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American Public Opinion Polls:
Opinion Toward the Sinai Crisis


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Have you heard or read anything about the present trouble between Israel and Egypt? [If Yes, ask] From what you know, what would you say is the chief cause of this trouble at the present time? (Gallup, 10/25/1955)

 
10/25/1955
11/17-22/55
Israel
3%
3%
Egypt
3%
4%
Misunderstanding, ancient dispute, mistrust, intolerance
3%
4%
Foreign interference, Communist influence, getting arms from other countries
8%
11%
Border dispute, each trying to get more land, territorial
6%
7%
Overpopulation
<1%
0%
Religious differences
3%
2%
Economic, oil
1%
1%
Both at fault
3%
1%
No one knows
<1%
<1%
Misc
5%
8%
NA, DK
67%
60%

Have you heard or read anything about the present trouble between Israel and Egypt? [If Yes, ask] From what you know, what would you say is the chief cause of this trouble at the present time? In your opinion, which side is more in the right — Egypt or Israel? (Gallup, 10/25/1955)

Egypt
11%
Israel
19%
Neither
17%
No Opinion
52%

Have you heard or read anything about the present trouble between Israel and Egypt? [If Yes, ask] Do you think things will finally work out peacefully between Egypt and Israel, or do you think that a full-scale war will flare up between the two countries? (Gallup, 11/17-22/1955)

Work out peacefully
31%
Full war
17%
No Opinion
17%
No Answer/Inapplicable
36%

Have you heard or read anything about the trouble between Israel and the Arab countries? [If Yes, ask] Would you favor or oppose talks between the United States and Russia to try to agree on a common policy for preventing war between Israel and the Arabs? (Gallup, 4/17/1956)

Favor
62%
Oppose
24%
No Opinion
14%

Have you heard or read anything about the trouble between Israel and the Arab countries? [If Yes, ask] If an all-out war should begin, which side do you think will be most to blame for it — Israel or the Arabs? (Gallup, 4/17/1956)

Israel
10%
Arabs
20%
Both, neither
24%
Don't Know
45%

Have you heard or read anything about the trouble between Israel and the Arab countries? [If Yes, ask] Some people think the U.S. should support the United Nations in the efforts to prevent war there. Others think we should work with England and France outside the UN to try to keep the peace there. Which of these two ways comes closest to your own point of view? (Gallup, 4/17/1956)

Support UN
63%
Work with England and France
16%
Both
14%
Don't Know
14%

Have you heard or read anything about the trouble between Israel and the Arab countries? [If Yes, ask] It has been suggested that the United Nations ask its member countries to supply soldiers for a police force to patrol the Israel borders. Do you think this is a good idea or a poor idea? (Gallup)

 
4/17/1956
2/5-12/1957*
Good idea
38%
58%
Poor idea
46%
24%
No Opinion
16%
18%

*Doesn't begin, Have you heard...

Have you heard or read anything about the trouble between Israel and the Arab countries? [If Yes, ask] It has been suggested that the United Nations ask its member countries to supply soldiers for a police force to patrol the Israel borders. If this is done, should the U.S. send troops as part of this police force? (Gallup)

 
4/17/1956
2/5-12/1957*
Yes
51%
35%
No
37%
11%
Don't Know
12%
5%
Yes, qualified  
12%
No, qualified  
4%
No code or no data  
33%

*Doesn't begin, Have you heard...

In the trouble between Egypt and Israel, are your sympathies more with one side than with the other? [If yes, ask:] Which side? (Gallup, 5/29/1956)

Egypt
4%
Israel
15%
Neither
77%
Don't Know, no answer
4%

Would you approve or disapprove if the United States Government were to agree to supply arms to Israel? (Gallup, 4/17/1956)

Approve
24%
Disappove
38%
No Opinion
37%
Both
<1%

Do you approve or disapprove of Israel's action in Egypt? (Gallup, 11/14-19/1956)

Approve
10%
Disappove
46%
Both
<1%
No Opinion
43%

Do you approve or disapprove of the U.N.'s plan to set up a police force to patrol the borders between Israel and Egypt? (Gallup, 11/14-19/1956)

Approve
70%
Disappove
10%
No Opinion
20%

Do you approve or disapprove of the U.N.'s plan to set up a police force to patrol the borders between Israel and Egypt? If such a force is set up, would you approve or disapprove of having U.S. forces take part in the patrolling? (Gallup, 11/14-19/1956)

Approve
45%
Disappove
35%
Don't Know
19%

Have you heard or read about the discussion in the UN regarding the withdrawal of Israeli troops fom Egypt? [If Yes, ask] In your opinion, what is the real issue here? [If any answer, ask:] Which side are you more inclined to agree with — the U.N. or the Israelis? (Gallup, 2/5-12/1957)

UN
42%
Israelis
8%
Neither
4%
No Opinion
13%
Inapplicable
33%

Did you hear or read about Eisenhower's speech in which he urged Israel to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and Aqaba? Do you happen to know what Israel's answer is to this proposal? [If yes, ask:] What? (Gallup, 2/28-3/5/1957)

Yes
40%
No
43%
No code or no data
18%

Do you think sanctions, or penalties, should or should not be applied against Israel by the United Nations, if she does not withdraw from the Gaza Strip and Aqaba? (Gallup, 2/28-3/5/1957)

Should
34%
Should not
28%
No Opinion
34%
No code or no data
3%

Do you think things will work out peacefully between Egypt and Israel, or do you think that a war will flare up between the two countries? (Gallup, 4/6-11/1957)

Work out peacefully
34%
War
36%
DK
30%

Do you think things will work out peacefully between Egypt and Israel, or do you think that a war will flare up between the two countries? If trouble does start there, which side — Israel or Egypt do you think will be more likely to start it? (Gallup, 4/6-11/1957)

Egypt
33%
Israel
26%
DK
41%

Based on what you've heard or read, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way Eisenhower and Sec. of State Dulles have handled the Israel-Egypt problem? (Gallup, 4/6-11/1957)

Satisfied
49%
Dissatisfied
23%
No opinion
27%

Based on what you've heard or read, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way Eisenhower and Sec. of State Dulles have handled the Israel-Egypt problem? [If dissatisfied, ask:] Why do you feel that way? (Gallup, 4/6-11/1957)

Not firm enough, not decisive
9%
Was pro-Arab (sided with Nasser)
2%
U.S. Army should have participated
1%
Not stopping Russian Penetration of near East
1%
Economic assistance (Aswan Dam)
1%
Dislikes Dulles's handling of foreign policy (general)
3%
U.S. should stay out of it
1%
Misc.
2%
No answer
4%
DK
1%
Inapplicable
76%

 


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