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American Allies: Rasmussen – Support Against Iran Up Across the Board for Israel

There appears to be some contrast between American voters & positions of the new Administration

With the screws ever tightening between Washington & Jerusalem and Obama looking to seemingly squeeze the Jewish nation, Americans polled show increasing support numbers for their ally Israel facing an Iranian threat. Rasmussen reports a fairly dramatic 7% poll lift for Israel since last summer on the question of military force, and the USA coming to assist Israel should we be forced to strike..

Forty-nine percent (49%) of Americans say that if Israel launches an attack against Iran, the United States should help Israel. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey found that 37% believe the United States should do nothing while just 2% believe the U.S. should help Iran.

Last summer, just 42% said the United States should help Israel while 46% said the nation should do nothing.

Sixty-four percent (64%) of Republicans say that the U.S. should help Israel as do 50% of those not affiliated with either major political party. A plurality of Democrats (44%) say that the U.S. should do nothing. [...]

These are fairly astounding numbers, when one considers the USA’s current difficulties economically, and engagements in Iraq & Afghanistan. The numbers are heartening & a testament to the nations’ eternal friendship. Up until recently Israel seemingly enjoyed special status with our American friends, that status is being tested by the new Democratic administration. The numbers below are no less enlightening. Rasmussen also polled about what poses the biggest national security threat to the USA: Iran topped both North Korea, Pakistan & Afghanistan with voters.

Support explodes upward in further surveys..

Sixty-six percent (66%) of all voters now say that preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons is more important than preventing war between Iran and Israel. That’s up fourteen percentage points from 52% last July.

Just 23% now say preventing war between Iran and Israel is more important than stopping Iran from getting nuclear weapons. [...]

One notices nowhere are the words Quid Pro Quo, or ‘Concessions to the Palestinians’ mentioned as conditional for the American public’s generous support, positions the new administration now seemingly intends to hold over Israel in return for ‘aid to the Jewish State’ regarding Iran.

In fact, just the opposite is the case. The polls go on to reveal that the vast majority of Americans put the blame regarding the conflict two months ago with Hamas, squarely on the Palestinians. Obama during his transition refused to comment on the issue.

A full 82% of Americans are impressively informed on events as well, stating they are following recent news on the Iranian issue. One begins to wonder just how popular the seemingly anti-Israel positions of the new White House may be with the American public going forward. It may take a lot of teleprompters to convince Americans leaving Israel hanging out to dry is a good idea if tensions rise higher..

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