- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

President Obama’s overall job approval remains in negative territory but inched up 2 points to 42 percent, the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute said.

Its national poll released Wednesday says Mr. Obama’s negative 42-50 percent grade compares to a 40-54 percent rating in January.

Voters give him a negative 39-55 percent rating on his handing of foreign policy, one of his lowest ever, and 80 percent of Americans are “very concerned” or “somewhat concerned” that the Ukraine situation could lead to a larger conflict with U.S. military involvement.

They also are divided, 42-42 percent, on who is a stronger leader — Mr. Obama or Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Is the old Cold War Bear lurking in Ukraine? Americans express concern but caution on how to handle Russia,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. “It’s a tossup on who is a tougher leader, President Barack Obama or President Vladimir Putin, as Americans weigh the heavyweight standoff over Ukraine.”