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ISRAEL & THE MIDDLE EAST

  • 51% Support U.S. Recognizing Jerusalem as Capital of Israel

    As the Israelis and Palestinians clash along the Gaza Strip, voters feel much more strongly these days that the United States should recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. 

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 51% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the United States should recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel despite widespread opposition in the Muslim world, up from 40% in December.  Twenty-nine percent (29%) disagree, but a sizable 20% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on May 14-15, 2018, 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.

  • 38% of Voters See Better U.S.-Israeli Relations Under Trump

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week attempted to convince President Trump to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, one of the only major world leaders to do so. A plurality of voters thought after the 2016 election that Trump would improve relations with Israel, and many now think that has come to fruition.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 38% of Likely U.S. Voters think America’s relations with Israel have gotten better since President Trump took office. Just 20% think those relations have gotten worse, while 31% think they have stayed about the same. Another 10% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on April 26 & 29, 2018 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.

  • Fewer Voters See Syria As a Vital National Security Interest

    As President Trump talks to his staff about pulling U.S. troops out of Syria, fewer voters see the war-torn nation as a vital national security interest for the United States. And nearly half continue to believe the best way to handle the Syrian crisis is to leave it alone.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 42% of Likely U.S. Voters believe Syria is a vital national security interest for the United States these days, down from 51% a year ago and the mid- to upper-50s in 2016. In 2015, however, 47% felt the Middle East country was key to national security in America.

    Thirty-one percent (31%) don’t view Syria as a vital national security interest for the United States, while nearly as many (27%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely U.S. Voters was conducted on April 2-3, 2018 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.

  • Few Think U.S.-Saudi Relations Help Stability in the Middle East

    President Trump praised the United States' relationship with Saudi Arabia in a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, but it appears voters aren't as enthusiastic as the president.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 29% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the United States’ relationship with Saudi Arabia has helped stability in the Middle East, while 25% feel it hurts stability in that region. Twenty-six percent (26%) think U.S.-Saudi Arabia relations have had no impact on the stability of the Middle East. Another 20% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on March 21-22, 2018 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 Now More Confident U.S. Is Winning War Against ISIS

    The United States is expected to begin pulling troops out of Iraq after the government there declared victory over the Islamic State Group (ISIS), and more voters now agree that  America  and its allies have won that war.

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 58% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the United States and its allies are winning the war against ISIS, up from 47% in September. Just nine percent (9%) now believe ISIS is winning that war, down from 16%, while 21% believe neither side is winning. Another 12% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on February 5-6, 2018 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 Support Cutting Military, Financial Aid to Pakistan

    The U.S. government has suspended hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Pakistan, and most voters think that’s a good idea. 

    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 53% of Likely U.S. Voters believe if the nation’s officials conclude that Pakistan is not doing enough to help fight terrorism, the United States should suspend all or at least part of the military and financial aid it gives to the Middle East nation. Twenty-three percent (23%) disagree, while just as many (24%) are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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    The survey of 1,000 Likely Voters was conducted on January 2-3, 2018 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.

  • 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.