Foreign Policy Data Roundup: Candidates and Issues

Foreign affairs, the theme of Monday night’s third and final presidential debate, has been one of President Barack Obama’s stronger issue areas in the campaign in 2012, although whether that continues to be the case isn’t clear. …

How much foreign policy issues will matter to voters when casting their ballots on Nov. 6 is another question. Gallup’s most recent measure of the Most Important Problem facing the country found scant mentions of Afghanistan, Iran, or even terrorism — presenting a very different picture of what is on the public’s mind as they prepare to vote in 2012 compared with what Gallup found in 2000 and 2004. [cont.]

Lydia Saad, Gallup