Obama's popularity in Israel rises, slightly

Monday, December 14, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

A new public opinion poll shows that US President Barack Obama's popularity is inching up in Israel, though most Israelis still believe the American leader doesn't actually support the Jewish state.

Conducted by the New America Foundation and published late last week, the poll showed that 40 percent of Israelis view Obama favorably, while 39 percent view him unfavorably.

Still, 60 percent of Israelis said they don't feel Obama actually supports Israel, at least not in the way past presidents have. However, most Israelis see the US as the only country able and willing to actually support them should their existence as a nation be in danger, and they don't believe Obama will stand in the way of that.

Nearly 40 percent of those surveyed said they believe Obama is actually a Muslim. Thirty-seven percent of Israeli Arabs agreed with that.

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