Gallup poll shows Obama’s lead steady among US Jews
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Gallup poll shows Obama’s lead steady among US Jews

Americans have a more positive than negative view of Benjamin Netanyahu, poll reveals

US President Barack Obama addresses the annual AIPAC conference in Washington, DC, March 2012 (photo credit: AP/Cliff Owen)
US President Barack Obama addresses the annual AIPAC conference in Washington, DC, March 2012 (photo credit: AP/Cliff Owen)

A Gallup poll released Friday revealed that American Jews support President Barack Obama over his Republican rival Mitt Romney by a margin of 68 to 25 percent.

Though the spread is only slightly wider than in polling conducted in May and June, the numbers represent a challenge for the presidential contender ahead of his upcoming trip to Israel. While Romney may not be expecting a big shift in support among Jews, his campaign wants the former governor to bolster his appeal as a leader and diplomat. According to the poll, Americans currently view Obama as significantly better able than Romney to handle foreign affairs.

In related findings, Americans overall have a more positive (35%) than negative (23%) view of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to Gallup, though four in 10 are not familiar enough with him to rate him. Democrats, however, view Netanyahu more negatively than positively.

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