Nearly 3 of every 4 Americans view Israel favorably, poll finds


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Israel is the eighth most-favored country by Americans, a Gallup poll found. 

Some 71 percent of Americans view Israel favorably, a three-point increase over last year’s results, according to the poll conducted Feb. 2-5. 

Israel’s highest favorability rating in this survey was 79 percent in January 1991. 

Canada was the most highly favored country by Americans at 96 percent, followed by Australia and Great Britain at 93 percent and 90 percent, respectively. 

In addition, the Gallup poll found that Americans rated Iran as the least favored country, with 87 percent of Americans viewing the Islamic Republic unfavorably and 10 percent viewing the country favorably.

According to Gallup, favorability ratings of Iran have been consistently low since it began measuring the favorability of the country in 1989. 

Some 19 percent of Americans rated the Palestinian Authority favorably, the same as last year.

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