June 7, 2010 Israeli Poll on aftermath of Ship Boarding: Top Line Results

Strong Israeli Support for Netanyahu, Ship Boarding and Gaza Blockade; Strong Israeli Dissatisfaction With American Reaction and President Obama

PRINCETON, N.J., June 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Pechter Middle East Polls (PMEP) releases data from a nationally representative telephone survey of 500 Israeli Jews conducted in Hebrew June 7, 2010. The margin of error is +/- 4%.

The poll was undertaken in the aftermath of the May 31, 2010 Israeli ship boarding in international waters off Gaza that left nine activists dead and several Israeli commandos injured.

Eighty five percent (85%) of the respondents indicated that Israel either did not use enough force (39%) or used the right amount of force (46%) regarding the recent ship boarding incident. Only eight percent (8%) felt the Israelis used too much force. Sixty one percent (61%) felt that Israel should not adjust its tactics to elicit a more favorable international reaction.

Seventy three percent (73%) of those polled indicated that Israel should not open up Gaza to international humanitarian shipments. A majority of those polled, fifty six percent (56%) indicated that Israel should not agree to an international inquiry committee to investigate the incident.

Responding to rumors that Turkish PM Erdogan is planning to come in person on a ship accompanied by Turkish Navy in order to break through the blockade, seventy five percent (75%) of those polled indicated that Israel should stop him whatever it takes. Regarding news reports that Iran is planning to send Red Crescent ships to Gaza, eighty four percent (84%) of those polled said stop them whatever it takes.

Political leaders fared differently in the poll. Fifty three percent (53%) were satisfied with Prime Minister Netanyahu’s job performance while only forty one percent (41%) were satisfied with Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s job performance. Seventy one percent (71%) disliked U.S. President Barack Obama with forty seven percent (47%) expressing a strong dislike. In all, sixty three percent (63%) of those polled were dissatisfied with the American government’s reaction to the incident.

More complete results of the survey will be posted on pechterpolls.com.

About Pechter Middle East Polls

Pechter Middle East Polls (PMEP) was founded with the purpose of creating a more accurate, meaningful portrait of public opinion in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and select other countries. Over the last year, PMEP has conducted polls inSaudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon.

Results:

Top Line Results: Snap Poll of Israeli Jews June 7, 2010

Please tell me how you feel about the job performance of Prime Minister Netanyahu?

Very Satisfied 12.10%

Somewhat Satisfied 41.30%

Somewhat Dissatisfied 18.00%

Very Dissatisfied 22.40%

Dont know 4.90%

Refuse 1.30%

Total 100.00% N N=500

How about Defense Minister Ehud Barak?

Very Satisfied 10.30%

Somewhat Satisfied 30.90%

Somewhat Dissatisfied 24.10%

Very Dissatisfied 28.00%

Dont know 6.10%

Refuse 0.40%

Total 100.00% N N=500

Regarding the recent ship incident, did Israel use too much force, not enough force, or the right amount of

force?

Too much force 7.60%

not enough force 39.20%

right amount of force 45.50%

Dont know 6.10%

Refuse 1.60%

Total 100.00% N N=500

Do you think that Israel should or should not adjust its tactics to elicit a more favorable international

reaction? Do you feel that way strongly or just somewhat?

Should strongly 12.30%

should somewhat 22.60%

should not somewhat 16.60%

should not strongly 44.10%

Dont know 4.20%

Refuse 0.30%

Total 100.00% N N=500

Do you think that Israel should open up Gaza to international humanitarian shipments?

Should strongly 9.20%

should somewhat 12.80%

should not somewhat 14.50%

should not strongly 58.60%

Dont know 4.20%

Refuse 0.70%

Total 100.00% N N=500

How do you feel about the American governments reaction to the recent ship incident?

Very Satisfied 3.10%

Somewhat Satisfied 18.70%

Somewhat Dissatisfied 24.60%

Very Dissatisfied 38.70%

Dont know 14.10%

Refuse 0.80%

Total 100.00% N N=500

In your opinion, should or shouldnt Israel accept/agree to, an international inquiry committee that will

investigate the recent ship incident?

need strongly 17.10%

need somewhat 19.50%

not necessarily 16.60%

definitely dont need 39.50%

Dont know 6.80%

Refuse 0.60%

Total 100.00% N N=500

Do you like or dislike American President Barack Obama?

Strongly like 2.40%

somewhat like 17.10%

somewhat dislike 24.70%

strongly dislike 46.70%

Dont know 8.60%

Refuse 0.40%

Total 100.00% N N=500

There are rumors in the media that the Turkish PM Erdogan, is planning to come in person on a ship

accompanied by Turkish Navy in order to break through the closure. How should Israel react? Let him in

quietly or to stop it whatever it takes?

Let him in quietly – strongly 7.10%

Let him in quietly – somewhat 7.10%

stop it whatever it takes – strongly 68.10%

stop it whatever it takes – somewhat 6.90%

Dont know 9.80%

Refuse 1.00%

Total 100.00% N N=500

News reports say Iran is planning to send Red Crescent ships to Gaza. If this happens, do you think Israel

should or should not stop those ships, even by using force? And do you feel that way strongly, or only

somewhat?

Let them in quietly – strongly 3.40%

Let them in quietly – only somewhat 3.90%

stop them whatever it takes – strongly 77.70%

stop them whatever it takes – somewhat 6.60%

Dont know 6.70%

Refuse 1.70%

Total 100.00% N N=500


 
 

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