April 22, 2010 - Senate Should Ratify Nuclear Disarmament Treaty, U.S. Voters Tell Quinnipiac University National Poll; Obama Not Strong Enough On Israel, Voters Say

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American voters say 60 - 33 percent that the U.S. Senate should ratify the nuclear disarmament treaty President Barack Obama recently signed with Russia, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

Support for Senate action is 74 - 21 percent among Democrats and 63 - 32 percent among independent voters, while Republicans oppose the measure, 48 - 43 percent, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University survey finds.

Voters agree 79 - 17 percent that the biggest threat to U.S. security is the possibility of a terrorist organization obtaining a nuclear weapon.

American voters approve of most of President Obama's nuclear policy:
  • 54 - 42 percent in favor of reducing the number of U.S. nuclear weapons;
  • 49 - 47 percent favor the U.S. stopping development or testing new nuclear weapons;
  • 57 - 36 percent support banning use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear nations;
  • 58 - 36 percent disapprove of a ban on U.S. use of nuclear weapons against non-nuclear nations even if they launch a biological or chemical weapons attack on the U.S.;
  • 49 - 44 percent disapprove of Obama announcing the U.S. won't use nuclear weapons in certain situations.
Voters support 70 - 28 percent the U.S. and Russia working to eliminate all nuclear weapons in the world, but they say 87 - 11 percent that such a goal is not realistic. And voters say 25 - 18 percent that Obama's nuclear policy increases, rather than decreases, the chance of nuclear war, while 47 percent say the nuclear policy doesn't make a difference.

"American voters like the dream of a world without nuclear weapons, but they believe it is just that - a dream," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "They agree with many elements of President Barack Obama's nuclear policy and they want the Senate to ratify the latest arms reduction treaty with Russia.

"But very few voters believe any of this makes the world any safer," Brown added.

American voters approve 48 - 42 percent of the way Obama is handling foreign policy and approve 49 - 39 percent of the way he is handling the situation in Afghanistan. The U.S. is doing the right thing fighting in Afghanistan, voters say 56 - 36 percent, and eliminating the threat of terrorists operating from Afghanistan is a worthwhile goal for American troops to fight and possibly die for, voters say 61 - 31 percent.

The one negative area in voter appraisal of Obama's foreign policy is that voters disapprove 44 - 35 percent of the way the President is handling the situation between Israel and the Palestinians. Jewish voters, generally supportive of Obama on other issues, turn 67 - 28 percent thumbs down on his handling of Israel and the Palestinians.

American voters say 57 - 13 percent that their sympathies lie with Israel and say 66 - 19 percent that the President of the United States should be a strong supporter of Israel.

But voters say 42 - 34 percent that Obama is not a strong supporter of Israel.

Only 16 percent of Republicans and 33 percent of independents think the President is a strong supporter of Israel, while 53 percent of Democrats do. The wealthier and older the voter, the more likely they are to question Obama's support for Israel. And the racial gap is yawning: 31 percent of white voters, but 54 percent of black voters see him as a strong supporter of Israel.

"While 50 percent of Jews see Obama as a strong supporter of Israel, only 23 percent of Protestants and 35 percent of Roman Catholics see it that way," Brown said. "One explanation may just be that the President's low overall approval among Protestants and Catholics contributes to this disparity."

From April 14 - 19, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,930 registered voters nationwide with a margin of error of +/- 2.2 percentage points.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida, Ohio and the nation as a public service and for research. For more data or RSS feed- http://www.quinnipiac.edu/polling.xml, call (203) 582-5201, or follow us on Twitter.

6. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - foreign policy?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
Approve              48%    16%    82%    46%    76%    60%    22%    13%
Disapprove           42     73     10     46     13     30     70     81
DK/NA                10     11      8      8     11     10      7      6
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
Approve              48%    48%    30%    33%    41%    55%    41%    82%
Disapprove           46     38     58     57     47     39     48     10
DK/NA                 7     13     12     10     12      6     11      8
 
                     Military      NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Households    Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+
Approve              39%           45%    56%    54%    49%    44%
Disapprove           50            43     38     35     44     43
DK/NA                11            12      6     11      8     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling foreign policy?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 22  Mar 25  Feb 10  Jan 13  Dec 23  Apr 29  Jan 13
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2010
Approve              48      46      46      45      46      57      45
Disapprove           42      43      43      46      44      32      46
DK/NA                10      12      11       9      10      11       9
 
 
8a. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the situation in Afghanistan?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
Approve              49%    30%    63%    52%    58%    54%    39%    33%
Disapprove           39     60     26     37     29     33     52     59
DK/NA                12     10     11     12     13     13      9      8
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
Approve              53%    44%    36%    44%    50%    53%    45%    72%
Disapprove           38     40     49     42     40     42     43     20
DK/NA                 8     16     15     14      9      5     13      9
 
                     Military      NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Households    Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+
Approve              45%           45%    59%    50%    51%    46%
Disapprove           46            41     33     39     39     39
DK/NA                 8            14      9     11     11     15
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Afghanistan?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 22  Mar 25  Feb 10  Jan 13  Dec 23  Mar 25  Nov 18
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2010    2009
Approve              49      52      51      45      47      52      38
Disapprove           39      36      39      45      43      36      49
DK/NA                12      12      10      10      10      12      12
 
 
9. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - terrorism?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
Approve              49%    22%    80%    46%    74%    61%    25%    15%
Disapprove           41     70     13     42     18     29     66     78
DK/NA                10      8      7     12      8     10      8      7
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
Approve              48%    50%    32%    33%    45%    62%    43%    81%
Disapprove           43     39     59     56     46     34     47     13
DK/NA                 9     11      9     11      9      4     10      6
 
                     Military      NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Households    Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+
Approve              40%           46%    58%    60%    48%    44%
Disapprove           52            43     34     34     42     43
DK/NA                 8            11      8      6     11     12
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling terrorism?
                     Apr 22  Mar 25  Feb 10  Jan 13
                     2010    2010    2010    2010
Approve              49      49      49      48
Disapprove           41      41      44      44
DK/NA                10       9       8       8
 
 
11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - nuclear weapons policy?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
Approve              48%    20%    76%    48%    70%    60%    25%    15%
Disapprove           37     63     10     39     11     25     64     76
DK/NA                15     17     14     13     19     15     11      9
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
Approve              51%    45%    26%    34%    42%    56%    41%    79%
Disapprove           39     35     57     51     43     31     42      9
DK/NA                10     20     17     15     15     13     17     12
 
                     Military      NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Households    Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+
Approve              40%           45%    55%    56%    47%    45%
Disapprove           46            39     33     27     38     41
DK/NA                14            17     11     17     15     15
 
 
12. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the situation between Israel and the Palestinians?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
Approve              35%    15%    59%    33%    55%    41%    19%    10%
Disapprove           44     68     19     47     22     33     68     80
DK/NA                21     17     22     20     23     25     13     10
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
Approve              37%    34%    21%    26%    34%    28%    30%    68%
Disapprove           48     40     58     54     44     67     49     20
DK/NA                15     26     21     20     22      6     22     12
 
                     Military      NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Households    Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+
Approve              30%           33%    41%    40%    36%    32%
Disapprove           54            44     42     38     44     46
DK/NA                16            23     17     22     20     22
 
 
13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the situation in Iran?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
Approve              44%    19%    73%    41%    68%    52%    24%    13%
Disapprove           43     68     16     48     20     35     66     78
DK/NA                13     13     11     11     12     13     10      9
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
Approve              44%    44%    28%    34%    39%    50%    38%    76%
Disapprove           46     41     58     52     52     42     49     14
DK/NA                10     15     14     14      9      7     12     10
 
                     Military      NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Households    Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+
Approve              36%           41%    51%    51%    44%    41%
Disapprove           52            46     38     34     46     46
DK/NA                12            14     11     15     11     13
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Iran?
                     Apr 22  Oct 7
                     2010    2009
Approve              44      45
Disapprove           43      39
DK/NA                13      17
 
 
22. Do you think the U.S. is doing the right thing by fighting the war in Afghanistan now, or should the U.S. not be involved in Afghanistan now?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
Right thing          56%    71%    42%    57%    41%    53%    69%    75%
Shld not be inv      36     21     49     37     50     40     25     18
DK/NA                 8      8     10      6      9      7      7      7
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
Right thing          62%    51%    65%    62%    67%    61%    60%    39%
Shld not be inv      34     37     26     29     27     31     31     56
DK/NA                 4     12      9      9      6      8      9      5
 
                     Military      NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Households    Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+
Right thing          58%           54%    62%    54%    59%    54%
Shld not be inv      35            37     32     41     33     35
DK/NA                 7             9      7      5      7     12
 
TREND: Do you think the U.S. is doing the right thing by fighting the war in Afghanistan now, or should the U.S. not be involved in Afghanistan now?
                                                             RIGHT THING...
                                                             High    Low
                     Apr 22  Mar 25  Feb 10  Jan 14  Dec 23  Jan 14  Nov 18
                     2010    2010    2010    2010    2009    2010    2009
Right thing          56      55      56      59      51      59      48
Shouldn't be inv     36      37      37      35      41      35      41
DK/NA                 8       8       7       6       8       6      11
 
 
23. Do you think eliminating the threat from terrorists operating from Afghanistan is a worthwhile goal for American troops to fight and possibly die for or not?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
Yes                  61%    73%    51%    63%    54%    57%    72%    77%
No                   31     21     40     30     39     36     21     17
DK/NA                 8      7     10      7      8      7      8      6
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
Yes                  66%    57%    72%    69%    70%    65%    66%    40%
No                   28     33     19     22     23     27     25     48
DK/NA                 6     10      8      8      8      8      8     12
 
                     Military      NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Households    Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+
Yes                  63%           59%    68%    59%    64%    61%
No                   28            33     25     38     29     27
DK/NA                 9             9      7      3      7     13
 
TREND: Do you think eliminating the threat from terrorists operating from Afghanistan is a worthwhile goal for American troops to fight and possibly die for or not?
                     Apr 22  Dec 8   Nov 18  Oct 7
                     2010    2009    2009    2009
Yes                  61      64      65      65
No                   31      30      29      28
DK/NA                 8       6       7
 
 
38. Do you approve or disapprove of - cutting the number of United States nuclear weapons?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
Approve              54%    32%    73%    55%    80%    61%    34%    22%
Disapprove           42     64     22     42     16     35     63     77
DK/NA                 4      4      5      3      3      4      3      1
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
Approve              59%    49%    32%    42%    48%    72%    50%    67%
Disapprove           40     44     63     53     49     27     46     27
DK/NA                 1      7      5      5      3      -      4      6
 
                     Military      NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Households    Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+
Approve              49%           49%    66%    66%    53%    49%
Disapprove           49            46     31     33     44     44
DK/NA                 2             4      3      1      3      6
 
 
39. Do you approve or disapprove of - stopping development or testing of any new nuclear weapons?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
Approve              49%    33%    67%    47%    71%    54%    32%    26%
Disapprove           47     63     29     49     26     43     62     69
DK/NA                 5      4      4      4      4      3      5      5
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
Approve              50%    47%    37%    40%    40%    54%    46%    59%
Disapprove           47     46     59     53     56     44     49     36
DK/NA                 3      7      4      6      4      2      5      5
 
                     Military      NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Households    Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+
Approve              48%           48%    51%    55%    49%    45%
Disapprove           49            47     44     42     48     47
DK/NA                 2             5      5      3      4      8
 
 
40. Do you approve or disapprove of - not using nuclear weapons against countries that do not have them?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
Approve              57%    47%    70%    56%    73%    63%    44%    43%
Disapprove           36     45     25     38     23     32     48     52
DK/NA                 7      8      4      6      4      5      7      5
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
Approve              53%    61%    49%    53%    54%    66%    57%    67%
Disapprove           42     31     42     37     42     34     36     30
DK/NA                 5      8      9      9      4      -      7      3
 
                     Military      NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Households    Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+
Approve              54%           55%    62%    70%    54%    53%
Disapprove           40            38     32     28     41     37
DK/NA                 6             7      6      2      5     10
 
 
41. Do you approve or disapprove of - not using nuclear weapons against countries that do not have them, even if they launched a biological or chemical weapons attack against the United States?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
Approve              36%    30%    45%    35%    43%    41%    29%    29%
Disapprove           58     67     48     59     51     54     68     70
DK/NA                 5      3      7      5      7      6      3      1
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
Approve              38%    35%    30%    36%    33%    34%    36%    37%
Disapprove           59     58     66     59     63     59     59     60
DK/NA                 3      7      4      6      4      7      5      3
 
                     Military      NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Households    Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+
Approve              36%           37%    35%    38%    38%    32%
Disapprove           61            58     61     59     57     59
DK/NA                 4             6      4      2      5      8
 
 
42. Do you think that President Obama's nuclear arms policy increases or decreases the threat of nuclear war, or doesn't it make a difference?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
Increases            25%    42%    10%    24%    10%    16%    44%    55%
Decreases            18      8     30     17     30     21      9      5
Doesn't make diff    47     39     51     50     49     55     39     29
DK/NA                10     11      9      9     11      8      9     10
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
Increases            23%    27%    41%    34%    24%    21%    26%    14%
Decreases            22     14     10     14     15     31     16     28
Doesn't make diff    51     44     40     42     52     39     48     49
DK/NA                 4     15      9     10      9     10     10      9
 
                     Military      NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Households    Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+
Increases            33%           26%    22%    19%    25%    28%
Decreases            17            15     23     18     17     19
Doesn't make diff    41            48     46     53     49     42
DK/NA                 9            10      9      9      9     11
 
 
43. As you may know, President Obama and Russia's President recently signed a new nuclear disarmament treaty. The United States and Russia are each pledging to reduce their nuclear arms by a third. Do you think the United States Senate should ratify this treaty, or not?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
Yes                  60%    43%    74%    63%    80%    70%    40%    32%
No                   33     48     21     32     16     24     53     59
DK/NA                 7     10      5      5      4      6      7      9
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
Yes                  62%    58%    44%    54%    56%    75%    58%    67%
No                   33     33     47     38     38     21     35     28
DK/NA                 5      9      9      9      6      3      8      5
 
                     Military      NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Households    Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+
Yes                  57%           56%    67%    67%    58%    58%
No                   35            35     28     27     36     32
DK/NA                 8             8      4      6      6     11
 
 
44. Suppose the United States and Russia could agree to eliminate all nuclear weapons and get other nations that have them to do the same. Would you approve or disapprove of the elimination of all nuclear weapons?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
Approve              70%    55%    81%    72%    87%    77%    53%    51%
Disapprove           28     42     17     26     12     21     43     44
DK/NA                 3      3      2      2      1      1      4      4
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
Approve              68%    72%    60%    64%    64%    72%    68%    79%
Disapprove           31     25     36     32     33     27     30     19
DK/NA                 1      4      4      4      2      1      3      2
 
                     Military      NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Households    Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+
Approve              64%           71%    67%    70%    72%    68%
Disapprove           33            26     31     29     27     26
DK/NA                 3             3      2      1      1      5
 
 
45. Do you think it is possible in the foreseeable future to eliminate all nuclear weapons or is that not a realistic possibility?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
Possible             11%     6%    15%    10%    17%    13%     6%     7%
Not realistic        87     93     80     89     78     86     93     92
DK/NA                 2      1      5      1      5      1      2      1
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
Possible             11%    11%     6%     8%     8%     7%     9%    15%
Not realistic        88     85     92     90     90     89     89     81
DK/NA                 1      4      2      2      2      4      2      4
 
                     Military      NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Households    Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+
Possible              9%           12%     9%    10%    13%    10%
Not realistic        90            86     90     89     86     85
DK/NA                 1             3      2      1      2      5
 
 
46. Do you approve or disapprove of President Obama publicly announcing that the United States won't use nuclear weapons in certain situations?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
Approve              44%    24%    69%    42%    70%    54%    22%    15%
Disapprove           49     69     26     51     25     40     72     82
DK/NA                 7      7      6      7      5      6      6      3
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
Approve              42%    46%    29%    34%    42%    54%    42%    56%
Disapprove           54     44     65     58     54     38     51     40
DK/NA                 4     10      6      8      4      8      7      5
 
                     Military      NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Households    Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+
Approve              34%           42%    50%    53%    42%    41%
Disapprove           58            50     45     42     51     51
DK/NA                 8             8      5      4      7      9
 
 
47. President Obama says that the single biggest threat to U.S. security is the possibility of a terrorist organization obtaining a nuclear weapon. Do you agree or disagree?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
Agree                79%    77%    85%    79%    79%    81%    79%    80%
Disagree             17     19     12     19     18     17     18     17
DK/NA                 4      4      3      2      4      2      3      3
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
Agree                81%    78%    84%    81%    80%    84%    80%    84%
Disagree             17     17     13     16     18     12     17     12
DK/NA                 2      5      4      3      2      4      3      4
 
                     Military      NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Households    Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+
Agree                82%           79%    79%    80%    79%    81%
Disagree             15            17     18     19     18     13
DK/NA                 3             4      3      1      2      5
 
 
48. Do you approve or disapprove of the way President Obama is handling this threat?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
Approve              50%    20%    79%    50%    71%    61%    27%    16%
Disapprove           35     61      8     37     12     24     60     71
DK/NA                16     19     13     13     17     15     13     13
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
Approve              50%    49%    29%    37%    45%    60%    43%    83%
Disapprove           37     33     52     47     38     23     39     11
DK/NA                12     18     18     17     16     18     18      6
 
                     Military      NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Households    Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+
Approve              44%           47%    55%    61%    47%    46%
Disapprove           40            36     31     29     37     35
DK/NA                15            16     14     10     17     19
 
 
49. From what you know about the situation in the Middle East, do your sympathies lie more with Israel or more with the Palestinians?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
Israel               57%    70%    46%    57%    42%    49%    75%    82%
Palestinians         13      8     19     13     21     15      7      3
DK/NA                31     23     35     30     37     36     18     15
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
Israel               60%    53%    72%    66%    56%    90%    59%    54%
Palestinians         15     11      8     11     11      1     12     14
DK/NA                25     36     20     23     33      8     29     32
 
                     Military      NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Households    Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+
Israel               67%           56%    57%    50%    58%    60%
Palestinians         11            12     16     16     13     10
DK/NA                22            32     27     34     29     30
 
TREND: From what you know about the situation in the Middle East, do your sympathies lie more with Israel or more with the Palestinians?
                     Apr 22  Dec 12
                     2010    2001
More with Israel     57      51
More with Palest     13      13
DK/NA                31      36
 
 
50. Is your opinion of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
Favorable            30%    42%    18%    33%    18%    23%    44%    55%
Unfavorable          14      5     19     16     23     16      5      4
Hvn't hrd enough     54     51     59     49     53     58     48     38
REFUSED               3      2      4      2      5      2      2      3
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
Favorable            37%    23%    34%    35%    32%    58%    32%    17%
Unfavorable          17     10      8     11     12     26     13     13
Hvn't hrd enough     43     64     57     50     53     11     51     66
REFUSED               3      3      1      3      4      4      3      3
 
                     Military      NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Households    Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+
Favorable            39%           27%    36%    19%    32%    35%
Unfavorable          14            10     23      9     15     15
Hvn't hrd enough     46            61     36     70     49     47
REFUSED               2             2      4      2      4      3
 
 
51. Do you think the President of the United States should be a strong supporter of Israel or not?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
Yes/Should           66%    76%    61%    66%    56%    61%    78%    83%
No/Should NOT        19     14     22     21     25     24     12      9
DK/NA                15     10     18     14     19     16      9      9
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
Yes/Should           71%    61%    76%    72%    67%    94%    68%    65%
No/Should NOT        20     18     12     15     22      3     17     19
DK/NA                 9     21     12     13     11      3     15     16
 
                     Military      NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Households    Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+
Yes/Should           75%           65%    69%    55%    69%    72%
No/Should NOT        14            19     18     28     17     13
DK/NA                11            16     13     17     14     15
 
 
52. Do you think President Obama is a strong supporter of Israel or not?
                                                 POL PHILOSOPHY...    PartOfTea
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Lib    Mod    Con    PartyQ17
Yes/Strong           34%    16%    53%    33%    47%    42%    21%    15%
No/Not strong        42     61     20     48     21     34     64     74
DK/NA                24     23     27     19     32     24     15     11
 
                                   WHITE.............
                                   BrnAgn
                     Men    Wom    Evngl  Prot   Cath   Jew    Wht    Blk
Yes/Strong           35%    33%    19%    23%    35%    50%    31%    54%
No/Not strong        49     36     59     54     41     46     45     24
DK/NA                16     31     22     24     23      4     24     22
 
                     Military      NoColl Coll   AGE IN YRS.......
                     Households    Degree Degree 18-34  35-54  55+
Yes/Strong           32%           32%    40%    38%    33%    34%
No/Not strong        49            43     40     39     43     43
DK/NA                20            25     20     23     23     23