Netanyahu favorable rating plummets among U.S. Democratic voters

Ron Kampeas

WASHINGTON (JTA) — U.S. favorability ratings for Benjamin Netanyahu among likely U.S. voters dropped dramatically among those who lean Democratic in the aftermath of the Israeli prime minister’s speech to the U.S. Congress, a Gallup poll showed.

Netanyahu’s overall favorable ratings dropped to 38 percent in the March 5-8 poll posted Wednesday by the polling outfit, down from 45 percent in a Feb. 8-11 survey.

Among Democrats/leaning Democratic, favorability plummeted to 17 percent from 32 percent in the February poll. Republican approval rose to 62 percent from 60 percent, remaining within the margin of error.

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The March poll canvassed 1,025 adults and has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

It was launched two days after Netanyahu, who is running for reelection on March 17, delivered his controversial speech to a joint meeting of Congress.

Netanyahu arranged his speech with the congressional Republican leadership without informing President Barack Obama or congressional Democrats. He used the speech to counter Obama’s Iran policies.