Ahead of the annual State of the Union, President Obama is getting low marks on his handling of the relationship with one of America’s most trusted allies. Only 31 percent of Americans believe Obama is a close and reliable friend of Israel and a majority of 51% believe Obama has not done all he can to prevent Iran developing nuclear weapons, according to a poll conducted by the Mclaughlin Group for the Zionist Organization of America released Tuesday.
According to the poll, only 28% of Americans believe that President Obama has taken the necessary steps to stop Iran;s advance of nuclear weapons. A large majority of 59% of Americans believe that the U.S. should impose stronger sanctions on Iran to convince it to stop developing nuclear weapons, as opposed to 17% who believe the U.S. should ease the sanctions regime on Iran to convince it to stop developing nuclear weapons.
Only 31% of Americans believe that President Barack Obama is a close and reliable friend of Israel, as opposed to 38% who believe that he is not.
Among other results, 47% of Americans believe that Israeli Jews should have the right to live in the West Bank in part for Israel to self-defend its borders, whereas only 14% of Americans believe only Palestinian Arabs should have the right to live there. A majority of 55% of Americans believe that Jerusalem should remain the undivided capital of Israel, and 63% of Americans believe that the Palestinians should recognize Israel as the sovereign state of the Jewish people.
“The results of this latest, very detailed and highly representative survey of American opinion show gratifyingly high, indeed, overwhelming levels of support for positions Israel takes, as opposed to the position the Obama Administration takes, said ZOA National President Morton A. Klein. “President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry should heed these results. 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.”
(Jacob Kornbluh – YWN)
The poll surveyed a large, nationwide cross-section of 1000 Americans, consisting of Protestants (46%), Catholics (30%), Jews (3.6%), African Americans (13%), Hispanics (12%), Asians (3%) and Whites (70%). Politically, the respondents were 42% Democratic supporters and 41% Republican supporters.