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46% Rate Obama Positively on National Security

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Voters still have more confidence in President Obama's handling of national security than of the economy, but he fares more poorly in both areas this week.

Despite the increasing questions raised about events surrounding the death last September of U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens in Benghazi, 46% of Likely U.S. Voters still give the president good or excellent marks when it comes to his handling of national security issues, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey. That's little changed in recent weeks, although it's down from a high of 52% at the beginning of the year. But 39% now give him poor marks in this area, a six-point increase from a week ago. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on May 13-14, 2013 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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