Poll finds Netanyahu less popular among Americans after Congress Iran speech

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March 11, 2015 16:43

Changes to Americans' views of Netanyahu were mostly felt among Democrats.

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Netanyahu speaks to Congress. (photo credit: screenshot)

While the impact of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress on the Israeli electorate will not be fully apparent until after Tuesday’s vote, a Gallup Poll released on Monday indicated that it has weakened his position among the US public.

Netanyahu’s favorability rating among the American public dropped 7 percentage points – from 45 percent in early February, before the speech, to 38% now, according to the poll. Though his “unfavorable” rating rose from 24% to 29%, more Americans still have a positive, rather than negative, view of the prime minister.

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This is not true of Democrats, however; 46% of them view him unfavorably, and only 17% favorably.

Before the speech, an equal number of Democrats – 32% – held each view.

Gallup explained the steep drop among Democrats as a result of their “likely taking their cues about the appropriateness of Netanyahu’s address and his message on Iran from President [Barack] Obama, who disagreed both with Netanyahu’s addressing Congress and his arguments against a nuclear agreement with Iran.”

Among Republicans, in contrast, 62% now have a positive view of the prime minister, as opposed to 60% last month, and only 16% view him unfavorably.

Although Netanyahu’s favorability rating is significantly lower than the one he had before the speech, it is still his third-highest rating out of seven similar polls Gallup has taken on this issue since 1998. It is also 3 percentage points higher than it was in 2012.

In this latest poll, conducted March 5-8 among 1,025 adults, another 33% said they did not have an opinion of Netanyahu.

The poll had a ±4% margin of error.





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