Poll: Dramatic Shift in Israeli Perceptions of President Trump

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U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu at a joint news conference at the White House on February 15. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Perceptions of President Donald Trump in Israel have shifted dramatically downward since he took office in January, according to a poll published on Thursday.

Whereas on January 11, 79 percent of Israelis said they found Trump more pro-Israeli than pro-Palestinian, now only 56 percent of those questioned said they thought so, according to a Smith Research poll commissioned by The Jerusalem Post.

However, researchers noted that those who changed their minds about Mr. Trump do not now think he is more pro-Palestinian. Rather, they assessed the president’s attitude as either neutral or unclear. Only 4 percent say he is more pro-Palestinian, up from 3 percent in January.

Perceptions of the president was also measured visa vis party affiliation. They found that Likud constituents tend to see Trump as pro-Israel, whereas Yesh Atid voters were the least inclined to think so.