In a new survey by the Pew Research Center, Israel, along with Russia, are the only countries globally that prefer United States President Donald Trump to former President Barack Obama.
The survey included 37 countries, with 22 percent reporting confidence in President Trump to “do the right thing,” in comparison to President Obama at a median of 64 percent.
President Trump, however, scored high in approval in both Russia and Israel in comparison to Obama. Trump’s commitment to withdraw from the nuclear agreement, as well as his travel ban, were factors in Israelis favoring the president, with Hungary, Israel, Poland, and Russia supporting the ban.
Israel frequently gives the U.S. and its presidents high scores. Pew claimed that “Israelis give the U.S. some of its highest favorability ratings, and that’s true again this year, with 81% saying they have a positive view of the U.S. Assessments of American presidents…”
Israelis put Trump 7 percent higher in popularity than Obama in his last term, with 54 percent responding that Trump is a “well-qualified” president.
During Obama’s time in office in 2014-2015 (during the creation of the nuclear deal), Obama’s ratings dropped. Pew reported that “Obama’s confidence ratings varied from 49% percent to 71% in the Center’s polling in Israel during his administration. Between 2014 and 2015, his ratings dipped substantially, reflecting tensions between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the Iran nuclear deal.”
The poll reported Trump’s rating as “higher than Obama’s during the final two years of his administration.”
Amir Tsarfati, a Jewish Christian, is the founder and president of Behold Israel, a news site to correct the scarcity in trustworthy reportage on issues and events impacting Israel, and to resolve the uncertainty about who or what to believe.