9/22: Voters Divide About Obama’s Handling of the War in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama’s approval rating has hit a new low, and voters remain dissatisfied with his handling of the economy.  And, now, there is also increased dissatisfaction with how the president is handling the war in Afghanistan.

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Click Here for Complete September 22, 2011 USA Marist Poll Release and Tables

According to this Marist Poll, 48% of registered voters nationally disapprove of how the president is dealing with the situation in Afghanistan while 44% approve.  Seven percent are unsure.

When Marist last reported this question in June, a majority of registered voters — 53% — approved of how Mr. Obama was handling the conflict while 39% disapproved.  Eight percent, at the time, were unsure.

The change has occurred among Republican and independent voters.

By party:

  • Nearly two-thirds of Republican voters — 65% — and a majority of independents — 56% — disapprove of the way the president is dealing with the war in Afghanistan.  In June, those proportions were 53%, and 41%, respectively.
  • Among Democratic voters, 67% approve of how the President Obama is handling the situation while a similar proportion — 70% — did so a few months ago.

Voters also divide about how the President is handling the situation in Libya.  42% approve of the way he is dealing with it, and 42% disapprove.  16% are unsure.  In June, 44% applauded the president on the issue while 40% thought his approach was flawed.  16% were unsure.

Table: President Obama Handling the War in Afghanistan

Table: President Obama’s Handling of the Situation in Libya

Marist Poll Methodology