Check out what the Huffington Post has for us today! If you listen to the talking heads on the right, Dick Cheney, and Newt Gingrich, it would be pretty safe to assume that we were all doomed, right? This new poll says the people disagree:
The findings, which show Obama's approval rating on national security affairs at 64 percent among likely voters, should deal a blow to the assertions of his critics -- notably former Vice President Dick Cheney -- who contend that the president's policies have made the country less safe.
According to the Democracy Corps, which was founded by former Clinton administration officials James Carville and Stan Greenberg, Obama now has higher ratings on national security than he does in his overall job approval, which stands at 58 percent. Democrats, for the first time in the firm's research, are at "full parity on perceptions of which party would best manage national security."
Among many interesting data points include these:
- 61 percent of respondents approve of the job Obama is doing fighting terrorism.
- 67 percent approve of how he is handling Iraq.
- 68 percent approve of his policies for Afghanistan, and the same number says the president is improving Americans stand in the word.
"The public flatly rejects the claims from former Vice President Cheney and other Republicans that Obama's policies put Americans at risk," the authors conclude. "A strong majority says Obama's policies are increasing US security -- compared to the majority who now say President George W. Bush's policies undermined America's security."
I feel better already!