Poll: Public Views Romney Comments On Embassy Protests Negatively
A new Pew Center poll on the protests and violence in the Muslim world that began last week has some unfortunate news for Mitt Romney:
About four-in-ten Americans (43%) have followed news about the attacks on U.S. embassies in the Middle East and the killing of an American ambassador very closely, making it by far the most closely followed foreign news story of the year.
Those who have followed this story have much more positive opinions about Barack Obama’s handling of the situation than Mitt Romney’s comments on the crisis. Nearly half (45%) approve of Obama’s handling of the recent attacks on U.S. embassies and the killing of the U.S. ambassador in Libya; 36% disapprove of Obama’s handling of this situation.
In contrast, only about a quarter (26%) of those who have tracked news on turmoil in the Middle East approve of Romney’s comments on the situation; nearly half (48%) disapprove.
It’s unclear what kind of impact all of this is going to have on the campaign, but if this is any indication of how the public is going to evaluate the events of the past week or so, then the Republican assumption that the events in Egypt, Libya, and elsewhere would undercut the President’s advantage on foreign policy looks like it’s going to turn out to be untrue.