Obama's unpopular Iraq policy
President Obama receives low marks for his handling of the situation in Iraq: just 37 percent approve, and 52 percent disapprove. While most Democrats approve, nearly a third of them disapproves.His overall disapproval rating is even higher than that for his Iraq policy or lack there of. What should be clear is that his retreat from Iraq has been a strategic blunder that has squandered a victory. Even many Democrats can't hide from that fact no matter how much they would like to blame President Bush.Moreover, more than two-thirds of Americans do not think Mr. Obama has clearly explained what the U.S. goals are in Iraq. Among members of his own party, more say the president hasn't explained U.S. goals than say he has.
Among those who disapprove of Mr. Obama's handling of Iraq, 47 percent think he should be doing more, while 33 percent think he should be doing less.
And the president's overall job approval rating has dropped slightly in the wake of the violence in Iraq and the repatriation of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. Forty percent now approve of the job he is doing as president, down three points from May. Fifty-four percent now disapprove.