A public opinion poll conducted in the battleground states of Florida and Ohio reveals widespread belief that U.S. President Barack Obama’s foreign policy strategy, particularly regarding Iran, may fail.
Commissioned by Secure America Now, which describes itself as non-partisan, the foreign policy poll was taken after the start of the recent wave of anti-U.S. protests in the Middle East.
More than 65 percent of voters in Florida and a similar percentage of Ohio voters said Obama’s policy would not convince the Iranians to halt their nuclear program. More than three-quarters of Florida voters and 70 percent of Ohio voters said a nuclear Iran would arm terrorists who would use the nuclear weapons to attack the U.S. A full 61.2 percent of Florida voters and 58.8 percent of Ohio voters said they approved of an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Nearly 48 percent of respondents in Florida and 45.9 percent of Ohio voters expressed favorable opinions of Netanyahu. Just over 50 percent of Florida voters and 56.6 percent of Ohio voters said the language calling Jerusalem Israel’s capital had been intentionally omitted by the Obama administration before being put back in the Democratic party platform.
The American Jewish Committee, meanwhile, released a different poll showing that Florida Jewish voters place Obama ahead of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney by 69 percent to 25 percent. Five percent of respondents were undecided, but none of them indicated a leaning toward Romney, the National Jewish Democratic Council noted in a statement on the poll. A recent Gallup poll also found that Obama is leading Romney 70 percent to 25 percent among Jewish voters nationwide.