republicans find them too weak…