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Friday, June 19, 2009

Obama's approval rating in Israel goes from 31% to 6% in one month

The percentage of Jewish Israelis who see the Obama administration as being pro-Israel has declined from 31% to 6% since May 17 according to a JPost/Smith poll published in Friday's editions. In the intervening month, Obama gave his homily to the Muslim world in Cairo on June 4, and his administration has come into open conflict with Israel's leaders over a 'settlement freeze' and over the opening of the Gaza crossings without the release of kidnapped IDF corporal Gilad Shalit.
The poll, which has a margin of error of 4.5%, was conducted among a representative sample of 500 Israeli Jewish adults this week, following Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's speech in which he expressed his support for a demilitarized Palestinian state.

Another 50% of those sampled consider the policies of Obama's administration more pro-Palestinian than pro-Israeli, and 36% said the policies were neutral. The remaining 8% did not express an opinion.

The numbers were a stark contrast to the last poll published May 17, on the eve of the meeting between Netanyahu and Obama at the White House. In that poll, 31% labeled the Obama administration pro-Israel, 14% considered it pro-Palestinian and 40% said it was neutral. The other 15% declined to give an opinion.
By contrast, 88% of Jewish Israelis believe that the Bush administration was pro-Israel.

Read the whole thing.The full poll results are here.

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15 Comments:

At 8:19 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

It makes it that much harder for Obama to crack Israel... about the only support he has among Jewish Israelis are the Meretz-Hadash voters and they have 4 seats between them in the Knesset.

Heh

 
At 10:34 AM, Blogger ytba said...

As my son would say, "SWEET!"

Thank G-d! I always knew Israelis had sense, if only they were properly informed, or motivated!

 
At 4:17 PM, OpenID ivan007 said...

Oh no, how will Obama get re-elected if no-one in Israel will vote for him? He should obviously change his policies now to scoop up Haifa-North vote.

 
At 4:42 PM, Blogger Rick S said...

What I want to know is what is wrong with those 6%?!

 
At 4:46 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Rick S,

The other six percent are supporters of Meretz, a far Left party with only 3 MK's in the current Knesset (they had as many as 12 in the '90's) and the Jewish (since this was a survey of Israeli Jews) supporters of Hadash, a combined Jewish-Arab communist party.

Ivan007,

That's not the point. The point is that for someone who is trying to present himself as an impartial interlocutor, Obama is failing miserably.

 
At 5:48 PM, Blogger Andre (Canada) said...

For some reason though, the US Jews have gotten themselves a collective lobotomy and still believe "the one" to be "the best president since FDR" according to Bob Beckel.
I am not sure what it will take short of a miracle to turn US Jews around but it looks to me that their pavlovian reflex to vote for the Democrats has now settled in their DNA.
It will take Evangelical Christians to save Israel and the Jews while US Jews are watching the president they help elect destroy Israel singlehandedly.
Unreal.

 
At 6:15 PM, Blogger Skay said...

Why did a majority of American Jews vote for Obama? Are they anti-Israel or are they just that easily fooled?

 
At 7:22 PM, OpenID freeus said...

Many Evangelical Christians tried very hard to get the word out "The One" was not what U.S. Jews "had been waiting for". We pointed out all the anti-Jewish associates "The One", his influences growing up, and the church he attended for 20 years. Weird thing is most Amer. Jews do not like us. And we are pro-Israel/pro-Jew! The latest Wright "dem Jews", or is it "dem Zionist" comments may have struck a nerve. We hope! Our best hope to change minds is what he is doing now in destroying the economy, and what is sure to be another attack here. God help both our countries!

 
At 7:38 PM, Blogger Shaun Baker said...

Wow. Is there a comparable poll of non-Jewish Israelis? If their number is equally low, very telling indeed.

 
At 8:06 PM, Blogger Mark E. said...

Is this the lowest any U.S. president has ever had?

 
At 8:14 PM, Blogger El-Visitador said...

«Why did a majority of American Jews vote for Obama? Are they anti-Israel or are they just that easily fooled?»

Well, first of all, what was Obam'as approval rating in Israel in November 2008?

Second, at least some Orthodox outside of Israel have a belief that there should be no State of Israel. They have their reasons and of course they are entitled to this point of view. Their votes would help the US Jew majority vote.

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«their pavlovian reflex to vote for the Democrats has now settled in their DNA»

I can only think of the Bolshevik revolution of 1917. Out of the seven leaders of the original Politburo which seized power on October 25th, four were Jews, one was Georgian, two were ethnic Russians.

Lenin
Stalin
Bubnov
Zinoviev (Ovsei-Gershon Aronovich Radomyslsky)
Kamenev (Rosenfeld)
Sokólnikov (Brilliant)
Trotsky (Bronstein)

Needless to say, all four jews were later murdered or executed on the orders of Stalin.

 
At 8:48 AM, Blogger GodCountryCorps said...

American Jews consistently vote 70%
to 80% for the Democrat in the presidential elections.
Many of them are Jews in name only.
Whether they be secular, lapsed or faithful Jews they are voting in an American election.
Their political religion (Leftism) dictates they vote for Carter,
Clinton, Obama; none of whom are
friends of Israel.
Andre(Canada) is quite correct.
I am Roman Catholic and I stand
with Israel.
There are tens of millions of Americans like me and we will not stand idly by while Obama insists that you commit National suicide.
Mike De Nomie
Milwaukee,Wis.

 
At 8:49 AM, Blogger GodCountryCorps said...

American Jews consistently vote 70%
to 80% for the Democrat in the presidential elections.
Many of them are Jews in name only.
Whether they be secular, lapsed or faithful Jews they are voting in an American election.
Their political religion (Leftism) dictates they vote for Carter,
Clinton, Obama; none of whom are
friends of Israel.
Andre(Canada) is quite correct.
I am Roman Catholic and I stand
with Israel.
There are tens of millions of Americans like me and we will not stand idly by while Obama insists that you commit National suicide.
Mike De Nomie
Milwaukee,Wis.

 
At 7:32 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

That's a pretty impressive drop. I wonder... was it the demand that they stop their settlements? That they give in to Palestinian demands? That peace was worth sacrificing everything they ever believed in? Or Netanyahu's speech?

Personally, I thought the speech was one of the best I've seen. In contrast to the fluffy politically-correct stuff we're used to seeing in the US (I'm not restricting that to any one president, it's been that way practically since Abraham Lincoln and probably before). It felt like it carried significance, because it comes after he's proved what he believes in.

However, Newsy ran a quote from Haaretz that was opposed to the speech, so I feel like I must be missing something. The link's at http://www.newsy.com/videos/newsy_in_depth_israel_and_the_u_s. I'd appreciate anyone pointing out what it is exactly I'm missing.

 
At 5:39 AM, Blogger Admin said...

May God protect Israel. The citizens of the United States are with you even if our President is not.

 

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