Gallup: 64% Disapproved of Obama’s Handling of ISIS—In Poll Taken Nov. 4-8 Before Paris Attacks

By Terence P. Jeffrey | November 18, 2015 | 6:07pm EST

( - Sixty-four percent of American adults said they disapprove of the way that President Barack Obama is dealing with the ISIS terrorist group, according to a Gallup poll that was conducted Nov. 4-8.

The results of the poll, which was completed five days before the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, were cited and linked in a Gallup analysis released Monday.


Gallup asked 1,021 people 18 and older living in the United States whether they “approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling” four different policy areas. These included “the economy;” “healthcare policy;” “foreign affairs,” and “the situation involving Islamic militants, commonly known as ISIS, in Iraq and Syria.”

Obama did not secure majority approval for his handling of any of these topics. But the greatest disapproval was for his handling of ISIS.

--44 percent approved of Obama’s handling of the economy, and 54 disapproved.

--44 percent approved of Obama’s handling of healthcare policy and 54 percent disapproved.

--37 percent approved of Obama’s handling of foreign affairs and 59 percent disapproved.

--30 percent approved of Obama's handling of ISIS and 64 percent disapproved.

In its analysis of the survey, Gallup noted that it had been conducted before the Paris attacks and that Obama’s overall approval rating had gone up over the weekend following the attacks.

“These data are from a Nov. 4-8 Gallup poll, taken before Friday's Paris terrorist attacks, which appear to have led to a modest rally in support for the president,” said the Gallup analysis. “Obama's overall approval rating rose from 47% in Tuesday to Thursday Gallup Daily tracking to 51% from Friday to Sunday.”

“The Nov. 4-8 poll also included measures of Obama's handling of foreign affairs (37%) and the situation involving Islamic State militants, commonly known as ISIS, in Iraq and Syria (30%),” said the Gallup analysis. “Both of these ratings would likely be different today, after the Paris attacks. Obama's 37% rating on foreign affairs is consistent with the 36% and 39% ratings he received on the issue in two polls conducted earlier this year, but substantially lower than the majority approval ratings he initially received in his first term in office.”

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