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Poll: Disapproval of Obama foreign policy at all-time high

A recent poll by The New York Times and CBS News found that a majority of Americans disapprove of the way President Obama has handled the United States' foreign policy, particularly the crisis in Iraq.

Dissatisfaction with the president's handling of foreign policy has risen among both Democrats and Republicans in recent months. The poll, which surveyed 1,009 Americans over the phone last weekend, found that 58 percent of Americans disapprove of the way Obama has conducted foreign policy, the highest disapproval rating for his approach to foreign policy since he took office in 2009.

But the most shocking number in the poll may be that 52 percent of Americans disapprove of Obama's handling of the violence in Iraq, including disapproval from a third of Democrats. The president's overall approval rating is now just 40 percent, which doesn't bode well for the remainder of his time in office.

"I used to have hope," Nikki Bahls, a 41-year-old Democrat from Iowa, told the Times. "I had hope when I voted for Obama, but it's changed."