JOE SCARBOROUGH: So, we always hear that foreign policy doesn't matter, it's hard to believe though, if you look at the poll numbers that Bowe Bergdahl and Iraq and Syria and Ukraine and all these other foreign policy crises are weighing the president's numbers down. 41%.
CHUCK TODD: A total drag. Never mind that at home, the VA also hit him on competence. This poll is a disaster for the president. What's interesting about it is that it's not a disaster for the Democrats. I'll separate that out in a minute. You look at the presidency here, lowest job rating, tied for the lowest, lowest on foreign policy. His administration seen as less competent than the Bush administration post-Katrina. Sorry, Nicole. Not saying you'd be happy about this. I don't think you'd want that standard.
Then the issue is do you believe you can still lead, and a majority believe not. Essentially the public is saying your presidency is over by saying a number like that, 54% saying he no longer has the ability to lead and solve problems. That's one of those things you're just at the White House going, wow. Foreign policy has, I think, entrapped them.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Do you guys ask specifics on foreign policy questions? About Iraq?
CHUCK TODD: Not yet about Iraq. We're in the field on Iraq now. Yes on Bergdahl: Plurality against the trade. Very much a partisan line split on that. But here's something that is a reminder. A large majority against shutting down Gitmo. Taliban for a lot of Americans is synonymous with al-Qaeda. It doesn't matter if it's... And that's what's got to be frustrating for the White House, by the way.
We also asked about climate change. The country, basically, leans with the president. On immigration, with the president. So he's got them on some of these issues, he just doesn't have their confidence personally.