Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Israel Project poll: American support for Israel dropping sharply


According to the poll, conducted among a rather large sample (800 registered voters) between June 9 and June 11, there has been a 20% drop (!) in the perception of Israel’s government as peace seeking. Here are the data. The question asked was: “And, how committed do you think the Israeli government, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is to reaching a peace agreement with the Palestinians?” A similar question (“How committed do you think the Israeli government is to reaching a peace agreement with the Palestinians?”) was asked in December 2008 and in March 2009. In December and March, the results were almost identical: 66% said it was committed and 29% (in December) and 30% (in March) said it was not. This month, however, in the light of the open conflict on Israeli-Palestinian peace between Bibi and Obama, only 46% say Israel is committed and 39% say it is not.

Furthermore, there is a steep decline in the percentage of Americans who say that the U.S. should support Israel. That has dropped from 71% in March 2008 (at the time of the Annapolis process) to only 44% now.

I'm not that optimistic but it would appear that change is coming to the I-P conflict and the role the US and Americans may play in it...


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