Americans rate Israel among top 5


Americans rate Israel among the five most favored nations, with the Palestinian Authority and Iran in the bottom five.

Israel is picked fifth after Canada, Britain, Germany and Japan, with a 71 percent favorable rating and a 25 percent unfavorable rating, according to a Gallup Poll taken in mid-February.

Iran is rated last with 8 percent approval; the Palestinian Authority is third to last with a 14 percent approval rating. Between them is North Korea, with a 12 percent rating.

Among subgroups, Republicans were more likely to rate Israel favorably, 84 percent to 64 percent by Democrats, and those aged 18 to 35 were less likely to favor Israel than their elders. That group awards Israel a 65 percent favorable rating, while those aged 35 to 54 give it 74 percent and those older than 55 at 72 percent favorable.

The phone survey of 1,007 adults has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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