June 9, 2011 - Economic Worries Flatten Obama's Osama Bounce, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; More U.S. Voters Back President's Position On Israel

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President Barack Obama's "bin Laden bounce" is flattening out, as American voters give him a 47 - 46 percent job approval rating, down from 52 - 40 percent May 5, immediately after the terrorist's killing. But voters are becoming more pessimistic about the economy and the lead President Obama enjoyed over the Republicans on handling it has disappeared, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today.

By 55 - 12 percent, registered voters sympathize more with Israel than the Palestinians, the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University poll finds. While 66 percent say the president should be a strong supporter of Israel, only 40 percent think that Obama is. Asked about his handling of the issue, 10 percent say it makes them more likely to vote for his re- election while 27 percent say less likely and 58 percent say it won't affect their vote.

As criticism of the war in Afghanistan and the American contribution to the military effort in Libya increases, the public view of both is strongly negative: only 40 percent say the U.S. is doing the right thing in Afghanistan and 35 percent say the U.S. is doing the right thing in Libya.

On the highly charged Medicare issue, American voters trust Obama more than Republicans in Congress by a small 44 - 40 percent margin.

"Although President Barack Obama's overall approval numbers are better than before the killing of bin Laden, he continues to get strongly negative ratings on the economy," said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "What should worry the White House is that 78 percent of voters think the country is in a recession and the number of voters who think a recovery has begun has dropped from 54 - 43 percent in a January 18 Quinnipiac University poll to a negative 45 - 52 percent today."

American voters disapprove 58 - 36 percent of the way Obama is handling the economy, unchanged from the 57 - 37 percent disapproval May 5. While 41 percent trust Obama more to handle the economy, 43 percent trust Republicans in Congress more, reversing a 46 - 37 percent Obama lead on this question May 5.

Looking at overall job approval, Obama's support among political independents, a key group, remains a slightly positive 46 - 43 percent, while he gets an 83 - 11 percent thumbs up from Democrats and an 82 - 13 percent thumbs down from Republicans.

In the Middle East, Americans favor creation of a Palestinian State 45 - 30 percent, but when certain conditions are attached, voters turn strongly negative:
  • Opposing 79 - 5 percent a state if Palestinians don't recognize Israel's right to exist;
  • Opposing 76 - 9 percent a state if the Palestinians don't renounce terrorism;
  • Saying 63 - 22 percent that Israel should not negotiate with a Palestinian government backed by Hamas;
  • Saying 46 - 27 percent that Israel should be able to determine how many, if any, Palestinians are allowed to immigrate to Israel as opposed to allowing any who want to live in Israel;
  • Supporting 42 - 30 percent the creation of a Palestinian state based on Israel's 1967 borders, including mutually agreed upon land swaps.
By 34 - 15 percent, voters have a favorable opinion of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with 49 percent who don't know enough about him to form an opinion.

"While we didn't mention President Obama, more American voters seem to back the Mideast peace plan which the president presented recently. Americans' strong support for Israel in its conflict with the Palestinians remains in place. They give lip service to the idea of a Palestinian state, by an unimpressive plurality, and are strongly in sync with much of Israel's opposition to a deal that includes conditions wanted by the Palestinians," said Brown.

Voters who follow the Mideast situation more closely tend to be more supportive of Israel and less supportive of Obama's handling of the situation.

From May 31 - June 6, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,946 registered voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.2 percentage points. Live interviewers call land lines and cell phones.

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 his job as President?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              47%    13%    83%    46%    44%    50%    40%    86%
Disapprove           46     82     11     43     49     44     53      9
DK/NA                 7      4      5     11      7      6      6      5
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              54%    49%    44%    53%    45%    44%    83%    57%    20%
Disapprove           38     44     51     41     48     50     12     34     76
DK/NA                 8      7      6      6      7      6      5      9      4
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              55%    45%    51%    22%    31%    43%
Disapprove           36     48     43     74     64     51
DK/NA                 9      7      6      5      5      6
 
                     HOW CLOSELY FOLLOWING NEWS OF OBAMA'S 
                     HANDLING OF ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS Q33
                     Very   Smwht  NotToo NtAtAll
 
Approve              33%    46%    56%    55%
Disapprove           64     49     37     31
DK/NA                 3      5      8     14
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as President? (*High also 59% Mar 2009)
                             BIN LADEN DEATH                 APPROVE.......
                             Post    Pre                     High    Low
                     Jun 09  May 05  May 05  Mar 30  Mar 03  Jun 04  Mar 30
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2009*   2011
 
Approve              47      52      46      42      46      59      42
Disapprove           46      40      48      48      46      31      48
DK/NA                 7       8       6      10       8      10      10
 
 
7. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              28%    10%    54%    19%    24%    31%    22%    57%
Disapprove           64     86     37     70     68     60     71     31
DK/NA                 8      4      9     11      8      8      7     12
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              34%    28%    25%    32%    26%    24%    49%    31%    15%
Disapprove           55     66     67     57     69     72     42     60     81
DK/NA                11      7      8     10      5      5      9      9      5
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              27%    27%    29%    14%    17%    23%
Disapprove           61     63     65     81     78     69
DK/NA                12     10      6      5      5      8
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Democrats in Congress are handling their job?
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 09  Mar 31  Mar 03  Jan 18  Nov 17  Mar 4   Nov 17
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2010    2009    2010
 
Approve              28      31      33      33      27      45      27
Disapprove           64      58      57      58      66      45      66
DK/NA                 8      11      10       9       7      10       7
 
 
8. Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              30%    56%    15%    25%    28%    31%    31%    16%
Disapprove           61     36     79     64     63     60     60     73
DK/NA                 9      9      6     11      9      9      8     11
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              32%    32%    26%    28%    31%    37%    12%    22%    47%
Disapprove           56     61     65     61     62     59     82     69     43
DK/NA                12      7      9     11      7      4      6      9      9
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              23%    30%    29%    43%    37%    31%
Disapprove           62     59     65     48     55     60
DK/NA                15     11      6      9      9      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way the Republicans in Congress are handling their job? (*High also 34% Mar 3, 2011 & Mar 2010)
                                                             APPROVE.......
                                                             High    Low
                     Jun 09  Mar 31  Mar 03  Jan 18  Nov 17  Mar 31  Oct 08
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2010    2011*   2009
 
Approve              30      34      34      30      27      34      25
Disapprove           61      55      54      57      63      55      64
DK/NA                 9      11      12      13      10      11      11
 
 
10. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the economy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              36%     7%    70%    32%    34%    39%    30%    74%
Disapprove           58     91     24     60     60     55     65     19
DK/NA                 6      2      6      8      6      6      5      8
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              41%    36%    35%    41%    34%    33%    69%    42%    13%
Disapprove           52     59     59     53     62     63     26     51     83
DK/NA                 7      5      6      6      5      4      5      7      4
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              45%    35%    40%    15%    22%    26%
Disapprove           51     59     55     81     73     69
DK/NA                 4      6      5      5      5      5
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the economy?
                             BIN LADEN DEATH                 APPROVE......
                             Post    Pre                     High    Low
                     Jun 09  May 05  May 05  Mar 30  Mar 03  Mar 04  Mar 30
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2009    2011
 
Approve              36      38      37      34      38      57      34
Disapprove           58      57      57      60      59      33      60
DK/NA                 6       5       6       5       4      10       5
 
 
11. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - foreign policy?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              46%    17%    77%    46%    45%    47%    41%    76%
Disapprove           44     76     15     41     47     42     50     15
DK/NA                10      7      8     13      9     11      8      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              49%    48%    43%    49%    46%    47%    74%    60%    19%
Disapprove           39     44     46     40     47     48     18     31     72
DK/NA                12      8     10     12      7      5      7      9      9
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              49%    42%    54%    25%    32%    46%
Disapprove           38     47     39     66     59     47
DK/NA                13     11      7      9      9      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling foreign policy?
                             BIN LADEN DEATH                 APPROVE.......
                             Post    Pre                     High    Low
                     Jun 09  May 05  May 05  Mar 30  Mar 03  Apr 29  Mar 30
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2009    2011
 
Approve              46      51      43      41      43      57      41
Disapprove           44      39      48      47      45      32      47
DK/NA                10      10      10      12      12      11      12
 
 
12. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the situation in Libya?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              41%    24%    63%    41%    43%    40%    39%    67%
Disapprove           43     64     23     44     47     40     48     17
DK/NA                15     13     14     15     10     20     14     16
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              41%    45%    39%    41%    42%    48%    60%    55%    21%
Disapprove           44     40     46     42     47     43     26     34     62
DK/NA                14     14     16     17     10      9     14     11     16
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              45%    37%    50%    25%    30%    46%
Disapprove           41     46     38     59     53     44
DK/NA                14     17     12     16     17     10
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Libya?
                             BIN LADEN DEATH
                             Post    Pre
                     Jun 09  May 05  May 05  Mar 30
                     2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Approve              41      45      41      41
Disapprove           43      40      48      45
DK/NA                15      15      11      14
 
 
13. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the situation in Afghanistan?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              51%    39%    69%    49%    55%    48%    47%    82%
Disapprove           40     51     25     41     38     41     45     12
DK/NA                 9     11      6     10      7     11      8      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              57%    55%    47%    54%    50%    59%    66%    57%    39%
Disapprove           37     36     43     37     41     37     31     35     48
DK/NA                 7      8     10      8     10      4      3      8     12
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              54%    50%    56%    35%    42%    52%
Disapprove           37     41     37     53     49     39
DK/NA                 9     10      7     12      9      9
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation in Afghanistan? (*Post Bin Laden Death)
                             BIN LADEN DEATH                 APPROVE.......
                             Post    Pre                     High    Low
                     Jun 09  May 05  May 05  Mar 30  Mar 03  May 05  Nov 18
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011*   2009
 
Approve              51      59      41      42      43      59      38
Disapprove           40      30      50      45      46      30      49
DK/NA                 9      10       8      13      11      10      12
 
 
14. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the budget deficit?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              32%     5%    63%    29%    29%    35%    26%    70%
Disapprove           61     92     31     64     66     58     68     24
DK/NA                 6      3      7      8      6      7      6      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              34%    30%    32%    37%    30%    27%    65%    33%    13%
Disapprove           60     63     61     57     64     69     28     60     83
DK/NA                 6      7      7      7      5      4      7      7      4
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              40%    32%    32%    12%    20%    22%
Disapprove           55     62     61     83     75     71
DK/NA                 5      7      6      5      4      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the budget deficit?
                     Jun 09  Mar 30  Mar 03  Apr 21  Feb 11
                     2011    2011    2011    2010    2010
 
Approve              32      30      36      34      33
Disapprove           61      64      58      59      60
DK/NA                 6       6       6       7       7
 
 
15. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling -terrorism?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              63%    39%    89%    62%    65%    61%    58%    92%
Disapprove           31     55      7     29     29     32     35      7
DK/NA                 6      6      4      9      6      7      7      1
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              69%    68%    57%    65%    63%    65%    84%    74%    42%
Disapprove           26     27     35     27     34     30     13     19     52
DK/NA                 5      5      8      7      3      4      3      7      6
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              70%    61%    68%    42%    49%    63%
Disapprove           23     32     27     51     43     30
DK/NA                 7      7      5      7      8      7
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling terrorism?
                             BIN LADEN
                             DEATH
                             Post
                     Jun 09  May 05  May 26  Apr 22  Mar 25  Feb 10  Jan 13
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2010    2010    2010
 
Approve              63      67      49      49      49      49      48
Disapprove           31      27      41      41      41      44      44
DK/NA                 6       7      10      10       9       8       8
 
 
16. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling - the situation between Israel and the Palestinians?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Approve              35%    13%    61%    35%    35%    36%    32%    57%
Disapprove           47     75     20     45     50     44     52     23
DK/NA                17     12     19     20     15     20     16     20
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Approve              38%    36%    34%    37%    33%    43%    62%    44%    14%
Disapprove           41     47     49     43     53     47     19     39     71
DK/NA                20     16     17     19     14     10     18     17     14
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Approve              35%    31%    44%    17%    22%    37%
Disapprove           45     48     45     69     63     47
DK/NA                20     20     11     14     15     17
 
                     HOW CLOSELY FOLLOWING NEWS OF OBAMA'S 
                     HANDLING OF ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS Q33
                     Very   Smwht  NotToo NtAtAll
                     
Approve              29%    34%    44%    30%
Disapprove           68     57     32     20
DK/NA                 2      9     24     50
 
TREND: Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling the situation between Israel and the Palestinians?
                     Jun 09  Apr 22
                     2011    2010
 
Approve              35      35
Disapprove           47      44
DK/NA                17      21
 
 
17. Who do you trust to do a better job handling the economy - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Obama                41%     5%    81%    38%    38%    45%    36%    85%
Reps in Congress     43     85      9     40     45     42     50      6
DK/NA                15     10     10     22     17     13     14      9
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Obama                38%    45%    42%    47%    38%    38%    80%    49%    14%
Reps in Congress     43     41     45     37     46     53     11     33     73
DK/NA                19     14     13     15     16      9      9     18     13
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Obama                46%    40%    46%    17%    26%    35%
Reps in Congress     34     44     43     70     62     51
DK/NA                20     17     11     13     12     14
 
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling the economy, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress? (*Low also 41% Jul 2010)
                             BIN LADEN DEATH                 OBAMA..........
                             Post    Pre                     High    Low
                     Jun 09  May 05  May 05  Mar 03  Jan 18  Aug 06  Jun 09  
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2009    2011*    
                                                                             
Obama                41      46      43      45      46      47      41      
Reps in Congress     43      37      44      45      39      36      43      
DK/NA                15      17      13      10      14      17      15      
 
 
18. Do you think the United States economy is in a recession now?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  78%    85%    70%    78%    77%    79%    80%    67%
No                   19     13     26     20     21     18     18     32
DK/NA                 3      2      3      1      2      3      2      1
 
TREND: Do you think the United States economy is in a recession now?
                     Jun 09  Jan 18  Jul 22  May 26  May 15
                     2011    2011    2010    2010    2008
 
Yes                  78      73      79      74      71
No                   19      24      18      21      24
DK/NA                 3       3       3       5       5
 
 
19. Do you think the economy is beginning to recover or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  45%    30%    62%    43%    46%    45%    42%    66%
No                   52     67     34     54     51     52     55     30
DK/NA                 3      3      4      2      3      3      3      5
 
TREND: Do you think the economy is beginning to recover or not?
                     Jun 09  Jan 18  Jul 22
                     2011    2011    2010
 
Yes                  45      54      44
No                   52      43      52
DK/NA                 3       3       5
 
 
20. Who do you trust to do a better job handling the federal budget deficit - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Obama                39%     5%    78%    34%    34%    42%    33%    75%
Reps in Congress     46     87     12     44     50     43     53     11
DK/NA                15      8     11     22     16     14     13     14
 
TREND: Who do you trust to do a better job handling the budget deficit, President Obama or the Republicans in Congress? (*federal budget deficit)
                             BIN LADEN DEATH
                             Post    Pre
                     Jun 09  May 05  May 05  Mar 3
                     2011*   2011     2011    2011
 
Obama                39      42      42      43
Reps in Congress     46      44      46      46
DK/NA                15      14      11      11
 
 
21. Who do you trust to do a better job handling Medicare, which is the government program which pays for health care for the elderly - President Obama or the Republicans in Congress?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Obama                44%     9%    81%    43%    44%    45%    38%    80%
Reps in Congress     40     77      8     38     41     39     47      9
DK/NA                16     13     11     19     15     16     15     12
 
 
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?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Right thing          40%    53%    30%    37%    46%    34%    39%    37%
Shld not be involved 52     38     62     56     49     56     53     55
DK/NA                 8      9      7      6      5     10      7      7
 
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? (*Pre Bin Laden Death)
                             BIN LADEN DEATH                 RIGHT THING...
                             Post    Pre                     High    Low
                     Jun 09  May 05  May 05  Mar 30  Jan 18  Jan 14  May 05
                     2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2010    2011*
 
Right thing          40      46      34      41      41      59      34
Shld not be involved 52      47      60      50      51      35      60
DK/NA                 8       7       6       9       8       6       6
 
 
23. Do you think the U.S. is doing the right thing by using military force in Libya now, or should the U.S. not be involved in Libya now?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Right thing          35%    35%    40%    33%    38%    31%    35%    36%
Shld not be involved 54     56     48     59     54     54     55     54
DK/NA                11      9     12      8      8     14     10     10
 
TREND: Do you think the U.S. is doing the right thing by using military force in Libya now, or should the U.S. not be involved in Libya now?
                             BIN LADEN DEATH
                             Post    Pre
                     Jun 09  May 05  May 05  Mar 30
                     2011    2011    2011    2011
 
Right thing          35      39      37      41
Shld not be involved 54      48      53      47
DK/NA                11      12      10      12
 
 
29. From what you know about the situation in the Middle East, do your sympathies lie more with Israel or more with the Palestinians?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
ISRAEL               55%    76%    38%    53%    62%    49%    59%    42%
PALESTINIANS         12      4     19     14     14     10     11     13
DK/NA                33     19     42     33     24     40     29     45
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
ISRAEL               46%    59%    58%    53%    59%    59%    34%    48%    75%
PALESTINIANS         13     11     13     11     13     17     24     15      3
DK/NA                41     30     30     36     28     24     42     37     21
 
                     HOW CLOSELY FOLLOWING NEWS OF OBAMA'S
                     HANDLING OF ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS Q33  
                     Very   Smwht  NotToo NtAtAll         
                     
ISRAEL               74%    65%    43%    30%
PALESTINIANS         14     13     13      4
DK/NA                13     21     44     66
 
TREND: From what you know about the situation in the Middle East, do your sympathies lie more with Israel or more with the Palestinians?
                     Jun 09  Apr 22  Dec 12
                     2011    2010    2001
 
ISRAEL               55      57      51
PALESTINIANS         12      13      13
DK/NA                33      31      36
 
 
30. Is your opinion of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Favorable            34%    50%    16%    37%    44%    24%    39%    14%
Unfavorable          15      5     22     17     18     11     14     12
Hvn't hrd enough     49     44     58     43     36     61     45     71
REFUSED               3      1      4      3      2      3      2      3
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Favorable            19%    34%    41%    26%    39%    48%    17%    28%    50%
Unfavorable          14     16     15     13     17     18     30     18      4
Hvn't hrd enough     65     47     42     59     42     32     50     50     45
REFUSED               2      3      2      2      3      2      2      4      1
 
                     HOW CLOSELY FOLLOWING NEWS OF OBAMA'S
                     HANDLING OF ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS Q33  
                     Very   Smwht  NotToo NtAtAll         
 
Favorable            70%    43%    13%     2%
Unfavorable          21     20      9      5
Hvn't hrd enough      9     36     76     90
REFUSED               -      2      3      3
 
TREND: Is your opinion of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu favorable, unfavorable or haven't you heard enough about him?
                     Jun 09  Apr 22
                     2011    2010
 
Favorable            34      30
Unfavorable          15      14
Hvn't hrd enough     49      54
REFUSED               3       3
 
 
31. Do you think the President of the United States should be a strong supporter of Israel or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes/Should           66%    79%    53%    64%    72%    59%    67%    61%
No/Should NOT        18     10     24     18     19     18     17     19
DK/NA                16     11     23     17      9     23     16     20
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes/Should           60%    67%    67%    63%    67%    72%    56%    61%    78%
No/Should NOT        26     19     14     18     20     17     24     22     11
DK/NA                14     14     18     18     13     11     20     17     11
 
                     HOW CLOSELY FOLLOWING NEWS OF OBAMA'S
                     HANDLING OF ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS Q33  
                     Very   Smwht  NotToo NtAtAll         
 
Yes/Should           84%    74%    56%    37%
No/Should NOT        10     17     23     24
DK/NA                 6      9     21     39
 
TREND: Do you think the President of the United States should be a strong supporter of Israel or not?
                     Jun 09  Apr 22
                     2011    2010
 
Yes/Should           66      66
No/Should NOT        18      19
DK/NA                16      15
 
 
32. Do you think President Obama is a strong supporter of Israel or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes/Strong           40%    22%    57%    42%    45%    35%    36%    62%
No/Not strong        39     64     15     37     43     34     44     12
DK/NA                22     14     28     21     12     31     20     26
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes/Strong           42%    44%    37%    41%    42%    42%    63%    52%    19%
No/Not strong        31     37     43     33     41     47     14     26     65
DK/NA                28     19     20     26     17     11     24     23     16
 
                     HOW CLOSELY FOLLOWING NEWS OF OBAMA'S
                     HANDLING OF ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS Q33  
                     Very   Smwht  NotToo NtAtAll         
                     
Yes/Strong           32%    46%    47%    22%
No/Not strong        64     44     26     14
DK/NA                 4      9     28     64
 
TREND: Do you think President Obama is a strong supporter of Israel or not?
                     Jun 09  Apr 22
                     2011    2010
 
Yes/Strong           40      34
No/Not strong        39      42
DK/NA                22      24
 
 
33. How closely have you been following news about President Obama's handling of the situation between Israel and the Palestinians - Would you say you have been following it very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Very closely         20%    27%    14%    18%    26%    15%    22%    14%
Smwht closely        37     39     35     41     40     34     38     26
Not too closely      29     25     35     28     25     33     27     41
Not at all           12      7     15     13      8     17     11     18
DK/NA                 1      1      1      1      1      2      1      -
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
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                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Very closely         19%    18%    25%    26%    25%    18%
Smwht closely        38     35     42     39     42     37
Not too closely      30     31     26     24     23     34
Not at all           13     15      7      9      9     10
DK/NA                 -      1      1      1      2      1
 
 
34. Does President Obama's handling of the situation between Israel and the Palestinians make you more likely to vote for him for re-election, less likely to vote for him for re-election, or doesn't it make a difference?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
More likely          10%     3%    19%     8%    11%     9%     9%    16%
Less likely          27     50      4     27     31     23     33      3
Doesn't make diff    58     43     72     61     56     61     54     75
DK/NA                 5      4      5      5      3      7      4      6
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
More likely          11%     7%    11%    10%     8%    13%    16%    12%     5%
Less likely          18     25     32     22     31     30      6     17     49
Doesn't make diff    64     64     51     61     58     54     73     67     42
DK/NA                 7      4      5      7      3      2      6      4      4
 
                     HOW CLOSELY FOLLOWING NEWS OF OBAMA'S
                     HANDLING OF ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS Q33  
                     Very   Smwht  NotToo NtAtAll         
                     
More likely          14%    12%     7%     3%
Less likely          52     31     12      9
Doesn't make diff    31     55     76     74
DK/NA                 2      2      4     13
 
 
35. Generally speaking, would you support or oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              45%    36%    52%    49%    54%    36%    45%    31%
Oppose               30     43     19     25     31     28     31     31
DK/NA                25     22     28     26     15     35     24     37
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Support              41%    46%    46%    41%    46%    59%    64%    50%    31%
Oppose               32     32     27     30     32     26     16     25     43
DK/NA                27     22     27     29     22     15     21     25     26
 
                     HOW CLOSELY FOLLOWING NEWS OF OBAMA'S
                     HANDLING OF ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS Q33  
                     Very   Smwht  NotToo NtAtAll         
                     
Support              55%    50%    40%    28%
Oppose               35     34     26     19
DK/NA                10     16     34     52
 
 
36. Would you support or oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state, if it is based on Israel's 1967 borders with mutually agreed upon land swaps?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support              42%    34%    50%    44%    45%    38%    43%    31%
Oppose               30     45     17     28     37     24     31     30
DK/NA                28     21     33     28     18     37     26     39
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Support              46%    43%    39%    38%    45%    53%    59%    47%    30%
Oppose               25     30     32     29     33     28     13     24     46
DK/NA                29     27     28     33     22     19     28     29     24
 
                     HOW CLOSELY FOLLOWING NEWS OF OBAMA'S
                     HANDLING OF ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS Q33  
                     Very   Smwht  NotToo NtAtAll         
                     
Support              39%    50%    41%    26%
Oppose               54     34     16     18
DK/NA                 7     16     43     56
 
 
37. Would you support or oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state, if the Palestinians don't recognize Israel's right to exist?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support               5%     4%     6%     6%     8%     3%     4%     7%
Oppose               79     86     74     80     85     74     82     71
DK/NA                15     11     20     14      7     23     13     22
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
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                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Support               6%     5%     6%     3%     4%     6%
Oppose               79     76     86     86     82     80
DK/NA                16     19      8     11     14     14
 
                     HOW CLOSELY FOLLOWING NEWS OF OBAMA'S
                     HANDLING OF ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS Q33  
                     Very   Smwht  NotToo NtAtAll         
 
Support               4%     5%     6%     6%
Oppose               90     88     75     54
DK/NA                 6      7     20     40
 
 
38. Would you support or oppose the establishment of a Palestinian state, if the Palestinians don't renounce terrorism?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Support               9%     7%    10%    10%    10%     8%     8%    11%
Oppose               76     81     73     77     82     72     79     70
DK/NA                14     11     17     14      8     20     13     19
 
                            EDUCATION.... WHITE.............
                     Union  NoColl Coll   BrnAgn
                     HsHlds Degree Degree Evngl  Prot   Cath
 
Support              10%     9%    10%     5%     6%     7%
Oppose               77     75     79     83     81     80
DK/NA                13     16     10     12     13     13
 
                     HOW CLOSELY FOLLOWING NEWS OF OBAMA'S
                     HANDLING OF ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS Q33  
                     Very   Smwht  NotToo NtAtAll         
 
Support               9%    10%    10%     6%
Oppose               85     81     73     62
DK/NA                 5      9     17     31
 
 
39. Do you think the Israeli government should negotiate with a Palestinian government that is backed by Hamas, which is considered by some to be a terrorist organization, or not?
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Yes                  22%    14%    29%    21%    27%    17%    22%    19%
No                   63     76     52     63     65     62     65     61
DK/NA                15     10     19     16      8     21     14     20
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Yes                  25%    23%    20%    18%    22%    32%    36%    26%    11%
No                   60     66     63     64     64     62     48     59     77
DK/NA                15     11     17     18     14      6     16     15     12
 
                     HOW CLOSELY FOLLOWING NEWS OF OBAMA'S
                     HANDLING OF ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS Q33  
                     Very   Smwht  NotToo NtAtAll         
                     
Yes                  23%    26%    20%    11%
No                   73     65     63     49
DK/NA                 4      9     17     40
 
 
40. Which comes closer to your point of view regarding the Palestinians who left Israel during and after the 1948 war and their millions of descendants - A) Israel should be allowed to determine how many if any Palestinians immigrate to Israel or B) Any of the millions of Palestinians who want to should be allowed to immigrate to Israel
                     Tot    Rep    Dem    Ind    Men    Wom    Wht    Blk
 
Israel decides       46%    61%    33%    47%    52%    41%    49%    35%
All allowed          27     19     37     24     29     25     23     39
DK/NA                27     21     30     29     19     34     27     26
 
                     AGE IN YRS.......    INCOME.............  POL PHIL.........
                     18-34  35-54  55+    <50    50-100 >100K  Lib    Mod    Con
 
Israel decides       43%    48%    48%    42%    48%    59%    33%    43%    59%
All allowed          40     28     20     30     29     23     40     31     18
DK/NA                18     24     32     28     23     18     27     26     24
 
                     HOW CLOSELY FOLLOWING NEWS OF OBAMA'S
                     HANDLING OF ISRAEL/PALESTINIANS Q33  
                     Very   Smwht  NotToo NtAtAll         
 
Israel decides       65%    52%    34%    32%
All allowed          22     27     32     27
DK/NA                14     22     33     41
 

Demographic Summary