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 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.
How the AP-GfK poll was conducted:
The Associated Press-GfK poll on foreign policy was conducted by GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Dec. 5-9. It is based on online interviews of 1,367 adults who are members of GfK’s nationally representative KnowledgePanel.
The original sample was drawn from a panel of respondents recruited by phone or mail survey methods. GfK provides Internet access to panel recruits who don’t already have it. With a probability basis and coverage of people who otherwise couldn’t access the Internet, online surveys using KnowledgePanel are nationally representative.
Interviews were conducted in both English and Spanish.
As is done routinely in surveys, results were weighted, or adjusted, to ensure that responses accurately reflect the population’s makeup by factors such as age, sex, race, education and phone usage.
No more than 1 time in 20 should chance variations in the sample cause the results to vary by more than plus or minus 3.5 percentage points from the answers that would be obtained if all adults in the U.S. were polled.
There are other sources of potential error in polls, including the wording and order of questions.
The questions and results are available at http://www.ap-gfkpoll.com