Washington, Sept. 18: A large percentage of Americans disapprove of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s remarks on the attacks on US posts in the Middle East, a new poll has found.
According to the Pew Research Center for People and the Press, only 26 percent Americans approved of Romney’s remarks, compared to 48 percent who disapproved.
The poll found that nearly half of Americans, 45 percent, approved of President Barack Obama’s remark on the attacks, compared to 36 percent who disapproved of his remarks.
According to Politico, the protests and riots, supposedly sparked by an amateur film insulting to Muslims, have spread across the Middle East and the Muslim world.
US Ambassador in Libya Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed last week in an assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
The morning after Stevens’s death, Romney made a statement criticizing Obama’s response to the protests and accused him of apologizing for American values and sympathizing with the rioters.
Critics, including many Republicans, criticized his tone and timing, and questioned the accuracy of his accusations.
The poll found that only 5 percent of Democrats approved of Romney’s remarks, and only 11 percent of Republicans approved of Obama’s handling, but independents favored the president. (ANI)