Obama rated high on foreign affairs, low on domestic

Updated: 2013-12-18 15:42


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WASHINGTON - A new poll finds that President Barack Obama's approval ratings for handling foreign policy issues generally top his ratings for most domestic issues, including the economy and health care.

But the poll shows that most Americans want the president to pull US troops out of Afghanistan faster, and many are skeptical about a tentative nuclear deal with Iran.

The Associated Press-GfK poll found that 57 percent now say going to war in Afghanistan after the 2001 terror attacks was probably the "wrong thing to do." And 53 percent say the pace of the planned withdrawal is too slow.

Meanwhile, six in 10 Americans approve of the preliminary deal between Iran and six global powers to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions. But many doubt the negotiations will lead to concrete results.