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Poll: US Citizens in Israel Support Trump By 5 Points Over Clinton

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By    |   Thursday, 03 Nov 2016 03:15 PM

U.S. citizens in Israel prefer the Donald Trump by 5 points over Hillary Clinton, according to a poll.

The survey, sponsored by I Vote Israel, a non-partisan get-out-the-vote campaign, surveyed 1,140 U.S. citizens who cast absentee ballots in the election and another 200 citizens who did not vote.

The results:

  • Trump: 49 percent.
  • Clinton: 44 percent.

"If you take into account there's a margin of error of about 3 percent, it's very, very close. I wouldn’t say there's a clear winner," pollster Mitchell Barak said.

The results appear to show a sharp drop-off in Republican support from the previous presidential election in 2012.

In that vote:

  • Republican candidate Mitt Romney: 85 percent.
  • Democratic incumbent Barack Obama: 14 percent.

Fewer U.S. citizens in Israel are voting in the U.S. election this time. I Vote Israel’s national director Eitan Charnoff estimated that 30,000 citizens had sent in absentee ballots compared to more than 80,000 voters believed to have cast ballots in 2012.

Out of the 200 in the poll who said they did not vote, 21 percent said they did not like either candidate.

Republicans Overseas Israel's Abe Katsman rejected the poll's results, saying it understated Trump’s support. Katsman said there was a drive to get "Hebrew-speaking Trump-supporting citizens" to vote, but the email survey was only in English.

Twenty-five percent of those in the poll who said they were registered Democrats voted for Trump, while 10 percent of Republicans crossed party lines to vote for Clinton.

A large part of the poll’s voters - 49 percent - said they were voting to prevent the election of their opposing party’s candidate. Among those:

  • Trump voters wanting to prevent Clinton from winning: 60 percent.
  • Clinton voters wanting to prevent Trump from winning: 39 percent.

The six-nation nuclear agreement led by the U.S. with Iran stirred strong opinions among those polled.

  • Oppose: 75 percent.
  • Support: 17 percent.
  • Don’t know: 8 percent.

As for which foreign policy issue the new president should focus upon:

  • Fighting global terrorism: 54 percent.
  • The Iranian nuclear threat: 18 percent.
  • The Israeli-Palestinian conflict: 2 percent.

While the Republicans Abroad group is getting out the vote for Trump, The Washington Post reported that a Democrats Abroad group is reorganizing and is not very active.

"The Republicans are aware that in the last 30 years a very large proportion of Americans who have moved to Israel are orthodox, and they are generally right-wing in both Israeli and American politics," political scientist Jonathan Rynhold said.


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U.S. citizens in Israel prefer the Donald Trump by 5 points over Hillary Clinton, according to a poll. The survey, sponsored by I Vote Israel, a non-partisan get-out-the-vote campaign, surveyed 1,140 U.S. citizens who cast absentee ballots in the election and another 200...
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