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Poll: Obama's popularity in Israel waning

U.S. President Barack Obama UPI/Neal Hamberg/Pool
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JERUSALEM, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama's popularity is waning among Israeli Jews who believe his policies are more pro-Palestinian than pro-Israeli, a poll indicates.

Fifty-one percent of the participants in the poll, conducted for the Jerusalem Post, said they felt Obama's policies are more pro-Palestinian, compared to 50 percent in a June poll.

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Smith Research conducted the poll and asked 500 Israeli Jews for their opinion this week, the newspaper said Friday. The margin of error was placed at 4.5 percent.

The new poll was conducted before reports surfaced that Obama had agreed to exclude Jerusalem from any future construction freeze, the paper noted.

A similar poll conducted by the newspaper in May indicated 31 percent believed Obama to be pro-Israeli and 14 percent pro-Palestinian, the newsaper said.

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