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Kurska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-11-11 04:32 PM
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CNN poll shows rise in American sympathy for Israel
Pro-Israel feelings up since 2009, according to telephone survey of adult Americans; 82% say Israel is a friend or ally of the United States.

A new poll conducted by American news network CNN has reported that 67 percent of the American public feel sympathy for Israelis and not Palestinians, compared with 16% who claim to side with the Palestinians rather than Israel.

The poll was conducted by telephone from May 24-26. 1,007 adult Americans were asked their opinions on several different countries, including Israel.

The results show that pro-Israel feelings are on the rise in the United States. In a similar survey conducted in 2009, only 60 percent of the population sample expressed pro-Israel feelings, while 17%, one percentage point higher than 2011's poll, claimed to sympathize with the Palestinians.

http://www.jpost.com/International/Article.aspx?id=224544
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Exilednight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 08:25 AM
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1. There's a big difference between
calling someone a friend or ally, and expressing sympathy for a country. Yes, Israel is considered an ally of the United States, but does that equate to American feeling sympathy for Israel?
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shira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 09:17 AM
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2. Sympathy with Israel is up from 60% in 2009.
Edited on Sun Jun-12-11 09:18 AM by shira
35% say the U.S. should take Israel's side while just 1% favors backing the Palestinians.


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Exilednight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 09:29 AM
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3. 35% does not equal 60%. Again, big difference between ally and sympathy. Show me a poll where
Americans say they are "sympathetic" or "have sympathy" for Israel.

If you're going to post numbers, the please supply the questions and responses with link to the poll.
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shira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 12:35 PM
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4. Here ya go...enjoy.
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Exilednight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 12:58 PM
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5. Wow, you really misrepresented the numbers. Only 48% claim to sympathize
with Israel, far cry from your above posted 60%. Also, you stated that "just 1% favors backing the Palestinians". According to the poll you posted, it's 11%.



Poll question: "In the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians, which side do you sympathize with more: Israel or the Palestinians?"

Israel: 48% Palestine: 11%

Poll question: "In the Middle East conflict, do you think the United States should take Israel's side, take the Palestinians' side, or not take either side?"

Israel: A dismal 32% Palestine: 1% Neither: A Whopping 65%

Looks like public opinion is divided towards the flotilla.

Poll question: "As you may know, Israel recently acted to blockade ships bringing aid to Palestine, citing security concerns. Do you support or oppose Israel's actions?"

Favor: 40% Oppose: 40% Unsure: 20%

Although this poll was taken about a year ago, I would like to see what it is today.

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shira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 01:13 PM
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6. You're not reading very carefully...
CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll. May 24-26, 2011. Adults nationwide.

.

"In the Middle East situation, are your sympathies more with the Israelis or more with the Palestinians?" N=503 (Version A), margin of error 4.5

.

Israelis Palestinians Both (vol.) Neither (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %
5/24-26/11

67 16 5 9 3
1/12-15/09

60 17 5 15 4
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Exilednight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 01:16 PM
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7. I went to the link you posted and went with the most recent poll numbers. n/t
Edited on Sun Jun-12-11 01:18 PM by Exilednight
Edited to add: Pew Research Center. May 25-30, 2011.

Pew Research Center. May 25-30, 2011. N=1,509 adults nationwide. Margin of error 3.5.


.

"In the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians, which side do you sympathize with more: Israel or the Palestinians?"


.


Israel


Palestinians


Both (vol.)


Neither (vol.)
Unsure
% % % % %


5/25-30/11
48 11 4 15 21
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shira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 01:44 PM
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10. I gave you the CNN results, showing sympathy up from 60% to 67%. But the real kicker...
Edited on Sun Jun-12-11 01:45 PM by shira
...is that only 1% say the US should take the Palestinians' side, presumably your position.

So your views are supported by maybe 1% of the US population at best.
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Exilednight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 02:19 PM
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13. No, you just picked the poll that supported your opinion. It's like a Fox news viewer, you look for
information that fits your preconceived beliefs.

Funny how Pew came up with a completely different, and probably more realistic, poll numbers.
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shira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 02:34 PM
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14. The OP is about the CNN poll, which I commented on and then supplied a link.
Edited on Sun Jun-12-11 02:36 PM by shira
Fox news has nothing to do with this.

Of course you like the Pew numbers better, so tell me what you make of 95-98% of Arabs in nations surrounding Israel having negative antisemitic views of Jews...
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=124&topic_id=345180&mesg_id=345451

Those are Pew results, BTW.

I ask because if you read that thread, you'll find others there rejecting certain facts that don't conform to the narrative they religiously believe in. Call it "narratitis syndrome".

When you brought up Pew, you reminded me of that thread.
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Exilednight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 04:11 PM
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15. The Pew results have more weight. There's a history and not a one time poll. It shows a steady
consistency in the numbers. CNN has a one time poll.
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oberliner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 04:39 PM
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17. You are wrong about the CNN poll - it trends back to 1988
The CNN polling data includes over 25 different polls over the past 20+ years asking the same question and tracking the results (with the most recent being May of 2011).

I guess you haven't had a chance to actually look at the poll yet.

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Exilednight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 04:42 PM
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18. I went to the link provided by Shira, there was no history, but there was for the Pew poll. If you
have a link showing past poll results for the same question, then share it.
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oberliner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 04:47 PM
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21. I provided you with a link to the CNN poll in response to your post #7
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Exilednight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 04:53 PM
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22. You call that a consistent history? CNN's last poll was 5 years ago. In the time that CNN


conducted their last poll, Pew conducted 6 of them.
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oberliner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 04:59 PM
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23. Again, you are mistaken - the most recent CNN poll prior to this one was in 2009
Edited on Sun Jun-12-11 05:00 PM by oberliner
In fact, I pointed out one of the major differences between the 2009 and 2011 polls in the excerpt I provided for you in my response.

Pew has conducted one poll in the interim between the two most recent CNN polls.
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Exilednight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 05:05 PM
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24. Alright, so CNN has conducted 3 polls to Pew's 6. Not to mention that Pew has larger
sampling with lower MOE.
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oberliner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 05:11 PM
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25. I think age of respondents accounts for the differences
The CNN poll looks like it skews older than the Pew poll.

In the Pew poll, they specifically asked for the youngest adult in the home to answer the questions.

From looking at the data in the CNN poll, the age categories indicate an older sample.
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oberliner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 01:50 PM
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11. You went to the wrong poll
It looks like the link you were given did not direct you to the CNN poll.

Here is a link to the CNN poll:

http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2011/images/05/31/rel9e.pdf

The question asked in that poll is:

In the Middle East situation, are your sympathies more with the Israelis or more with the Palestinians?

Results:

Israelis: 67%
Palestinians: 16%
Both: 5%
Neither: 9%
No opinion: 3%

That is as of May 24-26, 2011.

In 2009, the percentage choosing Israel was only 60% (with "Neither" receiving a significantly higher share of 15%)
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azurnoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 01:34 PM
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8. the poll you post with link was a Pew poll not the CNN poll you claim N/T
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shira Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 01:42 PM
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9. Just read on. The CNN poll follows the Pew results. n/t
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oberliner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 01:52 PM
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12. Link provided to full CNN poll in post above
It's a big PDF file so I posted an excerpt.
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azurnoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 04:34 PM
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16. yep I know that but Pew polled a larger number of people and had a smaller error margin
the poll results are completely different
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Exilednight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 04:43 PM
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19. Thank you, finally someone who understands polls. n/t
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oberliner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 04:45 PM
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20. One percent difference in margin of error - not that significant
What is significant is the age of the people who were interviewed.

In the Pew poll - "Respondents in the landline sample were selected by randomly asking for the youngest adult male or female who is now at home"

Seems from the numbers that the Pew poll skewed much younger than the CNN one.
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azurnoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 05:24 PM
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26. aha it should be noted that fewer 'younger' people have land lines anymore
Edited on Sun Jun-12-11 05:24 PM by azurnoir
no one under 40 that I know does, the younger in a household could well be the difference between 55 and 56 also you fail to note that Pew used 1/3 more people than CNN
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oberliner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 05:41 PM
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27. The Pew poll was 2/3rd land line and 1/3rd cell phone
Edited on Sun Jun-12-11 05:41 PM by oberliner
The CNN poll does not indicate one way or the other, but I believe they are still land-line only.
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