Donald Lambro

President Obama fled his plunging job approval polls this week in search of support in Europe for his war on Syria. Sweden was his first stop where he made no sale.

With America's lackluster, job-declining economy now in its fifth year, Obama has once again left the country to see if he can change the subject at home where he's become increasingly unpopular. It doesn't seem to be working.

Thursday's Gallup Poll reports that nearly 50 percent of Americans now disapprove of Obama's performance. Only 43 percent approve.

But early signs suggest Obama is no more successful at convincing European leaders about waging war against Syrian thug Bashar al-Assad than he's been at handling America's economy and other major issues here at home.

The Swedes said they couldn't support any unilateral response to Syria's use of chemical weapons. The mood in France is similar where lawmakers want U.N. approval they know they're not going to get. Great Britain says it's staying out of this one.

As this is written, the response to Obama's war-making initiative from other European leaders at the Group of 20 economic summit, hosted by Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg, doesn't look promising.

There's been no clarion calls from other European allies in support of Obama's call for action, further damaging his attempted leadership abroad.

Meantime, relations between Obama and Putin are as cold as a Moscow winter after the ruthless former KGB agent granted temporary asylum to American traitor and leaker Edward Snowden. Obama cancelled their planned meeting at the summit.

But as bad as the president's situation looks in Europe, it's not any better here where he's getting failing grades from the American people on his approach to the crisis in Syria.

This week's Washington Post/ABC News poll found that nearly 60 percent of Americans oppose Obama's plan to conduct a limited bombing campaign on Assad's military facilities. Among independent voters, opposition is at 66 percent.

There's less support for the U.S. "supplying weapons to the Syrian rebels," with a whopping 77 percent opposing such actions.

Those numbers reflect the deeply divided 10-to-7 vote of approval that the Democratic controlled Senate Foreign Relations Committee gave to Obama's war authorization resolution Wednesday.

For some Democrats, this one was a hold your nose and vote yes situation, insiders told me. Two Democrats sided with five Republicans in voting no. A third Democrat, liberal Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts, opposed the resolution but didn't want to be seen opposing Obama, so he voted "present."

Donald Lambro

Donald Lambro is chief political correspondent for The Washington Times.