Americans expect relations with Israel to worsen

Friday, December 17, 2010 |  Ryan Jones

A survey of US voters found that 29 percent of Americans expect relations between the Obama Administration and Israel to continue to sour over the coming year. In line with that assertion, it was discovered that Republicans are far more supportive of Israel than Democrats.

Conducted by Rasmussen Reports, the survey found that just 13 percent of likely US voters think relations between US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be better in a year’s time. That percentage has been steadily dropping since July.

Obama and Netanyahu have had a rocky relationship since the former junior senator took up residence in the White House nearly two years ago. Many in both Israel and the US feel that is due to Obama’s overriding desire to improve relations between America and the Muslim world, which for the latter must necessarily come at Israel’s expense.

It would seem Obama’s efforts on that front are affecting the views of some Americans toward Israel. In the latest survey, 57 percent said they view Israel as an ally. That is down from the 66 percent of US voters who said Israel is an ally in a June poll.

It appears Israel’s flagging popularity is almost entirely on the side of the Democrats. While 74 percent of Republicans said Israel is an ally of the US, only 45 percent of Democrats felt the same way.

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