If given the opportunity to vote in the US presidential election, Israelis would choose Republican candidate John McCain by a margin of 12 percent over his opponent, Democratic candidate Barack Obama.
The survey of 500 Israeli Jewish adults was commissioned by the Rabin Center for Israel Studies ahead of a debate on the implications for Israel of a McCain or Obama victory.
McCain was chosen by 46 percent of respondents, while Obama garnered 34 percent of the vote.
Most Israelis remain convinced that McCain's approach to regional threats to both Israel and American interests is far more realistic than Obama's.
Israelis also expressed satisfaction with McCain's position that the US should step back somewhat from the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and not link it to stability in other parts of the Middle East.