Gallup Reports Sharp Drop In Democrats’ Favorability Toward Israel

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The percentage of Democrats who favor Israel above the Palestinians dropped ten points this year to 48 percent, according to a Gallup poll.

The number of Democrats who looked at Israel favorably dropped from 74 percent to 60 percent.

In contrast, the percentage of Republicans who favor Israel above the Palestinians rose to 83 percent, which has risen from the low 50s in the late 1990s.

Americans overall sympathize with Israel more than the Palestinians (62 percent), while 70 percent of Americans look at Israel favorably.

Why are Democrats becoming less favorable toward Israel? CNS News writes that it is because of tension between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama over the Iran nuclear negotiations:

In recent months relations between the White House and Netanyahu government have become increasingly strained, as the Israeli leader continues to argue that a proposed nuclear agreement with Iran will be “dangerous.”

Netanyahu stated:

“It is astonishing that even after the recent IAEA report determined that Iran is continuing to hide the military components of its nuclear program, the nuclear talks with it are proceeding,” he said. “Not only are they continuing, there is an increased effort to reach a nuclear agreement in the coming days and weeks.”

In a Gallup poll last month, the number of American Jews who identify as Democrats has dropped since Obama’s election in 2008. In fact, 71 percent of American Jews identified as Democrats in 2008; and by 2014, that number had dropped to 61 percent.

What do you think of the Democrats’ less favorable attitude toward Israel? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Watch: Here’s How A Surging GOP Contender Just Handed A Hostile Interviewer Her Head

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With Mitt Romney out of the race for the White House in 2016, supporters of the GOP’s failed 2012 presidential candidate are looking for someone else they can get behind.

And if a new preference poll is any indicator, that someone may be Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

As reported by Townhall:

…a new Des Moines Register/Bloomberg Politics poll released over the weekend shows Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker jumping out to a small lead in the state — followed by Rand Paul, Mitt Romney (now out of the race), Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson. Jeb Bush pulls eight percent, with Chris Christie struggling at four percent….

Though he has shown his ability to stand tall and fight tough against unrelenting liberal attacks and union opposition in Wisconsin, the Republican governor has been viewed by some in the GOP establishment as lackluster, even uninspiring.

That view, however, is not shared by conservative radio talker Rush Limbaugh, who recently hit quite a few high notes in singing Walker’s praises:

“…I believe Scott Walker is the blueprint for the Republican Party if they are serious about beating the left.  Scott Walker has shown how to do it.

Scott Walker has shown the Republican Party how to beat the left. Scott Walker has the blueprint for winning and winning consistently and winning big in a blue state with conservative principles that are offered with absolutely no excuses.”

Although Walker has not formally declared his intention to seek the GOP nomination for the 2016 race, he is widely expected to throw his hat into the presidential ring.

So how does the Wisconsin governor fare in the media ring, especially when facing off with a not-so-friendly interviewer who, by the nature and tone of her questioning, was looking to trip up the Iowa front-runner?

There was a chance this past weekend for Governor Walker to show how he can handle what could be called a mainstream media “inquisition” when he appeared on ABC’s “This Week” with substitute host Martha Raddatz.

As noted in a post on Biz Pac Review: “Whether she was in search of her ‘Katie Couric moment,’ or just trying to take advantage of the opportunity to shore up her liberal bona fides, Raddatz was gunning for Walker from the start.”

It was a challenging interview about the governor’s “big, bold ideas” for the country; but Walker took the fire and shot back effectively, as you can see from watching the video above.

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For Obama And His Keystone Cops, This New Pipeline Poll Could Be A Game Changer

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Buoyed by outspoken environmentalists, climate change doomsayers, and liberal lawmakers, President Obama has repeatedly threatened to veto any bill that Congress might send him to authorize the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

The House of Representatives has overwhelmingly approved a measure to move forward with the controversial pipeline project. That legislation is now in the Senate, where its fate could be an early test of GOP leader Mitch McConnell’s ability to assemble a bipartisan coalition big enough to override a presidential veto.

Thehill.com reports that contentious debate over the measure could begin on the Senate floor as early as next week.

Democrats are aiming to use the amendment process to force Republicans into a number of tough votes, including on whether to back an amendment that states man-made climate change is happening.

Asked if the Republican caucus was ready to take that vote, McConnell said, “Yeah!”

It will be interesting to see if the results of a brand new poll on the pipeline have any influence in that Senate debate, possibly giving pro-pipeline Republicans a boost in their head-to-head with Obama.

The CNN/ORC poll whose findings were released today shows that the percentage of Americans who support the Keystone project is double the percentage who oppose the construction of the long-delayed oil pipeline.

“The 1,179-mile Canada-to-Texas pipeline is backed by 57% of the 1,011 Americans surveyed on Dec. 18-21. Just 28% oppose it, while 15% say they are unsure.”

CNN notes that the measure up for debate in the Senate would end the State Department’s six-year review of the project and give the green light to its immediate construction.

As Western Journalism has reported, proponents of the international oil pipeline cite its potential for extensive job creation and increased energy independence for Americans.

h/t: CNN

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39% Of Democrats Want Obama To Run For A Third Term

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A recent Economist/YouGov poll found that 39% of Democrats wish that the 22nd Amendment, which limits a President to two terms, didn’t exist so that Obama could run for a third term.

The number of African-Americans who think Obama should go on to a third term, though, stands at 64%.

Moreover, when you add in Republicans and Independents and look at the overall percentage of people who think that Obama should run for a third term, the number only stands at 19%.

In the poll, a whopping 95% of Republicans disapproved of the way Obama conducts his job; and 79% of them think that his values are different from most Americans.

Only 37% of people surveyed approve of the way Obama handles foreign policy, with only one in three having confidence in Obama to handle an international crisis.

People with an unfavorable opinion of Barack Obama used the following words to describe him: incompetent, failure, arrrogant, liar, dishonest, inept, ineffective, liberal, and socialist.

People with a favorable opinion of Obama used these words to describe him most often: intelligent, strong, good, honest, great, President, disappointing, and determined.

The assessment of Obama among whites is not positive overall. Only 33% of whites say he shares American values, whereas 52% say he does not.

More than six in ten whites say Obama does not care much- or does not care at all- about their needs and problems.

This contrasts with the general population, where just under half say that he cares at least somewhat about their needs and problems.

What do you think? Why would 39% of Democrats still support Obama for a third term?

 

h/t: Breitbart

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Obama Won’t Be Happy When He Sees What Americans Really Think About His “Change”

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Three out of four Americans feel like the recession is still going on, according to a study from the Public Religion Research Institute.

Only 21 percent of Americans believe the recession is over, whereas 72 percent believe it is still going on.

Robert Jones, CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute, said recently to MainStreet.com:

“Despite the fact that there has been improvement in the economy since the Great Recession, approximately four in ten Americans live in households experiencing high or moderate levels of economic insecurity. Economic insecurity remains highly stratified by race, with nearly six in ten black Americans living in households with high or moderate levels of economic insecurity.”

The report states that only 7 percent of Americans say they are in excellent shape financially, 34 percent say they are in good shape, 37 percent say they are in fair shape, and 20 percent report being in poor shape.

Average Americans are not the only ones concerned about the current state of the economy. Wall Street veteran and CIA insider Jim Rickards said recently that he believes there will be a 25 year Great Depression based on the economic signals he’s seen.

He told Money Morning:

“Everybody knows we have a dangerous level of debt. Everybody knows the Fed has recklessly printed trillions of dollars. These are secrets to no one. But all signs are now flashing bright red that our chickens are about to come home to roost.”

What do you think? Are most Americans right to think the economy is still in recession? Or is this only a delusion?

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