Fewer say Obama favors Palestinians

March 29, 2013 at 11:30 AM
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JERUSALEM, March 29 (UPI) -- Last week's visit to Israel by Barack Obama led to a drop in the number of Israelis who say they think the U.S. president favors Palestinians, a poll indicated.

However, the number of people who consider Obama more pro-Israel barely budged, The Jerusalem Post reported Friday.

Two days after Obama finished his Middle East tour, the Smith Research poll said the number of Israelis who said they thought Obama was more pro-Palestinian than pro-Israel had fallen 20 percentage points from an identical poll conducted just before his visit.

The poll results suggested 27 percent of respondents said Obama was more pro-Israel, 16 percent more pro-Palestinian and 39 percent neutral.

That's the highest ranking for Obama of those who consider him more pro-Israel and the lowest ranking by those who say he's him more pro-Palestinian since May 2009, the poll said.

The prior poll indicated 26 percent of those asked said Obama was more pro-Israel, 36 percent more pro-Palestinian and 26 percent neutral.

The first poll of 500 Israelis was taken March 17, three days before Obama arrived in Israel, and the second a week later, two days after he left. The survey had a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

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