[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/POLITICS/06/20/iran.obama/art.white.house.afp.gi.jpg caption=" Iranian women demonstrate Saturday in front of the White House."](CNN) - As the aftermath of the Iranian election continues to unfold, a new national survey out Monday shows a slim majority of Americans approve of how President Obama is handling the situation there.
According to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, 52 percent give the president high marks for his response to the crisis in Iran while 36 percent disapprove. The poll is the first survey to come out in the wake of the country's disputed election just over a week ago.
The president wins stronger marks when it comes to his handling of foreign affairs in general. There, 61 percent approve while 32 percent disapprove.
Top Republicans - including Arizona Sen. John McCain - have criticized Obama for appearing to refrain from direct criticism of the disputed election result and the treatment of protesters over the last week.
Obama has called such attacks 'unjust,' but has also said he does not want to appear as if he is "meddling in Iranian elections."
"The last thing that I want to do is to have the United States be a foil for those forces inside Iran who would love nothing better than to make this an argument about the United States," Obama told CBS in an airing Monday.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs Monday also defended the president's ongoing response to the situation in Iran.
"The president continued to watch the situation evolve in Iran and speak out forcefully on behalf of justice and to warn the government against the use of violence," Gibbs said.
Obama is also expected to address the situation at a press conference Tuesday.
The poll, conducted from June 18-21, surveyed 1,001 adult Americans and carries a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.