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Poll: Obama's popularity with Israelis plummets

obamawhgov_optBY JIM KOURI, CPP

While President Barack Obama seeks "reconciliation" with Islamic nations, a recent poll taken in the Jewish state of Israel shows Obama's plummeting popularity with a valued ally.

Pechter Middle East Polls (PMEP) released data from a nationally representative telephone survey of 500 Israeli Jews conducted in Hebrew June 7, 2010. The margin of error is +/- 4 percent.

The poll was undertaken in the aftermath of the May 31, 2010 Israeli ship boarding in international waters off Gaza that left nine activists dead and several Israeli commandos injured.

The poll revealed that 71 percent disliked U.S. President Barack Obama with 47 percent expressing a strong dislike. In all, 63 percent of those polled were dissatisfied with the American government's reaction to the incident.

Meanwhile, 53 percent were satisfied with Prime Minister Netanyahu's job performance while only 41 percent were satisfied with Defense Minister Ehud Barak's job performance.

Eighty five percent of the respondents indicated that Israel either did not use enough force (39 percent) or used the right amount of force (46 percent) regarding the recent ship-boarding incident. Only eight percent felt the Israelis used too much force. Sixty one percent felt that Israel should not adjust its tactics to elicit a more favorable international reaction.

Seventy three percent of those polled indicated that Israel should not open up Gaza to international humanitarian shipments. A majority of those polled, 56 percent indicated that Israel should not agree to an international inquiry committee to investigate the incident.

Responding to rumors that Turkish Prime Minister is planning to come in person on a ship accompanied by Turkish Navy in order to break through the blockade, 75 percent of those polled indicated that Israel should stop him whatever it takes. Regarding news reports that Iran is planning to send Red Crescent ships to Gaza, 84 percent of those polled said stop them whatever it takes.

Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner and New Media Alliance. In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB. Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.

 

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