On our CBC U.S. politics panel this week, Paul Brandus and I agreed that Mitt Romney’s shoot-from-the-hip reaction to the anti-American mobs in the Middle East had not helped him establish an image as a sober foreign policy hand.
A new poll out Monday shows just how bad the damage was. The killing of the U.S. ambassador in Libya was “by far the most closely followed foreign news story of the year,” finds the poll by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press. Of those who followed the story, nearly half (45%) approved of Obama’s handling of the situation and 36% disapprove. In contrast, only about one quarter (26%) approve of Mitt Romney’s response, and nearly half (48%) disapprove.