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Survey: Israel's handling of the conflict in Gaza is more popular than ... Obama

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More Americans approve of Israel's handling of the conflict in Gaza than approve of President Obama's handling of the White House, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

The survey, which was conducted from July 30-Aug. 3 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.10 percent, found that 44 percent of respondents believe Israel's actions in Gaza are justifiable, while only 24 percent say otherwise.

Thirty-two percent of respondents say they do not have enough information to comment on the issue.

Meanwhile, the survey, which polled some 1,000 U.S. adults aged 18 and older, also found that the president’s overall approval rating has slipped to 40 percent.

Fifty-four percent of survey respondents say they disapprove of Obama’s performance as commander in chief, while only 6 percent say they have no opinion on the matter.

And it’s all downhill after that for the Obama White House.

Public approval for the president’s handling of foreign policy has sunk to an all-time low of just 36 percent, while disapproval for the way Obama has approached the issues has increased to an impressive 60 percent, according to the survey.

Further, the president scores terrible marks for his response to the following:

• The Malaysian passenger jet shot down over Ukraine: 26 percent approve and 37 percent disapprove

• The conflict between Russia and Ukraine: 23-43

• The civil war in Syria: 18-37

• The ongoing struggle between Hamas and Israel: 17-45

• The rise of ISIS in Iraq: 14-42

In short, the public is deeply unhappy with the way that the Obama administration has addressed major overseas events.

“We’re in the summer of our discontent,” said Peter Hart, one of the pollsters who conducted the survey. “Americans are cranky, unhappy … It is with everything going on the world.”

Nevertheless, the White House appears determined to involve itself more in the conflict in Gaza, speaking out this week against Israel’s military operations.

“We once again stress that Israel must do more to meet its own standards and avoid civilian casualties," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said this week at a press briefing, referring to civilians in Gaza who have been killed by Israeli military strikes. "The suspicion that militants are operating nearby does not justify strikes that put at risk the lives of so many innocent civilians.”

Here is the full survey:

14643 August Nbc-wsj Poll

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