Polls show high American support for Israel, low Israeli support for Obama

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Just before President Barack Obama arrives for a visit to Israel, new polls show high American support for Israel and low Israeli support for Obama.

A Gallup poll shows that U.S. citizens are overwhelming supportive of the Jewish state. According to the poll, which surveyed 1,000 people, 64 percent of U.S. citizens currently support Israel. Such a high rate of support has not been recorded since the First Gulf War in 1991.

President Barack Obama. Credit: White House.

In contrast, the poll showed a rate of around 12 percent support for a Palestinian state.

Among Republicans, support for Israel was 78 percent, while Democratic support for Israel was 55 percent. Among people who categorize themselves as independents, 63 percent support Israel.

An almost opposite picture appears, however, when Israelis are asked about their views on Obama. A new poll of Israelis conducted by the Maagar Mohot Institute and the Israeli daily Maariv found that 38 percent believe Obama is hostile to Israel and 14 percent believe he is indifferent. Only a third of Israelis think Obama is supportive of Israel, and only 10 percent view him favorably.

Some 32 percent of Israeli responsents said they don’t like Obama but respect him, 19 percent view him unfavorably, and 17 percent have a highly unfavorable opinion of him.

Posted on March 17, 2013 .