Poll: “Israelis” strongly favor Clinton over Trump
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Jerusalem (CNN)Almost twice as many Israelis prefer Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump, bucking the recent trend of Republican presidential candidates winning more support than Democrats, according to a new poll.
When asked which candidate they preferred, 42% of Israelis said Clinton, compared with 24% who cited Trump, a survey from the Israel Democracy Institute found. Another 13% said the candidates are the same from Israel’s perspective.
The poll results represent a change from recent cycles in which Israelis have favored GOP candidates.
In fact, Israelis haven’t preferred a Democrat in the White House since 2000, said Shmuel Rosner, author of “The Jewish Vote: Obama vs. Romney: A Voter’s Guide.”
“Clinton is a well-known commodity in Israel. Bill Clinton, up until today, according to several polls, is considered by Israelis to be the most friendly US president ever towards Israel,” Rosner said.
“So they (pollsters) say the name Clinton and it rings familiar,” he added. “They assume that if Bill Clinton was such a friendly president to Israel, then his wife must be friendly as well.”
The survey included Arab-Israelis and found the percentage who favor Trump is much lower than among Jewish Israelis. Only 11% of the Arabs surveyed believe he would be preferable, compared with 27% of Jews.
Trump has had problems attracting the Jewish vote in the US after claims of anti-Semitic themes in various tweets and the backing he’s received from the former head of the KKK, David Duke, and the American Nazi Party. A report this week by the Anti-Defamation League also found nearly 20,000 anti-Semitic tweets have been directed at more than 800 journalists since the campaign began, often because those journalists voiced critical opinions about Trump.
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