The Washington Times - September 16, 2013, 09:12AM

Six in 10 Americans approve of Secretary of State John Kerry’s job performance, notching him a better rating than either President Obama or Vice President Joseph R. Biden, a new poll shows.

Gallup says 60 percent of respondents had a positive view of Mr. Kerry so far, compared to 31 percent who disapprove of his performance.

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He has fares better than Mr. Obama, at 45 percent approval and 51 percent disapproval, and Mr. Biden, at 51 percent approval versus 39 percent on the negative end.

The results were from a governance poll conducted Sept. 5-8, or during congressional debate on the use of force in Syria but before Mr. Obama’s address to the nation and the diplomatic deal that was struck to dismantle the Assad regime’s chemical weapons.

Gallup notes that Mr. Kerry, who has been on the job since February, has been active not only on the Syria question but also in reigniting Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and asking China for help in dealing with North Korea.