Approval for Netanyahu among U.S. Dems drops

Ron Kampeas

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A poll of American voters showed a substantial increase in Benjamin Netanyahu’s disapproval ratings among Democrats.

The poll published Friday by the Brookings Institution showed disapproval ratings for the Israeli prime minister rising from 22 percent to 34 percent since last year among Democratic voters. His favorable ratings dropped from 25 percent to 18 percent, while the “neither favorable nor unfavorable” column remained the largest, 35 percent this year and 38 percent last year.

Among Republicans, Netanyahu’s favorability ratings did not budge – 51 percent this year as opposed to 49 percent last year, within the poll’s 3.3 percentage point margin of error.

Unfavorables among GOP voters were 13 percent this year and 9 percent last year, and the “neither” column was 26 percent this year and 30 percent last year.

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Netanyahu clashed openly with President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress over the last year on the Iran nuclear deal. He agreed, against the wishes of the president and Democratic leaders in Congress, to accept an invitation from the Republican congressional leadership to address Congress. In that March speech, he strongly opposed Obama’s Iran policy.

The survey, from Nov. 4-10, was of 875 adults.

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