With the polls moving against President Obama both nationally and in the swing states, all the pressure is on him in tonight’s debate to project American strength on foreign policy. Polls show that in the aftermath of the devastating murders of our ambassador to Libya and three other Americans, the American people are interested in a Reaganesque foreign policy. And Obama’s foreign policy is anything but.

According to the latest Pew Research Center polls, Americans are increasingly skeptical about the crown jewel of the Obama Doctrine: the Arab Spring. In April 2011, 42 percent of Americans thought that “changes in political leadership in Middle Eastern countries such in Libya, Egypt will lead to lasting improvements for people living in those countries.” Today, that number is 25 percent. Meanwhile, while 43 percent of Americans thought that such changes wouldn’t lead to lasting improvements in April 2011, today, that number is 57 percent. Americans believed in April 2011 by a 35-24 percent margin that the Arab Spring would be bad for the Untied States; today, it’s 36-14 percent. And Americans now believe by a 54-30 percent margin that “Stable governments, even if there is less democracy in the region,” is preferable to democratic governments with less stability. Among independents, that number is a whopping 62-27 margin.

All of this cuts against President Obama.

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