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Americans' Views of Benjamin Netanyahu Little Changed

Americans' Views of Benjamin Netanyahu Little Changed

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Despite the threat of indictments for corruption, bribery and other serious charges hanging over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his own country, Americans' views of Netanyahu are little changed compared with nine months ago.

In Gallup's April 17-30 survey, 40% of Americans say they have a favorable view of Netanyahu, which is similar to the 37% in August 2018. Meanwhile, 27% today versus 29% in August view him unfavorably, while about a third in both polls have not heard of him or have no opinion.

Line graph. Americans’ views of Benjamin Netanyahu changed little, with 40% seeing him favorably, compared with 37% last year.

Not all the news between the two Gallup measures of Netanyahu was negative. In fact, the new poll was conducted about a week after Netanyahu won another term in Israeli's parliamentary elections.

Netanyahu is less popular among Americans today than he was at his peak in February 2017, when nearly half of U.S. adults viewed him favorably. That reading came shortly before a highly publicized meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Netanyahu, perhaps accounting for the higher level of approval among Americans.

While 40% of all Americans view Netanyahu favorably, support is lower or higher than that among some subgroups. Republicans in particular have positive views of the Israeli prime minister, with 65% viewing him favorably, compared with 18% of Democrats. This is not surprising, as Gallup has previously found that Republicans tend to hold substantially more positive views of Israel than Democrats do.

Favorability of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Among Key U.S. Demographic Groups
% Who view Netanyahu favorably
April 2019
All Americans 40
White 46
Nonwhite 27
18-29 26
30-49 35
50-64 49
65+ 49
Political affiliation
Republican 65
Independent 37
Democrat 18
Gallup, April 17-30, 2019

Additionally, Netanyahu is viewed more positively by older Americans, with 49% of the 50-64 and 65 and older age groups having a favorable opinion of him. This is compared with 26% of 18- to 29-year-olds and 35% of 30- to 49-year-olds who say the same.

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