Israelis prefer Trump to Obama according to global poll

Trump scores low globally in poll, excluding in Russia and Israel; Ability to make good decisions, nuclear deal, travel ban and Obama’s last years in office reasons Israel gives high score

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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 a reported 22% reporting confidence in President Trump’s to “do the right thing”, in comparison to President Obama at a median of 64%.

President Trump, however, scored high in approval in both Russia and Israel in comparison to Obama. Trump’s commitment to withdrawal 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 United States and its presidents high scores, Pew claiming “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% higher in popularity than Obama in his last term, with 54% 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 reporting “Obama’s confidence ratings varied from 49% 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.”