Meanwhile, the New America Foundation released a poll of 1,000 Israelis last week showing that Obama is more popular among residents of the Jewish state than had been believed previously, but he's still not all that well-liked. Forty-one percent of Israelis have favorable feelings toward Obama, with 37 percent expressing an unfavorable opinion of the U.S. president, according to the poll, which had a margin of error of 3.1 percent.Jim Gerstein of Gerstein/Agne Strategic Communications, which conducted the New America Foundation survey, said the earlier poll has been mischaracterized as Obama's approval rating in Israel, and noted that if one adds the 35 percent in the Post poll who answered "neutral" to the 4 percent who said Obama was "pro-Israel," one gets a result consistent with the 41 percent in the New America poll.That U.S. number "should be the same as the president's," said [Gil Tamary]. He added that [Bill Clinton]'s much higher popularity demonstrated that Obama's problem is more about "the way he handles the Israeli public."
Do Obama Polls Show 'Buyers' Remorse'? Eric Fingerhut Jewish Exponent; Dec 24, 2009; 227, 13; Docstoc pg. 1 Reproduced with permission of the copyright
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