Poll: Voters More Confident In Obama Than Romney To Handle Crisis In Mideast

Mitt Romney’s campaign has sought to highlight the recent tension in the Middle East as an example of President Barack Obama’s weakness on foreign policy, but a new poll released Wednesday suggests that Americans still have more confidence in the current commander-in-chief on that front.

The latest Bloomberg National Poll shows that likely voters believe Obama would be better-equipped than Romney to handle the often-tumultuous events in the Middle East, 49 percent to 38 percent.

But by a margin of 48 percent to 42 percent, voters believe Romney would be tougher on terrorism than Obama, who has held a consistent advantage on the issue since the 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden.  

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