Peres meets with Obama after both addressed AIPAC 390.
(photo credit: Moshe Milner GPO)
Americans continue to view Israelis far more favorably than Palestinians,
according to a poll released this weekend ahead of Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu’s meeting on Monday with US President Barack Obama.
percent of Americans said they had positive views of Israel, compared with just
19% who said the same of the Palestinians, according to a Gallup poll conducted
over the first week of February.
Republicans were more likely to be well
disposed toward Israel than independents or Democrats, with favorability ratings
at 80, 71 and 65%, respectively.
Asked with which side they sympathize in
the Israeli- Palestinian conflict, 61% of Americans said Israel, while 19% said
the Palestinians and the same figure said neither or had no opinion. Among
Republicans, 78% said they side more with Israel, as did 56% of Democrats and
53% of independents.
In a separate Gallup poll, Americans were asked to
rank a list of 20 countries according to favorability. Canada came first at 96%,
followed by Australia and Great Britain. Israel appeared seventh, the
Palestinians 15th and Iran at the very bottom with just 10%
“The United States has long been an ally of Israel, and
Americans continue to show decidedly positive views toward that nation,” the
pollsters concluded. “As nations throughout the Middle East undergo tumultuous
change, perhaps making the region more politically unstable, Americans still
appear to see Israel as important, with large majorities viewing it favorably
and many more giving their sympathies to the Israelis than to the Palestinians.”