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Poll: US-Israel Ties Important to Our Security, 79 Percent of Americans Say

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By    |   Wednesday, 28 Dec 2016 03:39 PM

Tension between the United States and Israel after the Obama administration refused to veto a U.N. Security Council resolution that condemns settlements has not affected the relative views of American voters on Israel's importance to U.S. national security.

The percent of those likely voters who consider America's relationship with Israel to be at least somewhat important to U.S. national security, 79 percent, has stayed about the same since the question was asked in February 2015, according to a Rasmussen Reports survey released Wednesday.

The poll also showed 33 percent think U.S. support for Israel helps the United States with other nations, which is higher than the 19 percent who thought so during the Israel-Gaza war in July 2014.

Meanwhile, 27 percent say American support for Israel hurts the U.S. with other countries, which is down from the 34 percent in the July 20124 survey.

Other results from the poll include:

  • 21 percent say the relationship with Israel has no impact on America's standing with other nations, while 19 percent are undecided.
  • While voters in most demographic groups consider America's relationship with Israel to be at least somewhat important to U.S. national security, Republicans are more likely to think that way than Democrats, 85 percent to 77 percent.
  • Also, those over the age of 65 are more likely to think America's relationship with Israel to be at least somewhat important to U.S. national security than those under 40, 85 percent to 74 percent.
  • 25 percent of Americans in the July 2014 survey said that the U.S. is generally too supportive of Israel, while 28 percent said America is not supportive enough.

The survey of 1,000 likely voters was conducted Dec. 26-27 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points, with a 95 percent level of confidence.

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