Monday, March 2, 2015

Majority doesn't approve of Netanyahu speech

A poll found that a majority of Americans oppose Netanyahu's invitation to speak to Congress. (photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
A poll found that a majority of Americans oppose Netanyahu's invitation to speak to Congress. (photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

CNN/ORC Poll: Majority of Americans Oppose Netanyahu Invite

By Alexandra Jaffe, CNN
18 February 15
large majority of Americans believe that Republican congressional leaders should not have invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress without consulting the White House, according to a new CNN/ORC survey. 

The nationwide poll, released Tuesday, shows 63% of Americans say it was a bad move for congressional leadership to extend the invitation without giving President Barack Obama a heads up that it was coming. Only 33% say it was the right thing to do.

And as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict continues to simmer in the Middle East, the survey found that a similar majority thinks the U.S. should stay out of that fight altogether.

House Speaker John Boehner's invitation to Netanyahu sparked a minor international incident and further strained already tense relations between the U.S. and Israeli leaders. Netanyahu is expected to make the case to Congress next month for increased sanctions on Iran, a key point of contention between the Israeli leader and Obama, who has been urging Congress to hold off on further sanctions for fear of jeopardizing nuclear talks with the nation.

Obama has said he will not meet with Netanyahu during his visit because the trip comes too close to Israel's elections. A growing number of Democrats in both chambers have announced over the past two weeks that they won't be attending the speech, prompting some to question whether the Israeli leader should cancel or move his speech.

Though the speech has become a partisan issue on Capitol Hill, even Republicans are split on whether it was a good idea for leadership to invite Netanyahu without alerting the White House, with a slight majority — 52% — backing the move. Just 14% of Democrats say it was the right thing to do, and just over a third of independents support the move.

But Americans overall believe the U.S. should stay out of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with 66% in the new poll advocating the U.S. remain neutral. Of those who do support picking a side, the majority, 29%, back Israel, while only 2% support Palestine.

Even Republicans, typically seen as the party offering the strongest defense of Israel, are split on whether the U.S. should officially support Israel in the conflict. Forty-nine percent support backing the nation, while 47% say the U.S. should stay out of it.

And a significant age gap suggests U.S. sentiment may, in the long term, be moving further in favor of neutrality in the conflict. While 56% of those age 50 or older believe the U.S. should stay out of the Israeli-Palestinian fight, that number skyrockets to 75% of Americans under age 50.

The survey was conducted among 1,027 adult Americans from Feb. 12-15 and has a margin of error of 3 percentage points. 


+16 # fredboy 2015-02-18 10:24
Let him speak. It will be Israel's and the GOP's loss if he does. His presence will be seen as anti-American.
+17 # Trigon986 2015-02-18 11:15
Boehner's treason is really the issue at hand. Congress governs itself and they do nothing pertinent to anyone in their little club, so they censured Boehner. Clinton was impeached for lying. What Boehner did is mutiny in attempting to take over the country by making his own decision. He assumed everyone would go along with him. That's what he gambled on and he lost. Mutiny in the military is followed by a court marshall. Ask the people if they believe that Boehner ignoring the President and the office of the Presidency is a serious offense. The rest about Netanyahu is irrelevant. What Boehner did is relevant and has never been done before in the history of this country.
+7 # bmiluski 2015-02-18 12:29
How about Mitch McConnell putting his party ahead of the welfare of this country by making Obama a one term president the priority?
That is party can be put ahead of my country.
-16 # skylinefirepest 2015-02-18 10:37
"The majority of Americans" don't even care whether he speaks or not. I'll wager that a simple majority of Americans can't even tell you who he is...or for that matter there's a significant portion of the low information voters that can't even tell you who Biden is!! We have way more pressing issues to worry us than whether he speaks or not, don't you think??
+11 # Trigon986 2015-02-18 11:18
This website proves your theory to the contrary. Let those who want to vote on this issue vote as citizens and say what they think. Those that don't vote and don't care should not speak for the whole of those who do.
+3 # bmiluski 2015-02-18 13:19
Unfortunately, I have to agree with you skylinefirepest if my office is anything to judge by. And I work with college educated people......and they are clueless.
+12 # bbaldwin2001 2015-02-18 10:47
This is nothing but a political ploy by Boehner to upstage the President. At least that is what he thinks he is doing. But, then we all know that John Boehner has a mushy brain and a great love for himself. He would like nothing better than to upstage the President. I think reading this, he will be embarrassed and once more he will make all sorts of reasons for bringing B B over. Netanyahu will stand up in the well of the Congress and not be able to talk to anyone except the Tea Party representatives . I hope he retaliates against this and walks out - gets on his plane and leaves for Israel - leaving Boehner with egg on his face.
+10 # Trigon986 2015-02-18 11:21
We don't allow someone to come into our governing branch and spew they're garbage. Let Netanyahu go to the UN, but NOT to our Capital. Can't you see this as serious? It may be a miniscule step toward a dictatorship, but it was a step.
-11 # WaaDoo 2015-02-18 11:07
A CNN poll. They should have had MSNBC do the poll.....they would have had even higher numbers against the PM of Israel coming. Call Harris or Pew and see the difference.

Remember, this administration is in office having removed the words "God" and "Jerusalem" from their 2012 Campaign Platform.
+2 # wipster 2015-02-18 11:24
Quoting WaaDoo:
A CNN poll. They should have had MSNBC do the poll.....they would have had even higher numbers against the PM of Israel coming. Call Harris or Pew and see the difference.

I would have liked to see the Fox Newsiness poll to see the real contrast along with MSNBC... Same questions asked, different asker, the poll difference would be very interesting.
+9 # PABLO DIABLO 2015-02-18 12:12
Let Netanyahu speak before the INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT and give the Republicans enough rope to hang themselves.
+6 # Regina 2015-02-18 12:26
This "invitation" is just another tantrum by Boehner against a president who refuses to "fail" as the GOP demands. In his consuming spite, Boehner reached out for the one "statesman" who is most like him in intransigence. Israel has had far more intelligent prime ministers, and for their best interests as well as ours, we can hope for a wiser winner in the upcoming Israeli election.
+2 # bmiluski 2015-02-18 13:21
And yet, knowing what they know, Israel elected him prime minister....twi ce.
+5 # janie1893 2015-02-18 14:09
Indeed, Mr. Boehner is guilty of an enormous offence against the office of President. It appears he either does not know the protocols involved or thinks the American public doesn't know them. He appears to snicker at the Presidential body politic! How sad for the United States.
+8 # bmiluski 2015-02-18 14:32
janie...this has been going on since President Obama took office. Remember "You lie!!" during his first State of the Union address?
+2 # RMDC 2015-02-18 18:42
People do know that Nethayahoo is trying very hard to drag the US into a war against Iran. He wants the war but he does not want Israel to have to fight it or pay for it because he knows Israel would lose. So he will tell Congress that it has to start a war against Iran just because he says so.

A lot of republicans will agree with him. Americans are sick of war. This will mean no republican will be elected to the white house in 2016. The closer they get to Netanyahoo, the farther they get from the white house.
+1 # Trigon986 2015-02-18 19:15
The Republicans see this is a way to be the "party of Israel" and collect Christian votes in 2016. After all, the Republicans have duped Christians into think they are the bible party. Won't they be surprised when they achieve the New World Order and the word Christian won't mean a thing to them.

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