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Pew: Obama not 'tough enough'

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A majority of Americans, 54 percent, don’t believe that President Obama is tough enough with foreign foes, feeding their concerns that the world has become a far more dangerous place under the Democratic administration, according to the Pew Research Center.

Pew found that 65 percent believe that the world is more dangerous than it was several years ago.

And they put ISIS near the top of U.S. threats. The Middle East terrorist group without borders ranks second to al Qaeda in the poll.

The poll of 1,501 was taken August 20-24, as Obama was on vacation and under attack for not being forceful enough on several foreign issues, including the war in Syria, the Israel-Palestine fight and Russia’s encroachment into Ukraine.

What it found wasn’t good for the White House. Americans more than at any other time during Obama’s presidency believe that he is “not tough enough” on foreign policy and nearly half believe America’s power has sunk under Obama.

From the report:

Obama’s Foreign Policy: More say that Barack Obama is not tough enough (54%) on national security and foreign policy issues than say he is about right (36%). While overall his job rating has remained stable this year (currently 42% approve, 50% disapprove), he gets his best rating for handling race relations and more negative ratings for handling policy toward Israel, the situation in Russia and Ukraine, and Iraq.

U.S. Global Power: Currently, 48% say the U.S. is a less important and powerful world leader than it was 10 years ago. 34% think the U.S. is as important and powerful as it was a decade ago while 15% think it is more important. These views continue to be close to a four-decade low in views of U.S. global power.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.