While there is a widespread perception in Israel that the entire world has ganged up against it because of the raid last week on the Mavi Marmara
, in which nine people were killed after attacking IDF commandos, a US poll released Tuesday showed that 49 percent of US voters believe those on the ship were to blame for the deaths.
According to a Rasmussen Reports survey released Monday and circulated Tuesday to reporters by the Prime Minister’s Office, 49% of respondents said that “pro-Palestinian activists” were “primarily to blame for the deadly outcome of the raid on the aidcarrying ships.” Only 19% blamed Israel, and another 32% said they were not sure.
Regarding whether Israel should allow an international investigation of the incident, however, 51% of the respondents answered in the affirmative, with 25% saying “no,” and the rest unsure.
Asked whether the US was “too supportive or not supportive enough of
Israel,” 33% said the US was not supportive enough, 32% said “about
right,” and 24% said Washington was “too supportive.” Nearly half of the
respondents, some 49%, said that most countries of the world were “too
critical” of Israel, with 21% saying the world was not critical enough,
and another 30% replying “neither” or “unsure.”
There was a wide discrepancy here, however, between Democrats and
Republicans, with 65% of the Republicans believing the world was too
critical of Israel – a view shared by only 37% of Democrats.
The telephone survey of 1,000 likely US voters was conducted on June
3-4, with a +/- 3 percentage-point margin of sampling error.