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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Rasmussen poll on US attitudes toward Israel

Rasmussen has a new poll out on US attitudes toward Israel. I suggest that you read it - I'm not going to start quoting a bunch of numbers. But there are two key points in my book.

First, note that all the questions regarding whether Israel should 'stop building settlements' have the caveat "as part of a peace deal." There is no peace deal and there's not likely to be one in your lifetime or mine because the 'Palestinians' and their Arab patrons are still unwilling to accept the Jewish state's 'right to exist.' The American people are smarter than that survey indicates, and if you asked them whether Israel should 'stop building settlements' as a unilateral concession to the 'Palestinians,' I believe that many more Americans would say no.

Second, the most important question is whether Israel is an ally or an enemy of the United States. In this survey, 58% say ally, 2% say enemy and 32% say somewhere in between. In September, 70% said ally, 8% said enemy and 16% said in between. For some reason, Rasmussen's current write-up only mentions the first number and not the latter two. It leaves the question of why 70% has shrunk to 58% hanging.

But the answer to that question is obvious. The survey was taken in the aftermath of Biden's trip to Israel. The average American probably knows very little about what happened, and only heard Biden's pique and Hillary's shrieking. So of course they figure something is wrong.

What's more disturbing is this:
Sixty-nine percent (69%) of GOP voters and 61% of unaffiliateds view Israel as a U.S. ally, a view shared by just 46% of Democrats. Forty-three percent (43%) of Democratic voters see Israel as somewhere between an ally and an enemy.
And 78% of American Jews voted for Obama in the last election. Hagai Ben Artzi may be right in what he said about Obama voters too.


At 10:10 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Democrats are not the Democrats of a generation ago. They viscerally loathe their own country and despise any notion of American "exceptionalism." America is no worse than any despotism and its allies are no better than its enemies. That's the kind of foreign policy "realism" that dominates the Obama Administration's thinking. This not a time to be America's friend.

At 4:01 PM, Blogger Brew said...

Unfortunately NormanF is correct. The Democrats have been completely highjacked by the left. My only hope is that after the Obama disaster the party will be forced back to the center, but I wouldn't bet on it.

At 9:41 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

What most people lose sight of about Obama is that his election was run by a Jew, Axlerod, and his very first appointment was his Chief of Staff, a Jew, Israel. Do you really think that he is going to be hard on Israel? Please, give me a break.
I wish he would hold their feet to the fire a little and stop the billions of dollars per year going their way to make them stop the building in the West Bank. No chance.
When 2% of the population controls 15% of the Senate you know it's hopeless.


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