Americans See Putin as More Effective...

Americans See Putin as More Effective than Obama

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Diamond Eugene

Since: Jun 13

Hilliard, OH

#1 Sep 26, 2013
Many Americans think that Vladimir Putin was the most effective leader during the Syrian chemical weapons crisis, while approval for how Obama handled the crisis is still low.

Although Syria appears to have met the first deadline in its agreement with the United States and Russia, beginning the process of turning over its chemical weapons, few Americans trust it will fulfill its promises. That leaves President Obama in a difficult position: he continues to have little support for action against Syria, and Americans continue to disapprove of how he is handling this crisis. Worse for him, perhaps, the latest Economist/YouGov Poll finds twice as many Americans giving Russian President Vladimir Putin the nod over President Obama as the most effective leader in this crisis.

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.

Democrats rank the President alongside Assad as the least effective leader, with one in four choosing each of them.

The move towards diplomacy in this crisis has still left the Americans public believing that the United States eventually will attack the Syrian government, although the percentage saying he will order military action has dropped eight points in the last week, from 45% to 37%, and more think he will not take military action this week than did so a week ago.

And the President’s overall approval rating remains low. It remains just above the all-time low for this President (36% in mid-2011). This week, 38% approve of the way the President is handling his job; 55% disapprove.

Chermside, Australia

#2 Sep 28, 2013
These days each country has it's own troubles, no one wants to go to war, they would rather build their own economy - there is scepticism of the efficacy of war even in Obama's perspective since he wanted the support of congress but not initially needing it in the Syrian issue. Russia has good relations with Syria, they are best friends. Lets be honest Syria doesn't even have the resources to go to war with the west and Russia obviously doesn't want to contribute since their playing the placation card. Russia has a responsibility to help it's friend. The most legal and realistic thing to do by UN standards is to ask Syria to lay down it's chemical weapons. It goes to show that even Russia is undergoing some revolutionary changes in it's political mind-set. The hero in all of this is the discretionary work of the UN and let's keep praying since war is the last thing on our mind. I like Obama I think he has good strategy in pushing pressure into the resolution of important humanitarian issues which ultimately affect us all.
Tommy T Thomas - aka 3Ts

Reynoldsburg, OH

#3 Sep 29, 2013
Putin is the better capitalist? Well, duh.
Wait what

Columbus, OH

#4 Sep 29, 2013
chanson reforme wrote:
I like Obama I think he has good strategy in pushing pressure into the resolution of important humanitarian issues which ultimately affect us all.
Oh, you mean like the use of drones which kill innocents on a daily basis? That humanitarian strategy?
hey now

Columbus, OH

#5 Sep 29, 2013
Whites see another white as more effective than an obama-ite.
They cannot kill a Spook

Toledo, OH

#6 Sep 29, 2013
hey now wrote:
Whites see another white as more effective than an obama-ite.
Obama, more worthless than a pint of piss

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