PM shakes hands with US congresspeople 311 (R).
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A new poll conducted by American news network CNN has reported that 67
percent of the American public feel sympathy for Israelis and not
Palestinians, compared with 16% who claim to side with the Palestinians
rather than Israel.
The poll was conducted by telephone from May
24-26. 1,007 adult Americans were asked their opinions on several different
countries, including Israel.
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The results show that pro-Israel feelings are on the rise in the United States. In a similar survey conducted in 2009, only 60 percent of the
population sample expressed pro-Israel feelings, while 17%, one
percentage point higher than 2011's poll, claimed to sympathize with the
In addition to the high numbers expressing sympathy with Israeli, 82% of
the audience said they felt Israel was either a friend or ally of the
United States. Twelve percent said they did not regard Israel as a friend, and 5%
classified the country as an US enemy. Only Great Britain received
higher marks of friendship, with 98% of the polling audience calling
that nation either a friend or ally. Conversely, 62% called China either
a friend or ally, and only 26% expressed the same sentiment about
Syria. 49% of those polled said they felt that North Korea was an enemy
of the United States, the same "enemy" rating received by Iran, compared with 24% who said the same about Pakistan.
The survey participants were also quizzed as to their opinions on
current events. 54% reported supporting the joint US/NATO mission in
Libya, compared with 43% who opposed and 3% who had no opinion. 31% said
that the removal of Muammar Gaddafi from power should be a "very
important foreign policy goal" of the United States.
The poll, conducted for CNN by the Opinion Research Corporation, had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.