New Poll reflects 70% of Americans view Israel favorably

Respondents to a Foreign Policy Initiative survey place Israel as the US’s 2nd best ally in the world, with the UK in top spot.

By JTA

Seventy percent of Americans view Israel favorably, according to a survey conducted by the Foreign Policy Initiative.

Israel US flag - Photo: Courtesy

Israel US flag – Photo: Courtesy

Moreover, when asked their view of Israel, nearly 81 percent of political conservatives share that view while the number is at 68.5 percent for moderates and roughly 63 percent of liberals.

The survey, called Foreign Policy Matters in 2012, was conducted from Sept. 15-17 by Basswood Research for the Foreign Policy Initiative. It’s margin of error is 3.1 percent. Roughly 40 percent of respondents identified as Republicans, 40 percent as Democrats and 20 percent as either Independents or with no party affiliation.

When asked the open-ended question who was “America’s  best ally in the world?” Israel came in at 15.9 percent, second only to the United Kingdom, which had 54 percent.

On Syria, nearly 66 percent of Americans support Washington working “with our allies to establish no-fly zones in Syria to protect civilians and help ensure a transition to a more pro-Western government instead of the terrorist-supporting regime of Bashar Assad.

 

View original Jerusalem Post publication at: http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=286535

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