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Friday, March 26, 2010

Smith poll: 9% of Israeli Jews think Obama pro-Israel before he snubbed Netanyahu again

A Smith poll taken for the Jerusalem Post on Sunday and Monday - before President Obama abused Prime Minister Netanyahu yet again - showed that only 9% of Israeli Jews believe that Obama is pro-Israel. The poll has a margin of error of 4.5%, which means that it is fairly close to last summer's results that showed 6% and 4% of Israeli Jews believing that Obama is pro-Israel (Hat Tip: Norman F).
Forty-eight percent said that the Obama presidency favored the Palestinian side, 30% said his administration was neutral and 13% chose not to express an opinion for the survey, which has a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points.

The poll of a representative sample of 500 Israelis was conducted on Sunday and Monday after weeks of heightened tensions between Obama and Israel, but before the crisis intensified during Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s visit to the White House.

Respondents who consider themselves right-wing were more likely than the rest of the population to characterize the Obama administration as more pro-Palestinian (72%). Those who define themselves as left-wing were more likely to call the administration in Washington more pro-Israel (16%).

The number of Israelis who see Obama’s policies as pro-Israel has risen from 4% in the last Smith Research poll taken on behalf of the Post in August. In that poll, 51% of Jewish Israelis said Obama’s administration was more pro-Palestinian than pro-Israel, while 35% considered it neutral and 10% declined to express an opinion.
By comparison, 88% of Jewish Israelis felt that the George W. Bush administration was pro-Israel.

Some of you may recall that last Friday I posted a review of Israeli pollsters in which I characterized Smith as 'centrist.'

On the other hand, I found this little blurb from the end of the JPost report disturbing.
Meanwhile, a CNN poll conducted on March 19-21 and released on Tuesday found that 39% of Americans see Israel as an ally, while another 41% consider Israel friendly to the US but not an ally. Twelve percent said they consider Israel unfriendly and 5% said Israel is an enemy.

The CNN survey was conducted through telephone interviews with 1,030 adult Americans. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
39%? That's all?


At 3:50 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Carl.
It's my firm believe that no matter what Netanyahu could or would have said to Obama.
Obama would have reacted the same way towards Israel .Wake up and smell the coffee : the guy is pro Muslim and out to ruin Israel.

At 4:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

and yet, america is selling planes to israel


you are all lost in political posturing...it means nothing

the relationship between israel and the us remains the same

At 4:29 AM, Blogger biorabbi said...

Yes, there is a larger issue here. This has nothing to do with some left-wing, idealized vision of "peace" between the children of Abraham. No, sir. This is well beyond that. It, Obama's vision, is a loud shout out to the Arab world. Obama is purposely distancing himself from Israel to gain what he perceives as currency in the Arab world. And it is even beyond a real politic vision of the world ala James Baker. His true color is showing. He is completely pro-Islamic. The only Jews he has use for are those solidly in the ultra-leftist camp, and I believe he doesn't quite trust those either!

At 4:32 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Those numbers are going to go down. Obama is just not trusted by Israeli Jews and that's going to make his Administration's efforts to try extract new concessions from Israel an uphill task.

Good luck with it.

At 5:37 AM, Blogger ZH#2 said...

I would hope the poll of Americans is overly sampled leftist, we stand with Israel and always will.

Sometimes I feel like I am living a dream.....only to wake up and see Obama is President.

I wanna wakeup from this nightmare...


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