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April 27, 2015 2:51 pm

Poll: Large Majority of US Voters Think Obama Should be Stronger Supporter of Israel

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Obama reportedly said recently that he will not meet with Netanyahu until after the deadline for a final nuclear deal. Photo: Pete Souza/White House.

Americans believe by an overwhelming majority that U.S. President Barack Obama should be a better friend to Israel, a poll of voters by Quinnipiac University revealed on Monday.

When asked, “Do you think the President of the United States should be a stronger supporter of Israel or not,” 67% said yes. Twenty percent replied no, and 13% said they were undecided.

But, only 38% of respondents said they felt Obama actually was a strong supporter of Israel. Forty-eight percent said he was not, while 15% said they did not know.

The divide was clear along party lines, as 83% of Republicans said they felt Obama was not a strong supporter of the Jewish state, while 65% of Democrats said they felt he was.

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Voters aged 55 and up were also less likely to believe Obama was a strong Israel supporter, with 56% saying no.

The poll also showed that most people disapproved of Obama’s handling of the Israeli-Palestinian “situation.”

Near the start of Obama’s second term, Secretary of State John Kerry launched a nine-month push in peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, which were ultimately followed by a 50-day war between Israel and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip last summer.

Only 31% of voters approved of Obama’s handling of the situation, while 55% disapproved. Among nine categories of voters, only Democrats (59%) approved by a majority the way the Obama administration has dealt with the conflict.

And on Iran, the numbers were quite similar, with 52% of voters disapproving of the way Obama has handled negotiations with Iran over its nuclear ambitions.

But despite disapproval of Obama’s handling of Iran, 58% said they supported the recent framework agreement that was announced by the negotiators in Switzerland, in which sanctions would be lifted in exchange for Iran restricting its nuclear program. More than a third of Republican voters even supported a deal in that language.

This perhaps reflects the 77% of voters that supported a negotiated settlement to the Iranian issue over military intervention (13%).

The most recent Gallup poll put Obama’s overall approval rating at 48%.

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  • esther noodelman

    67% OF AMERICANS SAID THAT OBAMA WAS NOT A GOOD SUPPORTER OF ISRAEL.MAYBE IF HE RELEASED OUR SICK BROTHER POLLARD STILL IN PRISON 30 YEARS LATER BECAUSE US WITHHELD VITAL INFO TO A VERY GOOD ALLY,ISRAEL.JONATHAN IS FIGHTING FOR HIS LIFE.THIS DOESN’T EXACTLY HELP U.S. IMAGE. RELEASE HIM IN ORDER FOR JONATHAN TO LIVE & FOR AMERICA TO REDEEM HER GOOD NAME !

  • Robert Weintraub

    More confirmation that Republicans are much more supportive of Israel than are Democrats.

  • “I no longer believe that the Israelis should give back Jerusalem…

    Experience has taught us that the Islamic mentality views ANY concession as weakness to be exploited further. And besides, too many so-called Palestinians seem less concerned with peace and freedom, than with driving Jews into the sea, so the bombings would not stop.”

    “The truth is that Jews have contributed more to humanity than any other group of people; way more than Muslims, vastly more than Muslims…”

    SOURCE: Why do Muslims always blame the Jews? by Pat Condell
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziXyfLf-oxI

    MICROBIOGRAPHY:
    Pat Condell is an atheist who was born in Ireland around 1950 CE and raised in England as a Roman Catholic and educated in Church of England schools.

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