ZOA poll: Less than a third of Americans believe Obama ‘close and reliable friend of Israel’

(JNS.org) In a survey of 1,000 Americans conducted by McLaughlin Associates and commissioned by the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA), less than a third of respondents—31 percent—agreed with the statement that President Barack Obama is a “close and reliable friend of Israel,” compared with 38 percent who disagreed.

A majority of respondents, 51 percent, said they do not believe Obama “has done all he can to prevent Iran developing nuclear weapons,” and 59 percent said the U.S. should impose stronger sanctions on Iran, contrary to the Obama administration’s position on that issue.

Regarding the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations, 63 percent of respondents said the Palestinian Authority should “publicly recognize that Israel is the sovereign state of the Jewish people.” Fifty-five percent said Jerusalem “should remain the undivided capital of Israel” (13 percent said it should not), and 58 percent said a future Palestinian state would be “hostile to Israel and support terrorism.” Only 17 percent said a Palestinian state would live in peace with Israel.

Forty-seven percent of respondents said Israeli Jews should have the right to live in West Bank settlements, compared with 14 percent who said only Palestinian Arabs should have the right to live there.

“President Obama and Secretary of State [John] Kerry should heed these [poll] results,” said ZOA National President Morton A. Klein. “They should understand that the American people expect our government to support Israel; stop promoting a Palestinian state; stop condemning Jewish communities in Judea/Samaria and eastern Jerusalem as ‘illegitimate’; support Jerusalem as Israel’s undivided capital; stop funding the PA and impose stronger sanctions on Iran to persuade it to terminate its nuclear weapons program.”

Posted on January 29, 2014 .