Obama’s foreign policy rating suffers over Libyan attacks
Washington, DC, United States (4E) – As criticism increase over the administration’s handling of the situation in Libya heightens, President Barack Obama has lost his advantage in the polls against Republican challenger Mitt Romney over foreign policy and international issues.
One month after the Benghazi, Libya attack that killed four U.S. diplomats, 46 per cent of voters say they do not approve of the president’s handling of Libya, according to a new Fox News poll released on Wednesday.
About two-thirds of voters polled are seriously concerned by the administration’s inconsistent explanation on the attack. Authorities initially said that the violence flared resulting from a spontaneous protest over an anti-Muslim video, which now the State Department says is untrue.
In an interview with ABC on Wednesday, the president defended the changing narrative saying that details of the events have been well-documented and recorded, and officials only disclose information to the public as it came in.
For most part of the campaign, Obama has firm lead on the polls over foreign policy and security issues, which has surprised Republicans considering they traditionally have the edge on those issues during George W. Bush administration.
Just a month ago, President Obama held a 10-point margin over Romney on which candidate can better protect America from a terrorist attack. That lead, however, has now dwindled to just four points.
The survey was taken on October 7-9 with the participation of 1,009 likely voters, and has a margin of error of +/- 3 per cent.
Romney has recently increased his criticism of the president’s foreign policy, delivering a major speech on earlier in the week at the Virginia Military Institute that painted Obama’s leadership as weak and dangerous for the American people.