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Poll: Israelis like McCain over Obama

Israelis would elect John McCain over Barack Obama for president of the United States, a poll found.

The poll found that 46.4 percent of Israelis would vote for McCain, the Republican candidate, and 34 percent for his Democratic opponent, with 18.6 undecided, Ynet reported Monday. The survey, conducted by the TNS Teleseker polling agency on behalf of the Rabin Center for Israel Studies, interviewed 500 Israelis aged 18 to 65.

Among nearly half of those surveyed, or 48.6 percent, believed McCain would be better for Israel, while 31.5 percent said Obama would be better. More than 5 percent said the candidates would have the same effect on Israel, and 14.2 percent were undecided.

Each candidate was favored by 37 percent on who would better handle the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

Israel was one of three countries who chose McCain over Obama in polls of adult citizens, Rabin Center head Alon Pinkas told Ynet. Georgia and the Philippines also opted for the veteran GOP senator.

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