Obama's Foreign Policy Approval Plummets, Americans Oppose Unilateral Syria Intervention: Reason-Rupe Poll September 2013

"Only a third of Americans think that President Obama has handled foreign policy better than his predecessor, George W. Bush," says Emily Ekins, Reason Foundation's Director of Polling.

This is but one startling and illuminating finding in the latest Reason-Rupe poll. Ekins sat down with Reason TV's Zach Weissmueller to discuss the polling results she found when surveying respondents about the possibility of U.S. military intervention in Syria.

The Obama administration has faced an uphill battle selling the intervention to the American public, especially in the wake of the British parliament's "no" vote on military action. An overwhelming 74 percent of respondents answered that it would be "unwise" for the U.S. to intervene in Syria without support from Great Britain or the United Nations.

And while pundits and Obama administration officials have tried convincing the public that intervention is necessary for the U.S. to maintain credibility after reports of Assad crossing the chemical weapons "red line," Americans aren't buying that argument either, as 65 percent of poll respondents answered that military intervention was "unnecessary" to protect American credibility and national security.

The only credibility at risk here appears to be that of President Obama, who has enjoyed above-average foreign policy approval ratings until now. The Reason-Rupe poll reveals that 58 percent of respondents disapprove of the president's foreign policy, and only 32 percent of people believe that President Obama has been better at handling foreign policy than former President George W. Bush.

"Syria has hurt people's perception of the President's handling of foreign policy," says Ekins. "Our poll shows that people are disappointed in the President."

For full poll results, check out reason.com/poll.

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Produced by Zach Weissmueller. Camera by Sharif Matar and Tracy Oppenheimer.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Same or worse than Bush. Are there any more stinging words in the English language at this point?

  • canuhuv||

    This is actually the best job Ive had. I work at Home with Google. I've made $64,000 so far this year working online and I'm a full time student. Moreover, My Uncle Carson got a stunning gold Porsche Cayenne Hybrid only from working part time off a pc. Official website www.Pow6.com

  • ||

    Each president lowers the bar that much further. Pretty soon TEAM BLUE will be running the Hamburglar and TEAM RED will run Mayor McCheese. The LP will of course run Grimace. Did you know he's a 9-11 truther? And you know why he's that color? Colloidal silver. Yup.

  • Hugh Akston||

    Nothing can kill the Grimace.

  • ||

    I heard that if you can get him to say his name backwards, it returns him to his alternate dimension where Shamrock shakes are available every day of the year and there is no Grimace, only Uncle O'Grimacey, because Uncle O'Grimacey ate his brother and prevented Grimace from being born.

    But that's just a rumor, I think.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Grimace-Wormtongue.

  • Hugh Akston||

    That's stupid Epi. The reason they only have the McRib for part of the year is because the ribs are actually Grimace's ribs, which are torn from his body by an eagle every day and grow back every night. Ronald McDonald condemned him to eternal suffering for his arrogance in bringing the Shamrock Shake to mankind.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Ribs without bones?

  • SugarFree||

    Grimace is an invertebrate, you ingrate.

  • Pro Libertate||

    An invertebrate. . .with ribs?

  • BakedPenguin||

    "We start with authentic, letter-graded meat, and process the hell out of it."

  • Pro Libertate||

    What kind of meat is McRib supposed to be, anyway? Bet it's beef. Or "beef." Not the infinitely superior pork. Or "pork."

  • BakedPenguin||

    "Think smaller. Think more legs."

  • Pro Libertate||

    Lobster?

  • ||

    Actually, Grimace doesn't have bones. He's supported by a system of fluid-filled bladders.

  • JW||

    McCartilage?

  • Auric Demonocles||

    I find that the McRib tastes the best when Grimace was killed by snu-snu.

  • ||

    Don't be absurd, Hugh. That's as dumb as the myth that the Fry Kids are the mutant offspring of Officer Big Mac and Birdie the Early Bird. They say he raped her repeatedly after a traffic stop, and then beat her until she no longer remembered. I wouldn't put it past him, to be honest.

  • ||

    I am still wondering why Ronald hangs with such lowly crowd.

    When the Fry Guys are your most respectable friends it is time to get new friends.

  • A Secret Band of Robbers||

    I keep meaning to get caught up on Veep, but I don't think I'm missing anything, really. No writers can top the vanity, incompetence, and sleaziness of this administration. The best they can do is pay homage to it.

  • Paul.||

    A day without Emily Ekins...

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