The Washington Times - September 11, 2013, 09:39AM

A Gallup poll shows that President Obama’s job-approval rating on foreign affairs is low, at 42 percent, but is roughly unchanged from marks in June and August as he grapples with how to punish Syria’s government for a chemical weapons attack that killed civilians near Damascus.

Additionally, the poll found that 31 percent of Americans approve of how Mr. Obama has handled the situation in Syria.

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Mr. Obama tried Tuesday night to rally support for a potential use of force to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad for the Aug. 21 attack that killed an estimated 1,400 people. At the same time, he pledged to explore a diplomatic solution to the situation.

Last week, Gallup said Americans oppose U.S. military action in Syria by a 15-point margin.

“But Obama’s controversial position on the situation in Syria has not, in the short term, affected his public standing on his handling of foreign affairs,” Gallup said. “His approval on this dimension has been stable since June, although it remains below his overall job approval rating (45 percent) in the same poll.”