International Opinion Toward Israel


Rate your feelings towards Israel, with 100 meaning very warm, favorable feeling, 0 meaning a very cold, unfavorable feeling, and 50 meaning not particularly warm or cold. (Transatlantic Trends, June 2008)

  2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
USA 55 60 60 60 61 61 62
France 43 43 42 42 41 41 41
Germany 32 43 41 45 47 42 47
United Kingdom 43 46 45 47 44 42 45
Italy 42 43 42 45 46 44 47
The Netherlands 48 48 44 50 49 45 47
Poland 29 33 31 35 38 36 38
Portugal   40 35 39 38 37 40
Spain     34 38 36 35 39
Slovakia     34 38 36 35 39
Turkey     13 14 12 5 8
Bulgaria         38 30 36
Romania         51 43 41

How do you view Israel's influence in the world? (BBC World Service Poll, November 2006 - January, 2007)

Mainly Negative (%)
Mainly Positive (%)
United States
33
41
Canada
56
27
Mexico
31
25
Chile
57
17
Argentina
41
12
Brazil
72
9
Russia
40
19
Italy
58
18
Great Britain
65
17
France
66
17
Portugal
60
12
Greece
68
11
Germany
77
10
Poland
49
7
Hungary
45
6
UAE
73
7
Lebanon
85
6
Egypt
78
5
Turkey
76
2
Nigeria
31
45
Kenya
37
38
India
22
24
Philippines
40
22
South Korea
62
22
Australia
68
16
Indonesia
71
15
China
57
15

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? - Suicide bombings, which kill innocent civilians, can be a legitimate form of political action. (Angus Reid Strategies / Maclean’s, September 22-October 6, 2006)

  Agree Disagree
World
18%
82%
Lebanon
31%
69%
Saudi Arabia
29%
71%
Egypt
27%
73%
Japan
22%
78%
Turkey
21%
79%
Australia
18%
82%
France
17%
83%
South Africa
16%
84%
Mexico
16%
84%
Germany
15%
85%
Spain
14%
86%
Italy
13%
87%
China
13%
87%
South Korea
13%
87%
Britain
11%
89%
Russia
10%
90%
Canada
9%
91%
United States
9%
91%
Israel
8%
93%

Which one of the following countries do you think is the greatest threat to global stability? (Angus Reid Strategies / Maclean’s, September 22-October 6, 2006)

United States
33%
Iran
18%
China
12%
Israel
12%
Iraq
11%
North Korea
9%
Other Country
5%
Russia
1%

Which one of the following issues is the greatest threat to global stability? (Angus Reid Strategies / Maclean’s, September 22-October 6, 2006)

American Foreign Policy
26%
International Terrorism
25%
Islamic Extremism
18%
Poverty/Unemployment
8%
Global Warming
6%
Fundamentalist Governments
4%
The Rise of China
3%
Israeli Foreign Policy
3%
Globalization
2%
Iranian Foreign Policy
2%
HIV/AIDS
2%

Mideast Sympathies (Pew Research Center, 2007)

  Israel Palestinians
United States
48%
13%
Germany
37%
18%
Great Britain
24%
29%
France
38%
38%
Spain
9%
32%
Russia
21%
16%
China
7%
23%
Japan
25%
29%
India
20%
22%
Nigeria
29%
35%
Indonesia
4%
72%
Egypt
2%
97%
Jordan
1%
97%
Turkey
5%
63%
Pakistan
6%
59%

Do you sympathize more with the Israelis or Palestinians? (Pew Global Attitudes)  

Response

France

Germany

Britain

United States

 

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Israelis

20%

38%

24%

37%

22%

24%

46%

48%

Palestinians

28%

38%

24%

18%

28%

29%

12%

13%

Neither

52%

24%

52%

45%

50%

47%

42%

39%

In the Middle East situation, are your sympathies more with Israel or with the Palestinian Arabs? (Gallup, Feb. 2005)

 
Israel
Palestinian Arabs
Canada
34%
30%
Great Britain
24%
31%

Next, I'd like your overall opinion of some foreign countries. First, is your overall opinion of Israel very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable? (Gallup, Feb. 2005)

 
Favorable
Unfavorable
Canada
51%
45%
Great Britain
39%
51%