Poll: Americans by nearly 2-1 disapprove of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

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President Obama has failed to convince Americans that his swap of five dangerous Taliban leaders for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was the right thing to do, with the number of those disagreeing with his abrupt decision growing, according to a new poll.

Rasmussen Reports said that 54 percent disagree with the controversial swap, up 11 points from just a week ago.

And a sizable 57 percent believe that the president should have complied with the law and informed congressional leaders of the exchange before moving ahead with the release of the prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, said Rasmussen.

The persistent reports that Bergdahl walked off his post are also driving Americans by nearly two-to-one to disapprove of him. According to the new poll, 24 percent have a favorable opinion of Bergdahl while 54 percent have an unfavorable view.

And the poll shows that the administration can give up any thoughts that Americans aren’t paying attention to the story. A remarkable 80 percent are paying attention to the story and only 4 percent aren’t following it “at all.”

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