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American Public Opinion Polls:
American Jewish Attitudes Toward Israel and the Middle East


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Which view is closest to your own? (ADL, March 31- April 8, 2009)

The U.S. should enter into direct talks with Iran with NO preconditions. After all, the U.S. engaged in continuing diplomatic negotiations with the Soviet Union during the Cold War and the Soviets were a much greater threat to U.S. national security than Iran is today. U.S. national security inevitably benefits when we talk to our adversaries, especially the most dangerous ones.
50%
The U.S. should NOT enter into negotiations with Iran until Iran agrees to suspend its nuclear ENRICHMENT program. Iran is one of the most dangerous governments on the face of the earth – among other things its president calls for the destruction of Israel. There can be no talk until Iran takes concrete steps to assure the civilized world it is ready to cooperate with other nations on controlling the spread of nuclear weapons.
44%

Which view is closest to your own? (ADL, March 31- April 8, 2009)

The leaders of Iran know that it is in their national interest to end their uranium enrichment program and reach agreement with the U.S. and the Western Powers. They are simply using delaying tactics to strike the best deal.
24%
The leaders of Iran have NO interest in reaching an agreement with the U.S. and the Western Powers to end their uranium enrichment program. They are using delaying tactics to give them enough time to develop a nuclear capability.
64%

Suppose all economic and diplomatic efforts fail to get Iran to shut down its nuclear enrichment program. If that happens, would you support or oppose THE UNITED STATES destroying the Iranian nuclear facilities? (ADL, March 31- April 8, 2009)

Support
55%
Oppose
27%

Suppose all economic and diplomatic efforts fail to get Iran to shut down its nuclear enrichment program. If that happens, would you support or oppose ISRAEL destroying the Iranian nuclear facilities? (ADL, March 31- April 8, 2009)

Support
58%
Oppose
27%

Which view is closest to your own? (ADL, March 31- April 8, 2009)

The economic and political difficulties of the Palestinian people are primarily the fault of Israel and its leaders who have kept the Palestinian people under their military rule for more than thirty years.
24%
The economic and political difficulties of the Palestinian people are primarily the fault of a Palestinian leadership that has repeatedly failed to seize real opportunities for peace with Israel.
67%

Which view is closest to your own? (ADL, March 31- April 8, 2009)

As a world leader trying to bring peace to in the Middle East, it is important for the U.S. to work more closely with Arab nations like Egypt and Jordan, even if it means weakening our strong relationship with Israel.
27%
Israel is America’s most loyal ally in the Middle East. The U.S. has a moral and strategic obligation to keep our relationship with Israel strong, even if this means weakening our relationship with the Arab world.
59%

Which view is closest to your own? (ADL, March 31- April 8, 2009)

Peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians will never take place without the continuing leadership and involvement of the U.S. government.
44%
It is up to the Palestinians and the Israelis to solve their problems; any LASTING agreement between them must be reached with the U.S. only playing a role as a facilitator.
47%

Thinking specifically about the current conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Hamas Leadership in Gaza - are your sympathies more with Israel or with Hamas Leadership? (ADL, March 31- April 8, 2009)

Israel
88%
Hamas Leadership
3%
Don't know/refuse
10%

Thinking about the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians generally - are your sympathies more with Israel or with the Palestinians? (ADL, March 31- April 8, 2009)

Israel
80%
Palestinians
6%
Don't know/refuse
14%

Thinking about the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Arab countries - are your sympathies more with Israel or with the Arab countries? (ADL, March 31- April 8, 2009)

Israel
88%
Arab countries
3%
Don't know/refuse
9%

Over the past few months, do you think prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinians have improved, worsened, or stayed about the same? (ADL, March 31- April 8, 2009)

Improved
7%
Stayed about the same
62%
Worsened
29%

And who do you think is doing more to try and bring peace to the region - Israel or the Palestinians? (ADL, March 31- April 8, 2009)

Israel
73%
Palestinians
2%
Don't know/refuse
25%

How serious are the following people about wanting to reach a lasting peace agreement? (ADL, March 31- April 8, 2009)

 
Serious
Not Serious
Hamas leaders
23%
74%
Mahmoud Abbas
52%
40%
Palestinian people
55%
38%
People of Israel
91%
6%
Israeli leaders
82%
13%

How would you describe your opinion of the following Israeli leaders and governing bodies? (ADL, March 31- April 8, 2009)

 
Favorable
Unfavorable
The newly established Israeli government
52%
19%
Benjamin Netanyahu, the new Israeli Prime Minister
65%
10%
Ehud Barak, the Israeli Defense Minister
55%
18%
Tzipi Livni, the head of the Kadima party in Israel
50%
11%
Avigdor Lieberman, the new Foreign Minister
31%
21%

How would you describe your opinion of the following Arab leaders and organizations? (ADL, March 31- April 8, 2009)

 
Favorable
Unfavorable
King Abdullah of Jordan
50%
26%
Hosni Mubarak, the President of Egypt
42%
29%
Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority Chairman
27%
48%
Hamas
4%
87%
Hezbollah
9%
67%

Thinking specifically about the Middle East, do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling US policy toward Israel and the Palestinian territories? (ADL, March 31- April 8, 2009)

Approve
55%
Disapprove
21%

 


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