More Americans Favor Putin Than Obama In Handling Of Syrian Conflict

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With an approval rating of 43 percent, it’s no secret that many Americans have lost faith in President Barack Obama’s ability to do his job. But, a poll concerning the Presidential response—and that of Obama’s international counterparts— to the situation in Syria, reveals that Americans may be even more concerned about the President’s ability to handle foreign affairs than his responsibilities at home.

An Economist/YouGov poll found that Americans feel that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s response to the Syrian civil war was more appropriate than Obama’s. Forty-nine percent of respondents said Putin responded correctly, compared to just 25 percent expressing faith in Obama’s tactics.

Via YouGov:

As might be expected with any issue involving the President in these polarized times, hardly any Republicans think the Democratic President was the most effective leader: overwhelmingly they say Putin was most effective (63% of Republicans say this, while only 4% pick Obama).  But there is even concern from Democrats.  Fewer than half of Democrats say the President was most effective, while 37% choose Putin.

To Americans, President Obama was the “least effective” world leader, with more choosing him than British Prime Minister David Cameron, who lost a vote in his Parliament on the issue, and Syrian President Bashar Assad, who has said he will submit to international pressure and give up his chemical weapons.

While only 23 percent of respondents said that they believed Syria will follow through with the conditions of Syrian chemical disarmament fleshed out by the international community, few Americans support military intervention if the country fails to comply. According to the poll, just 26 percent support the use of military force against Syria (only 35 percent of Democrats are in favor) and 58 percent oppose action.

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  • The Reader

    The 23% are the democrats that would follow O’bama off a cliff if he told them to.

    • TheOriginalDaveH

      Only if there was a welfare check at the bottom.

      • John W.H.

        the fastest way to starve a Obama supporter is hide his food stamps under his work boots

  • Sarah417

    I favor Putin over Obama under any circumstance.

    • Bud Wood

      Well, Putin wasn’t born in the USA.

      But I suppose that requirement has been laid to rest.

      • liz

        Sure looks that way !

      • Don Berry

        Correct: your hero Ted Cruz was born in Canada.

        • LINDITA

          AS PEOPLE, TED CRUZ WAS BORN IN CANADA AND LOOKS ROOT IN ……..LA,LA,LA…..

        • Merle Dickey

          Isn’t that what she said?

      • Sarah417

        Watch the headline news when Cruz makes a run. They’ll never let it rest that he was born in Canada. Republicans just don’t know how to fight. These are evil people and we have to fight dirty like they do. An eye for an eye.

  • Jp3045

    Then by all means can we find all of them a cliff to go off of together.

  • Kat

    Obama is totally clueless about everything, other than his own agenda.

  • hippybiker

    O-homobama doesn’t know his A$$ from a hole in the ground. He’s a lousy golfer too, and can’t figure out how to use an umbrella. He is a typical product of affirmative action, and he needs to go, or OUR country is Doomed!!

    • Bud Wood

      The USA as a united country is doomed. My guess is that “we” won’t see a federal election in 2016.

      • Don Berry

        Your “guess” will be wrong, and Democrats will win again. Get used to it.

        • Robert Wood

          BULL SH$$T!!!!!

          • smilee

            Odds are that on is right as the GOP is self destructing.

  • vietnamvet1971

    a community organizer playing president, to bad he will never learn he is not smart enough. Putin had to rescue the Fumbling, Mumbling Muslim’s foreign policy.I hope the Idiots that voted this Clown back in get what they deserve and it looks like obamacare will do it.

  • Gilly from Australia

    Your article failed to indicate how many republicans favoured military intervention and how many republicans opposed using military force and if so many do not respect the President do you not think it is because of the continual anti Obama the Man campaign so evident in this newsletter. Now I’m like the majority at the moment and don’t want to see americanans allied lives list in Syria however the final results are not in yet and none of us really knows how this whole thing will play out in the end. The Syrians are very dangerous people not just the government who rules them, so let’s just wait and see over the next several years as to whether Putin and the rest of us were really as right as we all currently think we are.

    • wandamurline

      I guess you are okay with Obama lifting the ban and sending weapons to the Al Quada and Muslim Brotherhood rebels in Syria. There has not been proof that Assad was responsible…..there has been reporting that it was the rebels that used the gas and that is what I believe as Assad was winning and had no reason to do this. The main thing here is that America needs to keep her nose out of everyone else’s business….this is a civil war between two factions….one that will install Sharia law and one that is now in charge that, at least, allows Christians to live in peace….the rebels have been murdering them at a staggering rate. Of course, unless you get on the internet, you will not get any of this information from the lamestream propogandists news.

      • Don Berry

        You mean like when Reagan sent arms to Iran? The Iran-Contra scandal? (feigned outrage & selective recall: Republican trademarks. Some of us don’t forget)

        • TheOriginalDaveH

          No matter how you Liberal Progressives try, Don, two wrongs still don’t make a right.

          • Don Berry

            …but put together enough wrongs and you can sum up today’s Teapublican party…

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            I can see that you’re stuck in the Republican/Democrat paradigm, Don. Wake up. Both parties serve their Crony Capitalists at the rest of our expense. They are a Big Government tag team with just enough differences to keep the minions chanting mindlessly for their team, while the Leaders laugh all the way to the bank.
            We had a female Representative a few years ago who we threw out after her first term. Did she go back to the private sector? Of course not, she just ran for Representative in another district. Obviously the perks are addictive.
            The Leaders are making fools of the rest of us who have become their serfs.

          • Don Berry

            There’s no doubt that both sides have issues, and don’t think for a minute that I follow the Democratic doctrine. As individuals we have to look at the issues, then decide which side more closely supports our opinions and objectives. Problem is, as time goes on and the GOP pulls further & further toward right wing extremism, the choice becomes increasingly easy to make (at you DO have to vote for somebody…or rather, against somebody). Back in the 60’s (yes I lived it) the right wing lunatics were the John Birch Society. Today that extreme ideology is mainstream GOP.

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            What do they do that turns you off?

          • Don Berry

            Let’s see…where to start? …Taxes on the wealthy, perks & special treatment of certain corporations, cuts to programs for the poor, regulation of firearms, religious influence in government, homophobia, women’s right to choose, equality regardless of sex, religion, or lifestyle choice, cuts to education, the list goes on. There are issues where Democrats are equally to blame, but I’ve left those off this list: these are GOP exclusive.

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            Taxes on the Wealthy?
            I guess you mean they don’t want taxes on the Wealthy?
            But think about it, Don. When the Government taxes the Wealthy, who are the investors in capital equipment and plants, and gives it to the poor (more likely they give most of it to themselves), there will be fewer machines and other Capital Investments with which to drive our economy. The Government, or whoever non-productive people they give that money to, just consumes the wealth. So fewer capital goods means fewer consumer goods and the rest of us suffer.
            Read this if you really want to understand the economics of taxes better (don’t worry, it’s pretty short):
            http://mises.org/daily/5277/When-Capital-Is-Nowhere-in-View

            Cuts to programs for the poor? Economically speaking, when we support the poor we are enabling them to continue being poor. Take my sister for example. She quit her school admin job in California and moved to Arkansas. She’d been out of work for about 6 months and I suggested that she take whatever she can find to put food on her table until she got back on her feet. She proclaimed — “I’m NOT going to work for $10/hour!”.
            The best thing we could do for the poor is to get Government out of our Marketplace so our economy can vastly improve and get them jobs.
            That doesn’t even address the Moral issue — It is just plain theft to take one person’s property and give it to another person — no matter how you try to rationalize it.
            Really the Leaders could care less about the poor. They are just buying their votes so they can stay in Power.

            Government doesn’t provide “equality”, Don. What they are doing is giving certain classes of people special privileges that the rest of us don’t get. If you are talking about abolishing laws that establish inequality, then I’m right behind you. We generally need to get Government back to their only legitimate role which is to protect us from the Force of others. Imagine what a robust economy we would have if we could cut them back to 1/3 their current size. The money that would be released would inevitably be employed much more effectively by the Private Sector. And on top of that, the former meddlers (Government employees) would be put back to doing productive work once again. I have no doubt that our economy would boom if we could accomplish that.

          • Don Berry

            Your entire premise is wrong. Rich people don’t create jobs, If they did our country would be swimming in jobs, after the Bush tax cuts. DEMAND creates jobs. When poor or middle class have $$$ to spend, they spend it. This creates demand, which the rich (already) have the means to fill. Increase the $$$ in the hands of the poor & middle class and you improve the economy. The rich lived & thrived with tax rates in the 70% range when Eisenhower was president, and American enjoyed it’s greatest prosperity ever; our economy was the envy of the world. Reagan and his GOP successors repealed those tax rates, and gave corporations carte blanche to do whatever they wanted. Those at the top grew even richer, bought power and influence, and outsourced the well-paying jobs, leaving only the low-paying service jobs we now see, Our country has been headed downhill ever since.

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            Do you have any idea how annoying it is to have an ignorant guy telling me I’m wrong?
            If demand created jobs, if money created jobs, there would be no poor countries. Any rum-dumb dictator can print worthless fiat money, and everybody demands things. I demand a BMW Alpina B7. Do you think it would improve the economy if the Government printed up $135,000 and gave it to me to buy one? Of course I’d like that, but meanwhile I produced nothing in return for that. If they printed Trillions more dollars and just passed it out to everybody, most of us would just go out and buy everything we wanted until all the goods were exhausted. Then we would have what every Socialist country has after they’ve purged the wealth-creators — widespread poverty.
            Obviously you didn’t read the article I linked to, or you would have at least been cautious about making false statements about my knowledge.
            You can be an Ignoramus the rest of your life, Don, or you can start thinking and studying to learn how things really work. It’s your choice.
            Read this to start your journey:
            http://library.mises.org/books/Kel%20Kelly/The%20Case%20for%20Legalizing%20Capitalism.pdf
            If you choose to remain ignorant, fine, but please don’t bug me any further unless you’re just a troll Shill whose job it is to harass people who know what’s really going on in the hopes of keeping others from learning.

          • Don Berry

            And now you: quasi-intellectual…has deteriorated into the name-calling, mud-slinging doofus I knew you were. Enjoy you elitist-shill attitude, you belong with the ranks of the GOP worshipping, Faux Noise watching sheeple on here…crying while the other side rolls your little band of extremists over like yesterday’s garbage.

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            You drew first blood Ignoramus with this sentence — “Your entire premise is wrong” — So quit your whining.
            And I am Libertarian, not Republican. I have made it clear in my comments that neither party’s Leaders are there for the people.

          • Don Berry

            Your entire premise WAS (and IS) wrong. And a Libertarian is just another right wing whack-job, right up/down there with the Teabaggers (aka: John Birch Society) No need to whine, truth hurts. I don’t support everything the Democrats offer up, but we all have to make a choice…and the GOP (aided and abetted by the aforementioned) is off the deep end. It’s a fact, get used to it.

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            You are just the typical dumbed-down American, Don, who hasn’t got the mental capacity to learn reality.

          • Don Berry

            More elitist-wannabee snobbery. Enjoy your delusions…and learn your history, it might help you to face the real “reality”.

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            I’m a snob? Perhaps, but I’d take snobbery any day over that condition of being a Thief, and Forcing ignorant choices on other people, like the Liberal Progressives do every day.

        • John W.H.

          you are a special kind of stupid aren’t you don!! Ba-rack Whoisinsane Obama will go down in history as the sorriest person to ever have held any office in this country, I still refuse to call him a president, because he doesn’t make a pimple on a presidents A@$

          • Don Berry

            That’s exactly how I feel…about Ronald Reagan!! LOL!! And even a carnival huckster like Reagan wouldn’t be nutty enough for today’s GOP!

          • John W.H.

            you been drinking to much of the Kool-Aid

        • Robert Messmer

          So what does 30 year old history have to do with Syria? Are you saying the terrorists have gotten hold of those weapons and their killing of Christians is the result? Why can you not simply refute with logic instead of resulting to: he did it to. Ever hear that two wrongs don’t make a right?

          • Don Berry

            The US ought to stay the f%^&* out of the Syria civil war. And we should have stayed out of Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, and every other middle-east conflict. Let Israel fend for themselves, and the’d learn to be “polite” really quickly, with out the US as the 800 lb bully behind them. Oh, & btw, Reagan was still wrong.

          • Merle Dickey

            In that scenario, we would be under communist rule. Oh, I forgot we already are.

          • Don Berry

            You are delusional…

          • Merle Dickey

            LOL,coming from you that is a joke! Keep on writing your dribbles we all are getting a real kick out of your stupidity or insanity. I’m not sure which :)

          • Don Berry

            Oh it’s fun to take a ride on the short bus now & then, just to have a little quality time with the challenged. Enjoy your ride! ;)

          • Robert Messmer

            Congratulations you have seen the light because the vast majority of “right-wingers” have been saying from day one that the government needed to stay out of Syria! Unfortunately We the People don’t get listened to very much because some RINOs decided to march in lock-step with Obama. Reagan at least was trying to get hostages released.

          • Don Berry

            IMO we’ve go ourselves in a(nother) no-win situation in the middle east, since Kuwait/Iraq, which has sapped the US’s resources (not to mention $$$) which would definitely have been better spent elsewhere…like on US infrastructure and other things to improve the quality of life here, not to mention not running up the deficit to record levels. We’re now trying to pry ourselves out, despite Israel’s best efforts, and the last thing we need is to be dragged into yet another religious war that will never end. Whether that’s Democrat-friendly, or GOP friendly, I don’t care, we need to get out, let them fight like they’ve been doing for centuries, and will continue to do, until the end of time…

        • Merle Dickey

          That is history right or wqrong. We are talking aboput what is going on in this country and the situation in Syria. And you were the one who laughed at name callingI.f you like him so much then you can go down with him when he is done.

          • Don Berry

            “He” will be done in 2016, & be replaced, probably by Hillary. I know that gives you right-wingers fits, but get used to it. Your ideas are wrong for this country, and as time goes on, more and more see it.

    • liz

      I hate to burst your bubble but the Republicans AREN’T running the Country, when they do try do give an opinion, regardless of the idea, the Senate and President don’t care to listen. The Republicans have passed budget after budget, it doesn’t get past Reid, when it comes to the Military decisions, doesn’t matter, President and Reid ignore everything and start name calling. When this President stops appointing Muslim Brotherhood members to our Government, stops sending arms to Al Quada, stops letting foreign leaders make decisions regarding foreign policy on behalf of America, and stops force-feeding a ridiculous healthcare system down our throats because he wants total control over us all , then maybe, just maybe things might get better and his poll numbers will finally go somewhere besides DOWN.

      • Merle Dickey

        well said Liz!

    • TheOriginalDaveH

      You sound dangerous, Gilly. Where do we send the Drone?

    • John W.H.

      It doesn’t make any difference who is right in Syria, it is not our problem, and most of the people I know don’t give a damn if they kill each other down to the last man standing. the whole thing over there, is just a load of crap to keep people from talking about the real problems we need to be dealing with, if the little brown clown want to get involved let him lead from the front, not from behind the pantywaist liberal commies, in the democratic party, and the useless R.I.N.O.S.

    • Robert Messmer

      You did read the part about the numbers coming from a YouGov poll? It is an online poll not restricted to just the readership of PLD so your supposition that what you perceive to be “the continual anti Obama the Man campaign” as being responsible is highly flattering. I don’t know how polls are taken in Australia but I do know that polls can give you just about any results you want depending on what questions are asked, how they are phrased, and who you poll.

  • Sam

    I never thought I’d see the day where Americans favored a communist over our own president. But then, isn’t obama a commie as well? Plus, he’s a Sunni Muslim. That’s double bad. Seems Americans favored the radical left in 2008.

    • Merle Dickey

      They juat didn’t vet him.

  • MOOSE4U2

    We the people have to send obama packing out of white house before he does any more damage!!!! Charge him with crimes like using drones & killing innocent people including young children , spying on his own people ,Benghazi etc etc.

    • smilee

      Dream on silly!!!

  • liz

    It is really sad when the American People prefer a Russian Communist over the President of their own Country.

    • smilee

      The poll did not say that at all!

  • Don Berry

    You surely mean “more Republicans”. You know, those wonderful individuals who would disapprove of anything Obama does, no matter what course he takes. As far as backing Putin over our president, well that’s so patriotic of you. If you like Russia’s foreign policy so much, why don’t you move there? (in fact, PLEASE move there…and take your petty biotching & gunaholic attitudes with you. See how far that gets you in Russia!)

    • TheOriginalDaveH

      You first, Don.

      • Don Berry

        Me first what, Einstein? I’m not the one whining about life under the Democrats, if you want something different then YOU leave.

        • TheOriginalDaveH

          I will stay and fight immoral Liberal Progressives, Don, thank you. You’re the one who advocates Russian-like policies. So YOU leave.

          • Don Berry

            You lost. Smell the coffee…then pack your bags if you can’t handle it. I hear Somalia is nice this time of year. Small government, no rules, all the things you regressives profess to want so much. Don’t let the door hit ‘cha…on the way out.

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            Is this another Liberal Multi-Personality? Or do you guys just all sound alike? Whatever the case, you’re boring, and that’s the nicest thing I can say about you immoral creatures.

          • smilee

            You have always lost though as the majority do not agree with you.

          • TheOriginalDaveH

            That may or may not be true, but it certainly is meaningless in the world of intellect. I’m accustomed to being in a very small group of high performance. And obviously, you aren’t Sleepee — thus the begging hand.

    • John W.H.

      don barry Well now, what we have hear is a Ba-rack Whoisinsane Obama liberal commie, ate up with hoplophobia. If you think the squatter in the white house is doing a good job, you are one big moron. As for us moving I think you are so full of crap you eyes are turning brown, only a complete fool still backs the little brown clown. how about you move back to your country of origin and take Obama with you, numb nuts!!

      • Don Berry

        Sore losers (accent: LOSERS) call me a waaaaaaa..mbulance. I like it her just fine, now that the useless GOP are on the ropes. You all keep going the way you’re going, you won’t have a party to represent you, or at least ANY votes, besides a few thousand Faux Noise sheeple.

        • Robert Wood

          YOU MUST LIKE CIGAR SMOKE!!!!!

        • John W.H.

          I sure hope you have been neutered, you are to stupid to let you breed.

          • Don Berry

            Can’t handle the truth? Sux 2 B U…

          • John W.H.

            You have me confused with someone that cares what you say Donnie boy. Since you are the only one hear that sucks are you gay don or just stupid?

          • Don Berry

            When losing an argument resort to pettiness & name-calling. Oh, wait you already did that! LOL! Btw, learn how to spell, capitalize, and punctuate. Or did you never make it past 3rd grade?

    • Joanne Thomann

      This is definitely one of those un informed voters

  • Robert Wood

    Nero!! will be the ruin of AMERICA,!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Don Berry

      Patricians destroyed the Roman empire through unbridled greed & corruption. Now the US has Republicans…

      • Robert Wood

        OBOZO= NERO!@#$%^&*()_++

        • Don Berry

          Yeah, stands to reason you wouldn’t get that…(eyeroll)…

          • Robert Wood

            OBOZO —-SUCKS, ask Larry SINCAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Robert Messmer

        Actually with the “bread and circuses” sounds more like the Democrats with their freebies.

  • smilee

    YouGov is an online voluntary poll and is not a valid one for statistical reliability.

  • Dave

    will the politicians ever listen to the will of the people? Not until we show themn that WE WILL remove them from their positions of power and prestige. It’s time for some of these guys to go!

    • Mole Johnson

      Its really sad that the only part of the government that is listening to us is the … NSA

  • LINDITA

    AS PEOPLE, ALL TALKING ARE NOT ABOUT THE SYRIA. OBAMA WANTS TO TAKE OVER THE TRAVEL COMPANY BUSINESS. JUST LIKE HE DID WITH AUTO-INDUSTRY, BANKING, ENERGY, HEALTHCARE.