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

(Updated November 2013)


Israeli Polls: Table of Contents | Peace Index Polls | Polls of Israeli Arabs


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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)
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%

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