A majority of Americans disapprove of the way President Barack Obama is handling the crisis in Iraq, a new poll reveals.
The Quinnipiac University survey found that 55 percent of American voters are disappointed with the president’s actions in Iraq, while 37 percent approve of his decisions for the war-torn country, which is under siege from militant fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
The United States also gave Obama the thumbs down, by 52 percent to 42 percent, when it comes to his handling of the situation in Afghanistan, where the Taliban is slowly regaining ground.
But 46 percent of Americans say that the pace of U.S. troop withdrawal in Afghanistan is “about right” while 26 percent believe that Obama is moving “too quickly” and 20 percent say that the pullout is not going “quickly enough.”
In military households, 32 percent of voters say the Afghan withdrawal is going “too quickly” while 19 percent say “not quick enough” and 41 percent say “about right.”
The poll also showed by a margin of almost 2 to 1, 61 percent to 32 percent, that Americans believe that invading Iraq in 2003 to oust leader Saddam Hussein was the wrong thing to do.