The most interesting statistic to come out of the 2010 Annual Survey of American Jewish Opinion is that Jewish undecideds are stepping into the fray — and they’re not happy.
Take a look at these year-over-year changes for President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:
|Do you approve or disapprove of the Obama Administration’s
handling of U.S.-Israel relations?
|Do you approve or
disapprove of the Netanyahu government’s handling of Israel-U.S. relations?
Notice that the big jumps are in disapproval for both — with most of those jumps coming from the “Not Sure” groups from 2009. What this means is that both Netanyahu and Obama have seen disapproval jump noticeably in only six months (the 2009 numbers are from September, and the 2010 survey was conducted this March) — and that much of that jump comes from those who’d remained undecided as of last September.
In all likelihood, what that suggests is not that Obama and Netanyahu are gaining in disapproval because their positions are upsetting the left or right, but because the entire dispute between them is upsetting those who didn’t take sides six months ago. Obama and Netanyahu both saw mild changes in their approval on this issue, but both were within the margin of error.
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