Love, True Love, and Statistics

By Elliot Jager

Tikvah Fund, June 14, 2011

The depth of sympathy for the Jewish state among ordinary Americans ought to be cause for positive amazement. In stark contrast to strikingly negative European attitudes, a far-reaching CNN poll released on May 31 presents an uplifting picture of American public opinion toward Israel: 65 percent of those surveyed had a generally favorable attitude. Equally heartening is a recent Rasmussen poll, according to which 71 percent of Americans want the Palestinian Arabs to acknowledge Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state. The persistently critical media coverage of Israel's West Bank, settlement, and security policies notwithstanding, ordinary Americans are sensitive to Israel's predicaments, grieve for its losses, and celebrate its flourishing presence in the Middle East.

Topic: Israel Attachment, Arab-Israeli Conflict, Survey, Israeli-Arab Conflict, Public Opinion, US-Israel Relations

Name of Publication: Jewish Ideas Daily

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Coverage: Israel , United States

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