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American Public Opinion Polls:
Regarding U.S. Middle East Policy

(Updated December 2013)


American Polls: Table of Contents | Sympathy Toward Israel/Arabs | Opinion on Iran


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In your view, should the United States become more active in world affairs, less active in world affairs, or continue it's current level of activity in world affairs?
 (NBC News/the Wall Street Journal, September 2014)

September 2014
April 2014
September 2001
May 1997
March 1995
More active
27%
19%
37%
17%
17%
Less active
40%
47%
14%
32%
34%
Current level
29%
30%
44%
46%
47%
Not sure
4%
4%
5%
5%
2%

In your opinion, is the United States too involved in Middle East affairs?
        
 (Rasmussen, July 2014)

The US is too involved in the Middle East
44%
The US is not involved enough in the Middle East
21%
The level of US involvement in the Middle East is appropriate
24%

In your opinion, are the United States and it's allies winning the war on terror?
        
 (Rasmussen, July 2014)

The US and it's allies are winning
27%
The terrorists are winning
36%
Neither side is winning
29%

Do you support the short-term agreement with Iran that ends some economic sanctions in exchange for cutbacks in Iran's nuclear weapons program?
        
 (Rasmussen, November 2013)

Favor deal
41%
Oppose deal
43%
Don't know/No opinion
16%

Would you favor or oppose direct diplomatic negotiations between the U.S. and Iran in an attempt to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons?
        
 (CNN/ORC, September 2013)

 
October 2009
September 2013
Favor
78%
76%
Oppose
22%
21%
Unsure
1%
3%

Would you support military strikes on Syria if it does not give up its chemical weapons?
        
 (Pew, September 2013)

Favor Strikes
37%
Oppose Strikes
49%
Don't Know/No Opinion
14%

Should the U.S. conduct airstrikes against Syria in response to reports that the government used chemical weapons?
        
 (Pew, September 2013)

Favor Strikes
28%
Oppose Strikes
63%
Don't Know/No Opinion
9%

Should Congress pass a resolution authorizing limited U.S. military action in Syria?
        
 (CNN/ORC, September 2013)

Should Pass
39%
Should Not Pass
59%
No Opinion
2%

Should the United States get more directly involved in the Syrian crisis or leave the situation alone?
          (Rasmussen, August 2011; February 2012; June 2012; Reuters/Ipsos, August 2013)

 
Aug 2011
Feb 2012
June 2012
Aug 2013
Get more directly involved
12%
19%
20%
26%
Leave the situation alone
66%
56%
50%
50%
Undecided
22%
25%
30%
24%

Should the United States continue to provide military and financial aid to Egypt?
        
 (Rasmussen, August 2013)

Continue Providing Aid
18%
Stop Providing Aid
54%
Undecided
27%

Should the United States get more directly involved in the Egypt situation?
        
 (Rasmussen, August 2013)

Leave Egypt Situation Alone
73%
Get More Involved
10%
Undecided
17%

Should President Obama be involved in trying to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians?
        
 (The Hill/Pulse Opinion Research, March 2013)

Very Involved
21%
Somewhat Involved
37%
Not Very Involved
23%
Not At All Invovled
9%
No Opinion
10%

Generally speaking, is President Obama more pro-Israel, anti-Israel or neither?
        
 (The Hill/Pulse Opinion Research, March 2013)

Pro-Israel
28%
Anti-Israel
30%
Neither
29%
Not Sure
13%

If Israel were to attack Iran to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, then what should the United States do? Should the United States support Israel's military action, or should the United States not get involved?
        
 (CNN/ORC, March 2013)

Support action
49%
Not get involved
49%
Unsure
2%

In order to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, do you think the United States should increase pressure on the Palestinians or the Israelis to compromise?
         
(Gallup, February 2013)

Feb. 2007
Feb. 2008
Feb. 2013
More Pressure on Palestinians
39%
38%
48%
More Pressure on Israel
30%
25%
25%
More Pressure on Both
11%
15%
10%
No More Pressure on Either
10%
10%
8%
No Opinion
10%
11%
10%

Do you support or oppose the United States taking military action against Iran if there is evidence that Iran is building nuclear weapons?
         
(Reuters/Ipsos, March 2012)

Support
56%
Oppose
39%
Neither
2%
Both/Unsure
3%

Which of these two statements is closest to your own view?
          (ADL, October 23, 2011)

 
2007
2011
"American Jews stifle debate about U.S. policy toward Israel and the Middle East."
23%
25%
"The national debate about U.S. policy toward Israel and the Middle East is vigorous and wide open."
46%
52%

Obama promised to veto the Palestinian statehood bid, intervened in the embassy crisis with Egypt, and supported Israel in his UN speech. What's the main reason? (TNS/Teleseker, October 4-6, 2011)

Elections are coming, he needs Jewish votes
67%
He is balanced, may support Palestinians in future
9%
He's learned more about the Middle East
6%
Has always been pro-Israel
5%
Don't know
13%

Do you think President Obama is a strong supporter of Israel or not? (Quinnipiac University/The Israel Project, October 3, 2011)

 
April 2010
June 2011
October 2011
Approve
35%
35%
34%
Disapprove
44%
47%
48%

Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation between Israel and the Palestinians? (Quinnipiac University/The Israel Project, October 3, 2011)

 
June 2011
July 2011
September 2011
October 2011
Approve
46%
47%
44%
44%
Disapprove
44%
43%
47%
48%

Do you think the President of the United States should be a strong supporter of Israel or not? (Quinnipiac University/The Israel Project, October 3, 2011)

 
April 2010
June 2011
October 2011
Republican
Independent
Democrat
Should
66%
66%
63%
76%
62%
56%
Should not
19%
18%
20%
12%
25%
19%

Would you say that President Obama favors Israel or favors the Palestinians?
(Independent Media Review Analysis, September 2011)

Israel
21.4%
Palestinians
36.2%
Treats them equally
20.6%
Don't know/Refused to answer
21.8%

Do you think Obama's policies towards Iran will succeed in convincing them to abandon developing nuclear weapons?
(Independent Media Review Analysis, September 2011)

Yes
10.2%
No
77.6%
Don't know/Refused to answer
12.2%

President Obama is pursuing a policy of diplomacy and sanctions to stop the Iran nuclear program. Do you think this policy will succeed?
(McLaughlin & Associates, October 2010)

Yes
28.0%
No
58.6%
Don't know/Refused to answer
13.4%

Do you think President Obama's policies toward Iran will stop them from getting nuclear weapons?
(McLaughlin & Associates, October 2010)

Yes
12.8%
No
78.5%
Don't know/Refused to answer
8.7%

Do you think President Obama's failure to stop Iran's nuclear program would lead to a nuclear arms race in the Middle East?
(McLaughlin & Associates, October 2010)

Yes
50.3%
No
33.8%
Don't know/Refused to answer
15.9%

When Israel faces a conflict with its enemies, do you want your elected officials to express their support for Israel, or to pressure Israel for a cease-fire? (McLaughlin & Associates, October 2010)

Support Israel
42.9%
Pressure Israel
32.4%
Don't know/Refuse to answer
14.8%

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? "The Israeli-Arab conflict is the key to improving American's standing and interests in the region." (McLaughlin & Associates, October 2010)

Agree
50.6%
Disagree
31.8%
Don't know/Refused to answer
17.7%

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? "Enemies of America use the Palestinian-Israeli conflict as an excuse to create anti-American sentiment. Even if the dispute is settled, they would find another way to justify their hostility towards America." (McLaughlin & Associates, October 2010)

Agree
81.8%
Disagree
11.2%
Don't know/Refused to answer
7.0%

Do you approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing handling America's relations with Israel? (McLaughlin & Associates, October 2010)

Approve
43.2%
Disapprove
44.3%
Don't know/Refuse to answer
12.6%

Do you think President Obama's policies in the Middle East are improving Israel's security or harming it? (McLaughlin & Associates, October 2010)

Improving security
29.6%
Harming it
42.7%
Don't know/Refuse to answer
27.7%

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? "Barack Obama has been less friendly to Israel than previous presidents." (McLaughlin & Associates, October 2010)

Agree
51.6%
Disagree
35.4%
Don't know/Refuse to answer
13.0%

President Barack Obama is committed to a policy of outreach to the Muslim World. Knowing this, do you think this policy has increased or decreased the security of the United States? (McLaughlin & Associates, October 2010)

Increased
33.1%
Decreased
46.5%
Don't know/Refuse to answer
20.4%

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? "Israel's enemies are America's enemies." (McLaughlin & Associates, October 2010)

Agree
50.9%
Disagree
38.4%
Don't know/Refuse to answer
10.7%

When it comes to the peace process, the Obama Administration has followed a policy of publicly criticizing and pressuring Israel, but not the Palestinians. Do you agree or disagree with this approach? (McLaughlin & Associates, October 2010)

Agree
27.0%
Disagree
54.4%
Don't know/Refuse to answer
18.7%

Thinking specifically about the Middle East, do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling U.S. policy toward Israel and the Palestinian territories? (ADL, October 2009)

Approve
46%
Disapprove
32%

In your opinion, does the Obama administration tilt toward Israel, the Palestinians, or is it generally balanced in its Middle East polices? (ADL, October 2009)

Toward Israel
13%
Toward the Palestinians
15%
Generally balanced
49%

Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: "The U.S. is more likely to be targeted for terrorist attack because of our support for Israel." (ADL)

 
2003
2005
2007
2009
Agree
73%
68%
65%
64%
Disagree
33%
22%
26%
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In your opinion, should the U.S. continue to support Israel even if it means there will be a greater risk of terrorist attacks against America, or should the U.S. pull back from its support of Israel to minimize the risk of a terrorist attack in this country? (ADL)

 
2003
2005
2007
2009
Support
62%
61%
57%
61%
Pull back
31%
31%
34%
33%

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