Republican presidential candidates are excoriating the Obama administration for what they see as weakness in the President’s foreign policy leadership that also draws a contrast with presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, who served as his Secretary of State.
- In mid-January, Pew Research asked Americans if Obama was “tough enough” on foreign policy. It displayed a 17-point increase since 2009 among the public not believing the President was “tough enough” (38% 2009 to 55% now). 89% of Republicans don’t believe he is “tough enough,” but even 35% of Democrats agree. (Pew Research. Jan. 14, 2015)
- The most recent Pew poll shows the Republican Party with a 20% lead as the party to do a better job “dealing with the terrorist threat at home” and 13% lead over Democrats in “making wise decisions about foreign policy.” The poll highlights a 16-point shift to the Republican Party on the issue by independents. (Pew Research, Feb. 18-22, 2015)
- In the presidential race, the most repeated attack line at the recent CPAC conference by the Republican field was about the failure of the Obama administration’s foreign policy.
- In Colorado, 44% of voters are “very worried” by the rise of Islamic extremists and another 34% “somewhat worried,” and 71% are “very” or “somewhat” worried about a Charlie Hebdo-type attack in the U.S. (Quinnipiac, Feb. 15, 2015)