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ISRAEL & THE MIDDLE EAST

  • For U.S. Voters, Trump’s Jerusalem Decision Is A Close Call

    Voters are closely divided over President Trump’s decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but among those who value the Jewish state most as a U.S. ally, the majority thinks it’s a good idea.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 40% of Likely U.S. Voters think the United States should recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel despite widespread opposition in the Muslim world. Nearly as many (36%) are opposed, but one-in-four voters (24%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on December 6-7, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Voters See Anti-Semitism As a Serious Problem In U.S.

    While most voters believe that anti-Semitism is a serious problem in America, they don’t believe that sentiment is fueling criticisms of Israeli government policies.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 65% of Likely U.S. Voters think anti-Semitism is at least a somewhat serious problem in America today, including 24% who believe it’s a Very Serious problem. Twenty-nine percent (29%) don’t believe anti-Semitism is a serious issue, with five percent (5%) who think it’s Not At all Serious. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on July 10-11, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • 52% Say Trump Travel Ban Anti-Terrorist, Not Anti-Muslim

    Half of voters still favor President Trump’s temporary travel ban and see it as an anti-terrorist measure, not religious discrimination. Voters also think the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to uphold the ban.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 50% of Likely U.S. Voters favor temporarily barring entry to the United States of people from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen until the federal government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists from coming here. Forty-one percent (41%) are opposed. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on June 4-5, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Most Say ISIS Must Be Totally Destroyed To Stop Terror

    The radical Islamic State group (ISIS) has proudly taken credit for the slaughter of innocents earlier this week at a concert in Manchester, England, and voters here strongly agree with President Trump that ISIS needs to be totally wiped out.

    The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 87% of Likely U.S. Voters consider ISIS a serious threat to the United States, with 61% who say it’s a Very Serious one. Just 10% describe the radical terror group as a not very or Not At All Serious threat to this country. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on May 23-24, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Voters Say U.S.-Israel Relations Better for Middle East Than Ties to Saudis

    President Trump has visited both Saudi Arabia and Israel as part of his first foreign trip as President of the United States this week. But voters believe this country’s relationship with Israel is more important to stability in the Middle East than the relationship with Saudi Arabia is.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 44% of Likely U.S. Voters think the United States’ relationship with Israel has helped stability in the Middle East. Just 33% say the same of our relationship with Saudi Arabia. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on May 21-22, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Most Say Saudis Need to Do More to Fight Radical Islamic Terrorism

    President Trump traveled to Saudi Arabia this week to reinvigorate the U.S.-Saudi alliance, but voters still think there’s a long way to go.

    Just 21% of Likely U.S. Voters now view Saudi Arabia as an ally of the United States, according to a new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey. That compares to 17% in January of last year and 26% in January 2015.

    Eleven percent (11%) consider the Saudis an enemy, but that’s down dramatically from the 29% of Americans who felt that way six years ago. Fifty-nine percent (59%) rate them somewhere in between. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on May 21-22, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Most Support Trump’s Airstrike But See Syria As A UN Problem

    Most voters support President Trump’s missile strike on Syria but feel further action against the Syrian government should come from the United Nations and not the United States alone.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters favor the president’s decision to launch a major airstrike against the Syrian military airfield responsible for a chemical weapons attack on civilians.  Thirty-two percent (32%) are opposed to that attack, while 11% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on April 9-10, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Voters Lean Toward Two-State Solution for Israelis, Palestinians

    President Trump last week appeared to back away from the longstanding U.S. policy position that a separate Palestinian state is essential to any peace settlement between the Israelis and Palestinians. But voters here tend to see that as key to any successful agreement.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 57% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the United States should play an active role in helping to resolve the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians. Twenty-seven percent (27%) disagree. Sixteen percent (16%) are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 16 and 19, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Most See Increased Danger from New Middle Eastern Refugees

    While President Trump’s refugee freeze is tied up in the courts, the State Department has sped up acceptance of newcomers from the Middle Eastern terrorist havens targeted by the freeze. Most voters think that’s making America less safe.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 54% of Likely U.S. Voters believe increasing the number of refugees from Syria, Iraq and other suspect Middle Eastern and African countries poses an increased national security risk to the United States. Thirty-three percent (33%) disagree, while 12% are undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 12-13, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

  • Most Still Favor Refugee Freeze

    Despite continuing protests and legal challenges, just over half of voters favor President Trump's temporary refugee ban, although there's a lot less concern about the threat of domestic Islamic terrorism.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 52% of Likely U.S. Voters favor a ban that keeps refugees from all countries from entering the United States for the next four months until there is a better system in place to keep out individuals who are terrorist threats. Forty-three percent (43%) are opposed. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on January 31-February 1, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.