Published October 31, 2012
As President Barack Obama makes his closing arguments before the election, less than half of likely voters approve of the job he’s doing on the top issues facing the country. In addition, more voters than not think the administration’s policies toward Egypt and Libya have failed.
Forty-five percent of voters say the Obama administration’s policies toward Egypt and Libya have “mostly failed,” while 39 percent say they have “mostly succeeded.”
Likewise, 39 percent approve of the job Obama is doing on Libya. Forty-seven percent of voters disapprove.
That’s according to a Fox News poll of likely voters released Wednesday.
Voters are divided over how the Obama administration handled the September 11, 2012 attack on diplomatic facilities in Libya that killed a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans: 44 percent of voters think the administration tried to mislead Americans about what happened there, while 47 percent disagree.
Eight in 10 Republicans think the White House tried to mislead the public. That’s more than seven times as many as the 11 percent of Democrats who feel that way.
By a 49-42 percent margin independents say the administration tried to mislead Americans.
A 55-percent majority of voters thinks the Obama administration has been “too soft” on radical Muslim terrorists. That’s more than twice as many as say “about right” (26 percent). Few -- 4 percent -- say the administration has been “too tough.”
The president receives his best (and only positive) rating for his handling of foreign policy: 49 percent of voters approve and 44 percent disapprove.
By a 52-45 percent margin, voters disapprove of how the president’s dealing with the economy. That’s Obama’s highest disapproval rating for any issue in the poll. Even so, that’s an improvement from a high of 61 percent disapproval among likely voters before the 2010 midterm election (October 2010).
On health care, 47 percent of voters approve and 50 percent disapprove. For immigration, it’s 44 percent approve and 46 percent disapprove.
Overall, Obama continues to receive mixed reviews for his job performance: 50 percent of likely voters approve and 47 percent disapprove. He’s received 49 to 50 percent approval among likely voters since early September.
Approval of Obama among Democrats (91 percent) is matched by disapproval among Republicans (92 percent). Among independents, 42 percent approve and 53 percent disapprove.
The Fox News poll is based on live telephone interviews on landlines and cell phones from October 28 to October 30 among 1,128 randomly-chosen likely voters nationwide. Likely voters are registered voters who are considered most likely to vote in the November presidential election. Interviews in areas affected by Hurricane Sandy were completed before Monday evening, when the hurricane made landfall. The poll is conducted under the joint direction of Anderson Robbins Research (D) and Shaw & Company Research (R). For the total sample, it has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus three percentage points.