37% Say It’s Bad For U.S. When Candidates Criticize President’s Foreign Policies
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Friday, June 08, 2012
In the early years of the Cold War, most politicians subscribed to the adage that “politics stops at the water’s edge,” but since the Vietnam war, partisan sniping at a president’s foreign policy has become commonplace. Just over a third (37%) of Likely U.S. Voters think it’s bad for the country when candidates for the presidency criticize the foreign policy of the sitting president, but, not surprisingly, there’s a partisan component to the findings.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 16% say such criticism is good for the United States, while 30% say it has no impact. Seventeen percent (17%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)
The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on June 5-6, 2012 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.
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