Poll shows that Israelis are split on Barack Obama (JERUSALEM POST) By GIL HOFFMAN 04/27/12)
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The same proportion of Israelis believe US President Barack Obamaís
administration leans toward the Palestinians as who think it favors
Israel, according to a Smith Research poll sponsored by The Jerusalem
Post this week.
The poll of 500 respondents representing a statistical sample of the
adult Jewish population was taken on Sunday and Monday and had a 4.5
percentage point margin of error. The full results of the survey,
including key questions regarding a potential military strike on
Iran, will be revealed for the first time at Sundayís Jerusalem Post
Conference in New York.
Asked whether the Obama administration is more pro- Israel, more pro-
Palestinian or neutral, 24% said more pro- Israel, 24% said more pro-
Palestinian, 36% said neutral and 16% did not express an opinion.
Israelisí views on the Obama administration varied significantly
based on where they place themselves on the political map. Those who
consider themselves left-wing were more likely to call the
administration more pro-Israel, while right-wing Israelis were more
likely to perceive it as more pro-Palestinian.
Among left-wing Israelis, 44% said the administration was more pro-
Israel, 8% said more pro-Palestinian and 39% said neutral. Among
rightists, 19% said more pro-Israel, 37% said more pro-Palestinian,
and 31% said neutral.
The numbers among Israelis who consider themselves centrist were more
reflective of the general results of the poll. Twenty three percent
called the Obama administration more pro-Israel, 24% said more pro-
Palestinian and 45% said neutral.
The question was exactly the same as in six other Smith Research
polls conducted for the Post since May 2009. In that first poll, 31%
predicted that the Obama administration would be more pro-Israel and
14% said more pro-Palestinian.
The next poll was taken less than a month later, following the first
White House meeting between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and
Obama and the American presidentís landmark speech to the Muslim
world in Cairo. It found a huge shift, with the proportion calling
the Obama administration more pro-Palestinian rising from 14% to 50%
and the proportion calling it more pro-Israel falling from 31% to
Those calling the Obama presidency more pro-Israel than pro-
Palestinian fell in August 2009 to a low point of 4% and rose to 9%
in March 2010, 10% in July 2010, and 12% in May 2011, the most recent
previous Smith Research poll on the issue.
In September 2011, the same question was asked in a survey sponsored
by this newspaper that was conducted by a different pollster who used
different methods. Keevoon Strategies took the poll immediately after
Obama delivered what was considered a very pro-Israel address to the
United Nations General Assembly and blocked an effort by the
Palestinians to persuade the UN to unilaterally declare a Palestinian
state along the 1949 armistice lines.
That poll found that the percentage of Israelis who considered the
Obama administration more pro-Israel than pro-Palestinian was 54%. (©
1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 04/27/12)
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