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Obama gets low grade in foreign policy: New Quinnipiac Poll

The latest Quinnipiac University National Poll, released on Wednesday, gives President Barack Obama a low grade on handling foreign policy, “one of his lowest foreign policy grades ever, as his overall job approval inches up to a negative 42 – 50 percent,” according to the survey, a two point improvement from January. And the poll found U.S. voters are divided 42 – 42 percent on whether Obama or Russian President Vladimir Putin is a stronger leader.

Some other findings, according to the Quinnipiac release:

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

*Voters give Obama a negative 41 – 47 percent grade for his handling of the Ukraine and Russia situation.

*45 percent say his handling of Ukraine and Russia has been “about right,” while 36 percent say “not tough enough” and 6 percent say “too tough.”

*Voters support 69 – 21 percent economic sanctions against Russia by the U.S. and its European allies.

*54 percent say the U.S. should not get too involved, while 39 percent want the U.S. to take a firm stand.

CONGRESS

*45 – 45 percent split on whether Democrats or Republicans should control the Senate;

*46 percent want Democrats to take over the House, while 45 percent want GOP control.

OBAMACARE

*American voters oppose the Affordable Care Act 55 – 41 percent and 40 percent are less likely to vote for a candidate who supports Obamacare, while 27 percent are more likely and 31 percent say this will not affect their vote.

METHODOLOGY: From March 26 – 31, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,578 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.