Majority Americans believe Obama’s foreign policies are good

April 25th, 2009 - 5:06 pm ICT by ANI  

Barack Obama Washington, Apr 25 (ANI): Few Americans are actually at odds with many of President Barack Obama’s specific positions, despite majority of them believing that the Obama Administration has performed its best in foreign policy in its first 100 days.

The latest FOX News poll finds a majority of Americans (55 percent) think Barack Obama has done the right thing in his diplomatic dealings with unfriendly dictators like Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro.

About one third (34 percent) take the opposing view that Obama’s behavior was too “chummy” and therefore signalled US weakness. Almost seven in ten Republicans (69 percent) however, believe his behaviour toward these leaders has been too friendly.

Half of Americans (50 percent) think the president himself believes the US is engaged in a global war or terrorism, although just under four in ten Americans think he does not see such a conflict (37 percent) and another 13 percent remain unsure.

Again, there is partisan division on this issue, as a 52 percent majority of Republicans thinks Obama does not believe in a global war on terrorism.

Opinion Dynamics Corp. conducted the national telephone poll for FOX News among 900 registered voters from April 22 to April 23, 2009. The poll has a 3-point error margin.

There is also slim majority disapproval (52 percent) of the Obama Administration’s action to release White House memos detailing how the CIA interrogated top Al Qaeda members. Based on that release, slightly more Americans feel less safe (39 percent) than safer (34 percent).

With regard to the status of the Guantanamo Bay military prison (where allegations about harsher techniques are centered), a 53 percent majority opposes closing its doors, with one-third (33 percent) supporting a shutdown. (ANI)

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