American Opinion on National Allies


Please tell me whether you strongly agree, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly disagree with the following statement: "Israel can be counted on as a loyal U.S. ally." (ADL)

 
1992
1998
2002
2003
2005
2007
2009
2011
Agree 60% 64% 64% 61% 66%
65%
67%
73%
Disagree 31% 24% 26% 28% 25%
24%
18%
18%

Which do you believe? Israel is a crucial American ally, OR America's relationship with Israel hurts us with the rest of the world? (ADL, October 2011)

Israel is a crucial ally
61%
America's relationship with Israel hurts us with the rest of the world
24%

 

 

Which country is the most trusted and dependable ally to the United States? (Independent Media Review Analysis, September 2011)

 
September 2011
England
65.0
Israel
18.5
Germany
3.4
France
2.2
Other
3.3
Don't know/refused
7.6

Which country is the second most trusted and dependable ally to the United States? (Independent Media Review Analysis, September 2011)

 
September 2011
England
19.0
Israel
27.7
Germany
17.5
France
15.5
Other
3.9
Don't know/refused
16.4

 

Is Israel an ally of the United States, an enemy of the United States or somewhere in between? (Rasmussen Reports)

December 2008
July 2010
Aug 2010
Ally
63%
58%
60%
Enemy
3%
5%
4%
Somewhere in between
27%
32%
31%
Not sure
7%
5%
6%

American attitudes regarding countries in the Middle East: (Rasmussen Reports, August 15, 2009)

Country
Ally
Enemy
Net
Israel
70%
8%
+62
Egypt
39%
9%
+30
Saudi Arabia
23%
25%
-2
Iraq
17%
41%
-24
Afghanistan
15%
40%
-25
Pakistan
12%

28%

-16
Iran
5%
70%
-65

What is your overall opinion of the following foreign countries? Is it favorable or unfavorable? (Gallup, February 19, 2009)

 
Israel
Saudi Arabia
Iran
Palestinian Authority
Favorable
63%
31%
12%
15%
Unfavorable
29%
60%
80%
73%

How do you regard Israel? (ADL, October 2007)

Favorably
58%
Unfavorably
23%

For each of the following countries, please say whether you consider it an ally of the United States, friendly but not an ally, unfriendly, or an enemy of the United States. (Opinion Research Corporation / CNN, Dec. 15 to Dec. 17, 2006)

 
Israel
Saudi Arabia
Iran
Syria

Ally

42%

18%
4%
8%

Friendly, but not an ally

39%

40%
14%
23%
Unfriendly
8%
18%
29%
29%
Enemy
5%
18%
48%
28%

Do you consider Israel an ally of the United States, friendly but not an ally, unfriendly towards the U.S., or an enemy of the United States? (CNN August 2-3, 2006)

Israel
Lebanon
Hezbollah

Ally

49%

9%
3%

Friendly, but not an ally

33%

37
14%
Unfriendly
6%
27%
22%
Enemy
4%
15%
47%
No opinion
7%
11%
14%

Do you feel that (READ EACH ITEM) is a close ally of the U.S., is friendly but not a close ally, is not friendly but not an enemy, or is unfriendly and is an enemy of the U.S.? (Harris)

Answered "Close Ally"

 

1982

1983

1985

1991

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005
2006
 

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%
%

Great Britain

58

 

62

 

61

56

59

62

63

65

66

63

80

64

74

70

74

Canada

63

58

     

61

62

70

73

70

69

63

73

60

57

51

48

Australia

         

36

36

47

48

43

45

42

47

43

53

45

44

Israel

33

 

34

44

26

26

27

32

29

31

37

31

38

37

44

43

41
47

Japan

35

   

27

13

14

14

19

21

19

23

23

26

28

32

33

30

Mexico

 

31

     

25

24

33

30

31

31

28

40

29

33

29

27

Italy

                     

27

37

30

32

27

26

South Korea

                         

21

25

25

25

Spain

                     

21

27

23

30

20

22

Germany

32

   

27

21

22

22

30

29

29

32

29

39

29

19

19

24

Holland (Nether lands)

                     

22

22

24

22

19

21

Sweden

                         

24

20

18

23

Taiwan

           

14

18

20

21

21

19

22

17

20

18

21

Norway

                     

20

23

21

17

18

Greece

                       

18

17

16

16

16

South Africa

             

15

14

   

9

13

12

13

16

11

Brazil

         

11

10

15

14

15

15

11

15

11

19

15

14

France

       

25

29

27

36

36

33

38

38

41

28

13

15

17

India

                       

8

13

12

15

20

Russia (Soviet Union)

(7)

(2)

(1)

(14)

10

7

4

8

6

6

6

5

17

12

13

11

11

Argentina

       

7

   

10

11

   

7

9

10

14

11

10

Chile

                     

5

7

9

8

10

11

Pakistan

                         

8

8

10

9

Colombia

                       

8

10

8

7

10

China

15

 

5

   

4

3

5

6

4

6

3

11

5

7

6

5
Kuwait                                
16
Turkey                                
7
Egypt                                
5
Saudi Arabia                                
9
Jordan                                
8
Qatar                                
6
Afghanistan                                
4
Iraq                                
3
Lebanon                                
1
Libya                                
1
Syria                                
1
Iran                                
1

Blanks where not asked
Results in ( ) indicate the former use of the words "Soviet Union" before the current use of the word "Russia."

Do you feel that (READ EACH ITEM) is a close ally of the U.S., is friendly but not a close ally, is not friendly but not an enemy, or is unfriendly and is an enemy of the U.S.? (Harris)

Answered "Not Friendly or Unfriendly"

 

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

 

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

China

59

69

59

60

57

63

64

49

56

54

54

53
 

Pakistan

               

54

52

49

53
 

France

15

14

18

15

18

18

14

11

25

43

42

41
 

Colombia

             

41

48

43

40

41
 

Russia

38

51

43

45

48

54

50

33

38

37

37

36
 

South Korea

               

33

36

35

34
 

India

             

29

32

29

32

23
 

Taiwan

 

27

25

24

26

26

25

18

26

25

26

25
 

Chile

           

29

17

27

23

26

23
 

Germany

19

19

21

21

20

24

20

10

19

28

25

24
 

South Africa

       

33

31

26

21

24

28

24

30
 

Argentina

25

     

26

23

25

16

24

19

24

25
 

Brazil

16

22

20

21

22

22

23

16

22

23

22

25
 

Sweden

               

13

20

22

17
 

Japan

30

33

32

27

31

28

29

24

24

22

21

27
 

Spain

           

16

12

19

20

21

20
 

Israel

29

29

28

32

30

23

24

24

22

19

20

19
24

Greece

             

15

20

21

18

19

Mexico

19

14

18

20

21

24

20

14

21

20

16

20

Holland (Netherlands)

           

14

11

14

15

16

15

Norway

             

12

15

14

15

20

Italy

           

16

10

13

15

12

21

Canada

2

3

6

6

6

5

7

3

6

10

10

12

Australia

5

7

8

5

9

9

10

7

9

8

10

9

Great Britain

7

7

7

7

9

8

8

1

6

6

6

4
Kuwait                        
49
Turkey                        
55
Egypt                        
54
Saudi Arabia                        
57
Jordan                        
57
Qatar                        
67
Afghanistan                        
77
Iraq                        
82
Lebanon                        
85
Libya                        
88
Syria                        
91
Iran                        
97

For each of the following countries, please describe your view of the relationship between that country and the United States. First, would you say Israel is an ally, friendly, but not an ally, unfriendly but not an enemy, an enemy of the U.S. or haven't you heard enough about that to say: (Gallup)

  March 2000
An ally 40%
Friendly, not ally 20%
Unfriendly, not enemy 14%
Enemy of the U.S. 4%
Haven't heard enough to say 22%

I'd like you to tell me whether or not you think that country (Israel) is or not a reliable ally of the United States: (Roper Poll)

  Reliable Ally Not a Reliable Ally
Apr.'89 44 34
Apr.'88 43 36
Feb.'87 49 29
June.'86 52 32

Would you say that Israel is a reliable ally or not? (WP-ABC, February 12-14, 1989)

  Feb.'89 Apr.'86 Sept.'86 March'82 Oct.'81
A Reliable Ally 41 54 40 54 64
Not a Reliable Ally 56 40 45 35 24

Tell me if you feel that country is a close ally of the U.S., is friendly but not a close ally, is not friendly but not an enemy, or is unfriendly and an enemy of the U.S. (Specified country, Israel): (USA Today)

  Dec.'74 Nov.'81 Jan.'82 June'82 Aug.'82
Close ally 26 35 29 35 24
Friendly 49 49 46 44 49
Not friendly 10 8 14 11 13
Enemy 1 3 3 2 3
Not sure 14 5 8 8 11
Total 100 100 100 100 100

 

  Nov.'82 Feb.'83 Sep.'83 Nov.'84 Oct.'85
Close ally 32 24 35 35 34
Friendly 40 45 43 43 38
Not friendly 16 16 12 12 16
Enemy 4 4 3 3 5
Not sure 8 11 7 7 7
Total 100 100 100 100 100

Do you think the State of Israel is a close ally of the US; is friendly, but not a close ally; is not friendly, but not an enemy; or is an enemy of the United States. (Marttila & Kiley, 2/91)

Close ally 46%
Friendly, not an ally 42%
Not friendly, not enemy 8%
Enemy 1%
Not sure 3%

Tell me whether you think that country is a reliable ally of the U.S. - one that can be trusted to cooperate with the U.S. in almost any circumstances - or not. Would you say that country is a reliable ally of the U.S. or not. (Responses indicate reliable ally)

  WP-ABC Oct.'81 WP-ABC Mar.'82 WP-ABC Aug.'82 Gallup Jan.'83 Roper Jan.'84
Israel 64 54 44 41 54
Egypt 59 52 39 33 37
Saudi Arabia 33 28 28 NA NA
Jordan NA 24 26 16 17
Syria NA 14 9 5 7

(ADL)

Jan. May
Israel is a reliable ally 52 41
Israel threatens the U.S. 28 29
DK 15 26

(AJC)

 

April

Israel is a reliable ally 44
Israel is a friend 32

 Israel as U.S. Ally (1989 data from Marttila & Kiley, ADL 1989: 1988 data from Gallup, AJC)

  All Voters 88 All Voters 89 College Men 88 College Men 89 Informed Intifada 88 Informed Intifada 89
Close Ally 44 34 65 46 61 47
Friendly/Not Ally 32 39 27 41 29 38
Not Friendly/Not Enemy 10 14 4 6 6 7
Enemy 5 8 2 5 2 6

In the future, do you think that Israel will be an ally that the United States can depend on, or not? (CBS News/New York Times Poll, June 5-8. 1990)

Can Depend 45
Cannot 40
DK/NA 16
 

The U.S. should give stronger support to Israel than the Arabs. Israel is a reliable ally of the U.S. 

U.S. should give stronger support to... (ADL)

  January May
Israel 47 44
Arabs 12 7
Don't know 14 20

 


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