Commentary Magazine


Obama’s National Security Ratings Fall to New Low

Over the past week, Americans have continued to lose confidence in President Obama’s national security performance. According to the latest Rasmussen poll, 40 percent of likely voters now disapprove of how the president has handled national security, while 37 percent approve. That is a significant dip from last week when 34 percent of voters disapproved, while 43 percent approved.

And Obama’s address on Libya apparently didn’t help matters:

President Obama’s address doesn’t appear to have made voters more confident about his handling of the situation in Libya, nor has it made them feel more strongly that Libya is important to U.S. national security. Just 27% of voters say Libya is important to our nation’s national security, while 48% disagree.

It’s important to keep in mind that voters disapprove of the president’s performance, but not necessarily of the intervention in Libya. A plurality of Americans approve of the military action, according to a recent Gallup poll. And Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has been closely associated with the war in Libya, has a record-high approval rating of 66 percent.