Thursday, February 17, 2011

Gallup: 68% of Americans view Israel favorable, highest since '91 Gulf war

A substantial majority of Americans -- 68 percent -- continue to rate Israel favorably, according to the latest Gallup Poll.

Israel ranked seventh among 21 countries in this year's poll, conducted Feb. 2-5, behind, in order, Canada, Britain, Germany, Japan, India and France.

Iran scored last, with 11 percent approval. The Palestinian Authority scored fifth from last, with 19 percent approval.

In analyzing the results, Gallup said in a statement: "Countries that are friendly to the United States and supportive of its foreign policy are generally rated positively, while countries that are unfriendly to the United States and oppose its policies are rated negatively."