Poll: 63 Percent Want President Obama To Back Israel


The following is a Politico article:

An overwhelming majority of voters believe the president should be a strong supporter of Israel, but are evenly split over whether President Barack Obama fits that bill, according to a new poll.

Nearly two thirds — 63 percent — told Quinnipiac University pollsters that the president should be a strong supporter of Israel. But those surveyed were divided on how Obama has dealt with Israel, with 39 percent saying he is a strong supporter of the country and 40 percent disagreeing.

Just 20 percent of those polled said the president should not be a strong supporter of Israel.

Voters also disapprove, 48 percent to 34 percent, of the way Obama is handling the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the poll showed. Voters’ sympathies lie more with the Israelis than the Palestinians, 51 to 15 percent, although 44 percent say they support the establishment of a Palestinian state. A little over one-third, or 35 percent, told pollsters they oppose a Palestinian state.

Most say both Israelis and Palestinians are to blame for the failure to achieve a peace settlement in the Middle East, with 64 saying the responsibility falls on the two equally. Just six percent say they blame Israelis more, while 22 percent said it is the Palestinians who are most at fault.

In September, a Gallup poll found that Obama’s support among Jews had slipped, with four out of 10 Jewish Americans telling pollsters they disapproved of Obama.

The Quinnipiac University Poll surveyed 2,118 voters from Sept. 27-Oct. 3. The margin of error is plus or minus 2.1 percentage points.

(Source: Politico)