Poll: Netanyahu most-admired world leader among U.S. evangelical Christians

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Credit: Cherie Cullen.

(JNS.org) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considered the most-admired world leader among American evangelical Christians, with 16 percent mentioning him more than any other leader, according to a new poll by the Brookings Institution.

Among respondents of all religious backgrounds, Netanyahu was the third-most-popular world leader in the survey, behind President Barack Obama and former president Ronald Reagan. 

Of the 1,738 people surveyed, 47 percent said the Israeli government has too much influence in American politics and 44 percent said the influence was just right. 

In terms of how they vote in American elections, the majority of evangelicals said a candidate’s position on Israel is significant to them.

Posted on December 7, 2015 .