Poll: Foreign policy no longer Obama strong point

CONNIE CASS JENNIFER AGIESTA Associated Press Published:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Foreign policy used to be a bright spot in Americans' opinion of President Barack Obama. Not anymore.

An Associated Press-GfK poll finds that dissatisfaction with Obama's handling of events in Ukraine, Gaza and elsewhere now matches his low overall approval rating.

Forty-three percent of those polled approve of Obama's handling of relationships with foreign countries, while 40 percent approve of the job he's doing overall. The low marks are consistent with his handling of events in Gaza, Afghanistan, Iraq and Ukraine.

That may benefit Republicans aiming to win control of Congress in November.

But the global problems that have consumed much of Washington's attention aren't rated as especially pressing by most Americans. Only about 4 in 10 consider the conflicts in each of those four places highly important to them.

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