Thursday, March 18, 2010

That Rassmussen Poll

This one:

49% Say Israel Should Stop Building Settlements As Part of Peace Deal

First of all, remember that

Fifty-five percent (55%) of voters say they have followed news stories about Biden’s trip to Israel at least somewhat closely. Forty-three percent (43%) didn’t follow that news closely, if at all.

And second, that was a sample of 1000 persons only.

Now, to the results:

Forty-nine percent (49%) of U.S. voters think Israel should be required to stop those settlements as part of a peace deal with the Palestinians.


just 22% of voters disagree and believe Israel should not be required to stop building those settlements. Another 29% are not sure.

So there is room to work for 51% do not quite think the construction should stop.

Now, the area - was a difference made between Jerusalem, east & west and north & south and Judea & Samaria - made? Or were those polled not informed of the difference?

Next, does not this mean that everything is moot?

Seventy-five percent (75%) agree, however, that the Palestinians should be required to acknowledge Israel’s right to exist as part of a peace deal, although that’s down six points from last June. Only six percent (6%) disagree with that. Twenty percent (20%) are undecided.

But 73% also think it is unlikely that there will be lasting peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis in the next decade, consistent with findings in previous surveys. This includes 19% who say it is not at all likely.

This, though, is significant:

Fifty-eight percent (58%) of voters now say Israel is an ally of the United States, while two percent (2%) view the Jewish state as an enemy. For 32%, the country is somewhere in between the two.

In a separate survey in August of last year, 70% of Americans rated Israel as a U.S. ally.

In September, 59% said America should provide military assistance to Israel if it is attacked. It’s one of only five countries that most Americans feel that way about.

But now that the issue is framed as one of Obama vs. Israel, that result is to be expected.

But look at this gender differentiation:

Fifty-six percent (56%) of male voters say Israel should be required to stop new settlements in the disputed territory as part of a peace deal with the Palestinians, but just 42% of female voters agree.

All in all, not bad at all.

But it behooves Yesha people to work better with Congress and to have a separate advocacy group for the US.

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