Poll: Large chunk of US voters want more pro-Israel Obama

March 5, 2013 04:29

US President Barack Obama's visit to Israel in two weeks will be an opportunity for him to shore up his pro-Israel credentials with a public that does not think he is supportive enough of the Jewish state: a large chunk of American voters.

A poll Monday in The Hill, a Washington DC newspaper, found that 39% of likely US voters do not feel that Obama is supportive enough of Israel, while only 13% believe he is "too supportive." Another 34% said his support was "about right," and 14% said they were not sure.According to the poll, more people (30%) believe that Obama, who is scheduled to make his first visit to Israel as president on March 20, is generally anti-Israel, than those (28%) who believe he is pro-Israel.  Another 29% said neither, and 13% were not sure.

While Obama's trip has been billed as an opportunity to build bridges with the Israeli public -- polls here have shown consistently that more Israelis believe he is pro-Palestinian than pro-Israeli – the trip will also be an opportunity for him to underline to American voters as well his commitment to Israel.

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