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Israeli Public Opinion Polls: Attitudes About the United States of America

(Updated April 2017)

In  your opinion, will  President  Trump  continue  or  not  continue  the  policy of his predecessor, Obama, in favor of a two-states-for-two-peoples solution?
 (Peace Index, March 2017)

 

Israeli Jews

Israeli Arabs

General Public

I'm sure he will continue

5.3%

6.4%

5.5%

I think he will continue

37.3%

15.5%

33.7%

I think he will not continue

33.4%

14.9%

30.3%

I'm sure he will not continue

7.9%

43.3%

13.8%

No answer/don't know

16.0%

19.9%

16.7%

In your opinion, to what extent is solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict currently a central issue on President Trump’s agenda?
 (Peace Index, February 2017)

 

Israeli Jews

Israeli Arabs

General Public

Not central at all

23.8%

52.9%

28.6%

Not so central

54.8%

16.4%

48.4%

Moderately central

16.8%

10.2%

15.7%

Very central

1.3%

12.9%

3.3%

No answer/don't know

3.3%

7.5%

4.0%

 

In your opinion, what will be the attitude toward Israel of the incoming president, Donald Trump?
 (Peace Index, December 2016)

 

Israeli Jews

Israeli Arabs

General Public

Very friendly

25.3%

54.3%

30.1%

Moderately friendly

43.4%

18.6%

39.3%

Neutral

12.2%

5.8%

11.1%

Moderately unfriendly

1.5%

3.7%

1.9%

Not friendly at all

1.1%

3.2%

1.5%

No answer/don't know

16.5%

14.3%

16.1%


In general, how do you view the behavior toward Israel of outgoing U.S. president Barack Obama during his tenure?
 (Peace Index, December 2016)
 

Israeli Jews

Israeli Arabs

General Public

Very friendly

5.5%

39%

11%

Moderately friendly

16.7%

25.3%

18.1%

Neutral

17.3%

13.2%

16.6%

Moderately unfriendly

29.4%

9.1%

26%

Not friendly at all

27.5%

1.8%

23.3%

No answer/don't know

3.6%

11.6%

4.9%


In the Israeli-Palestinian sphere, is U.S. president-elect Trump, in your opinion...?
 (Peace Index, November 2016)
 

Israeli Jews

Israeli Arabs

General Public

More in favor of Israel

48.5%

59.7%

50.3%

More in favor of the Palestinians

1.3%

1.1%

1.3%

Neutral

21.6%

13.8%

20.3%

Not in favor of either

6.8%

3.6%

6.3%

No answer/don't know

21.8%

21.8%

21.8%


And what, in your opinion, will the new U.S. administration do regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the next two or three years?
 (Peace Index, November 2016)
 

Israeli Jews

Israeli Arabs

General Public

Not intervene in the conflict

21.6%

32.1%

23.3%

Try to persuade both sides to compromise

47.2%

42.2%

46.4%

Pressure both sides to reach an agreement

17.2%

22.4%

18.1%

No answer/don't know

14.1%

3.3%

12.3%


Some fear that Trump’s election will lead to a rise in antisemitism in the U.S. In your opinion, is this fear justified?
 (Peace Index, November 2016)
 

Israeli Jews

Israeli Arabs

General Public

Very justified

4.6%

11.9%

5.8%

Moderately justified

26.3%

19.8%

25.2%

Not so justified

35.6%

7.8%

30.9%

Not justified at all

19.1%

49.7%

24.2%

No answer/don't know

14.4%

10.7%

13.8%


Ron Dermer, Israeli ambassador to the U.S., recently said that “Israel has no doubt that President-elect Trump is a true friend of Israel…. We look forward to working… with all of the members of the Trump administration… and making the U.S.-Israel alliance stronger than ever.” In your opinion, is good cooperation likely between the Israeli government and the Trump administration?
 (Peace Index, November 2016)
 

Israeli Jews

Israeli Arabs

General Public

I'm sure it is

25.5%

60.5%

31.3%

I think it is

55.0%

19.2%

49.0%

I think it's not

7.1%

9.2%

7.4%

I'm sure it's not

0.9%

5.5%

1.6%

No answer/don't know

11.6%

5.7%

10.6%

Who, in your opinion, will be elected U.S. president - Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump?
(Peace Index, October 2016)

 

Israeli Jews 

Israeli Arabs 

General Public 

Trump

25%

21%

24.3%

Clinton

55.4%

56.6%

55.6%

Don't know/refuse

19.5%

22.4%

20%

And which candidate's election is preferable from Israel's standpoint?
(Peace Index, October 2016)

 

Israeli Jews 

Israeli Arabs 

General Public 

Trump

26.5%

10.7%

23.9%

Clinton

41.9%

41.3%

41.8%

Both the same

9.7%

27.5%

12.7%

Neither

4.9%

3.2%

4.6%

Don't know/refuse

16.9%

17.3%

17%

Who do you want to win the U.S. presidential elections in November: Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton?
(Peace Index, September 2016)

 

Israeli Jews 

Israeli Arabs 

General Public 

Trump

34.2%

11.2%

30.4%

Clinton

43.1%

58%

45.6%

Don't know/refuse

22.7%

30.8%

24.1%

Which of the two candidates, Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, if elected, will be better from the standpoint of the Israeli government’s policy?
(Peace Index, September 2016)

 

Israeli Jews 

Israeli Arabs 

General Public 

Trump

38.5%

13.6%

34.3%

Clinton

33.4%

39.8%

34.5%

Both

6.7%

31%

10.8%

Neither

5.2%

--

4.4%

Don't know/refuse

16.2%

15.6%

16.1%

At the moment it appears that the two leading candidates to be U.S. president are Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party and Donald Trump for the Republican Party. Which of the two, in your opinion, will be a better president from the standpoint of Israel's interests?
(Peace Index, April 2016)

 

Israeli Jews 

Israeli Arabs 

General Public 

Trump

31.2%

14.1%

28.4%

Clinton

40.3%

26.8%

38%

Both

4.8%

29%

8.9%

Neither

6.1%

2.8%

5.6%

Don't know/refuse

17.5%

27.3%

19.2%

At the moment it appears that the two leading candidates to be U.S. president are Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party and Donald Trump for the Republican Party. Which of the two, in your opinion, will be a better president from the standpoint of U.S. interests?
(Peace Index, March 2016)

 

Israeli Jews 

Israeli Arabs 

General Public 

Clinton

42.7%

13.6%

37.8%

Trump

24.3%

12%

22.2%

Both

4.7%

45.7%

11.6%

Neither

5.3%

6%

5.4%

Don't know/refuse

23%

22.8%

23%

The U.S. presidential elections are nearing their climax. In your opinion, which of the two Democratic candidates for president is preferable from Israel’s standpoint - Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders? (In Arabic: which of the two Democratic candidates for president is more pro Israel?)
(Peace Index, February 2016)

 

Israeli Jews 

Israeli Arabs 

General Public 

Clinton

40.5%

30.9%

38.9%

Sanders

16.5%

1.7%

14%

Both

6.2%

35.4%

11.1%

Neither

10.1%

19.5%

11.7%

Don't know/refuse

26.7%

12.5%

24.3%

From which party, in your opinion, will a President be better for Israel: from the Democratic Party or from the Republican Party? (In Arabic: And from which party, in your opinion, will a president be more pro Israel?)
(Peace Index, February 2016)

 

Israeli Jews 

Israeli Arabs 

General Public 

Democrat

27.9%

37.1%

29.4%

Republican

33.6%

23.2%

31.8%

No difference

12.7%

29.6%

15.5%

Don't know/refuse

25.8%

10.1%

23.2%

If you had the opportunity to become a citizen of the United States or any other Western country, would you prefer to move there or to remain in Israel?
(Israel Democracy Index, November 2015)

 

Israeli Jews 

Israeli Arabs 

General Public 

I would move there

11.1%

15.0%

11.7%

I would stay in Israel

84.5%

83.4%

84.3%

Don't know/refuse

4.4%

1.6%

4.0%

Given the worsening of relations between the Netanyahu-led Israeli government and the Obama-led American administration and the growing Western criticism of Israeli policy on the Palestinian issue, what in your opinion are the chances that the United States and the West will in the near future impose a political settlement on Israel based on the two-states-for-two- peoples solution?
(Peace Index, March 2015)

 

Israeli Jews 

Israeli Arabs 

General Public 

Very Low Chances

14.5%

13.3%

14.3%

Moderately Low Chances

26.2%

15.5%

24.4%

Moderately High Chances

39.2%

29.2%

37.6%

Very High Chances

14.2%

1.4%

12.1%

Don't know/decline to answer

5.9%

40.7%

11.7%

On a scale of 1-5, with 1 meaning very poor and 5 meaning very good, what grade would you give the relations at the present time between Israel and the United States?
(Peace Index, March 2015)

 

Israeli Jews 

Israeli Arabs 

General Public 

1- very poor

21.7%

6.6%

19.2%

2

20.3%

11%

18.8%

3

36.8%

8.3%

32.1%

4

9.7%

9.5%

9.7%

5- very good

7.5%

50.5%

14.6%

Don't know

3.9%

14%

5.6%

In your opinion, to what extent should Israel take into account the United States' position when it makes decisions on political-security issues?
(The Peace Index, December 2014)

 

Israeli Jews 

Israeli Arabs 

General Public 

Not at all

18.7%

30.7%

20.7%

Quite little

31.8%

28.6%

31.3%

Quite a lot

30.4%

15.8%

28.0%

A great deal

15.5%

12.8%

15.0%

Don't know/decline to answer

3.6%

12.1%

5.0%

Did the United States harm Israeli interests by signing the nuclear deal with Iran?
              (New Wave Research, November 2013)

Harmed Interests

57.8%

Did Not Harm

20.6%

Don't Know

21.6%

Would you describe your opinion of the United States as favorable or unfavorable?

 

Pew (May 2011)

Pew (May 2013)

Total

Israeli Arabs

Israeli Jews

Total

Israeli Arabs

Israeli Jews

Favorable

72%

36%

77%

83%

42%

90%

Unfavorable

28%

58%

23%

16%

55%

9%

Don't know

1%

5%

0%

1%

3%

1%

The United States' role in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict should be ...

 

(Truman Institute/PCPSR)

Pew

December 2008

August 2009

May 2013

Larger/More Active

49%

34%

49%

Smaller/Less Active

31%

34%

15%

About the Same

18%

14%

29%

If Mitt Romney is the Republican candidate for President, whom would you like to see elected as the next president?
               Brookings (February 2012)

 

All Israelis

Israeli Jews only

Barack Obama

29%

32%

Mitt Romney

29%

29%

Neither

6%

5%

No Preference

7%

5%

If Rick Santorum is the Republican candidate for President, whom would you like to see elected as the next president?
               Brookings (February 2012)

 

All Israelis

Israeli Jews

Barack Obama

33%

34%

Mitt Romney

18%

21%

Neither

7%

5%

No Preference

7%

5%

If Newt Gingrich is the Republican candidate for President, whom would you like to see elected as the next president?
               Brookings (February 2012)

 

All Israelis

Israeli Jews

Barack Obama

32%

31%

Mitt Romney

25%

27%

Neither

6%

6%

No Preference

%

5%

If Ron Paul is the Republican candidate for President, whom would you like to see elected as the next president?
               Brookings (February 2012)

 

All Israelis

Israeli Jews

Barack Obama

32%

34%

Mitt Romney

21%

24%

Neither

6%

5%

No Preference

8%

6%

Do you believe your country's government cooperates too much, not enough or about the right amount with the United States? (Pew, May 2011)

 

Total

Israeli Arabs

Israeli Jews

Too much

31%

40%

30%

Not enough

23%

25%

22%

About right

41%

23%

44%

Don't know

5%

12%

4%

In your opinion, will the United States recognize or not recognize an independent Palestinian state if there is a vote on this matter at the UN, even if at that time there is no agreement between Israel and the Palestinians and the Israeli government is opposed to the move? (Peace Index, May 2011)

 

General Public

Israeli Jews

Israeli Arabs

I think the U.S. will recognize it

32.9%

32.6%

34.5%

I think the U.S. will not recognize it

57.6%

57.2%

59.9%

Don't know/Refused to answer

9.4%

10.1%

5.5%

How would you describe the position of American President Barack Obama toward Israel and the Palestinians in light of his speeches during the past week? (Peace Index, May 2011)

 

General Public

Israeli Jews

Israeli Arabs

More pro-Israel

22.7%

14.2%

71.1%

More pro-Palestinian

27.7%

31.0%

8.9%

Balanced

40.5%

44.6%

16.7%

Don't know/Refused to answer

9.1%

10.1%

3.3%

If the US does play a more active role, do you expect this involvement will be a success or a failure? (Truman Institute/PCPSR)

 

December 2008

August 2009

Will be successful

49%

42%

Will be a failure

22%

30%

Will have no impact

23%

18%

Do you think Israel or the Palestinians would benefit more if the US intervened strongly in the peace process? (Truman Institute/PCPSR)

 

December 2008

August 2009

Israel would benefit more

14%

12%

Palestinians would benefit more

25%

33%

Both sides would benefit

39%

35%

Do you think that the US will decrease its military, economic or political support for Israel if Israel continues to be reluctant about US policy in the region? (Truman Institute/PCPSR)

 

December 2008

August 2009

Will decrease support

19%

36%

Will increase support

15%

7%

Support will not change

59%

51%

Do you agree of disagree with the statement that the US is a loyal ally of Israel? (Ma'agar Mochot)

 

May 1-4, 2007

April 23-26, 2009

Agree

65%

68%

Disagree

11%

10%

As an Israeli, is your attitude towards the US positive or negative? (Ma'gar Mochot)

 

May 1-4, 2007

April 23-26, 2009

Positive

64%

72%

Negative

8%

3%

Do you believe that if Israel reaches a point of serious crisis where its very existence is threatened — a "moment of truth" — the US will come to Israel's assistance? (Ma'gar Mochot)

 

May 1-4, 2007

April 23-26, 2009

Yes, it would help

80%

76%

What is the the main reason why the US will continue to maintain close ties with Israel in the future? (Ma'gar Mochot)

 

May 1-4, 2007

April 23-26, 2009

Israel's vital role as a strategic partner of the US

48%

49%

The political role of American Jewry

30%

26%

Democratic tradition and shared values

17%

15%

Do you believe that close relations between the US and Israel are vital to the State of Israel's national security? (Ma'gar Mochot)

 

May 1-4, 2007

April 23-26, 2009

Yes, they are vital

91%

91%

Will the Obama administration and Netanyahu's government be able to maintain the friendly ties between the US and Israel or will US-Israel relations deteriorate and become fraught with tensions during their incumbencies? (Ma'gar Mochot, April 23-26, 2009)

Friendly relations will be maintained

48%

Relations will deteriorate and become fraught with tensions

26%

Are US and Israeli interests in the Middle East similar, complementary or different? (Ma'gar Mochot)

 

May 1-4, 2007

April 23-26, 2009

Similar

60%

39%

Complementary

-

32%

Different

36%

23%

Obama has declared his intention of bringing about reconciliation with the Muslim and Arab worlds in order to improve the US's position and image therein. Do you believe or not that such reconciliation will be at the expense of Israel's interests? (Ma'gar Mochot, April 23-26, 2009)

It will not come at Israel's expense

16%

It will come at Israel's expense

63%

Which of the following is closest to your view ? (Ma'gar Mochot, April 23-26, 2009)

The US should enter into direct talks with Iran and no preconditions

32%

The US should not negotiate with Iran

51%

Which of the following is closest to your view? (Ma'gar Mochot, April 23-26, 2009)

The US should enter into direct talks with Iran and no preconditions

32%

The US should not negotiate with Iran

51%

Which of the following is closest to your view ? (Ma'gar Mochot, April 23-26, 2009)

The US should enter into direct talks with Iran and no preconditions

32%

The US should not negotiate with Iran

51%

Suppose all diplomatic and economic efforts fail to convince Iran to shut down its uranium enrichment plant. If that happens, would you support or oppose Israeli military action aimed at destroying the Iranian nuclear facilities? (Ma'agar Mochot, April 23-26, 2009)

Support

75%

Oppose

15%

Would you still support Israel taking military action if the Obama administration opposed Israel taking action? (Asked only to supporters of Israeli military action against Iran) (Ma'agar Mochot, April 23-26, 2009)

Support

75%

Oppose

15%

Is the current level of support by American Jews for the Israeli government's policy too little, too much or about right? (Ma'agar Mochot, April 23-26, 2009)

Too much

9%

About right

42%

Too little

28%

Should American Jews feel free to publicly criticize the Israeli government and its policy? (Ma'gar Mochot)

 

May 1-4, 2007

April 23-26, 2009

Yes

62%

35%

Do American Jews continue to be close to Israel or are they drifting away from it? (Ma'agar Mochot, April 23-26, 2009)

The continue to be close

45%

The are drifting away

29%

Do you believe that President Bush's attitude towards Israel is friendly? (Ma'gar Mochot, May 1-4, 2007)

Yes

73%

Do you think that in the near future the US might impose a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? (Ma'gar Mochot, May 1-4, 2007)

Yes

51%

No

43%

Do you believe that if the international diplomatic effort and economic sanctions fail to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, the US "should use force" to destroy the Iranian nuclear facilities? (Ma'gar Mochot, May 1-4, 2007)

Yes

71%

Do you agree of disagree with the statement that in retrospect the US was correct in going to war in Iraq? (Ma'gar Mochot, May 1-4, 2007)

Agree

59%

Disagree

36%

Do you believe that the level of American Jewish support for Israel is sufficient? (Ma'gar Mochot, May 1-4, 2007)

Sufficient

52%

Insufficient

33%

Do you believe that US Jews are assimilating rapidly and are in danger of disappearing? (Ma'gar Mochot, May 1-4, 2007)

Yes

49%

Do you believe that every American Jew should visit Israel? (Ma'gar Mochot, May 1-4, 2007)

Yes

69%

Do you think it is possible that American Jews might vote for a presidential or congressional candidate who is anti-Israel? (Ma'gar Mochot, May 1-4, 2007)

Yes

57%

No

38%

Do you believe that there is anti-Semitism in the US? (Ma'gar Mochot, May 1-4, 2007)

Yes, but it is not significant

54%

Yes, it is a significant problem

36%