Obama leads Romney in recent panel survey of Israeli experts
August 20, 2012 3 Comments
By Melissa Weiss, Staff Writer
Washington, Aug. 20 – President Obama bested presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on topics related to Israel in a recent panel survey of Israeli experts conducted by Israeli journalist Shmuel Rosner. The president garnered a score of 7.4 (out of 10) while the former governor of Massachusetts received a 7.2.
Because the results are based only on the answers of the panelists and not from a wider range of interviewees, the survey cannot be viewed as legitimate polling data, but rather provides an additional voice in the “who is better for Israel” argument being had among American Jews.
The panel is comprised of Israeli experts who were asked questions on issues ranging from Romney’s recent trip to Israel to the situation in Iran. A final question, asking panelists to rate both candidates on a scale of 1-10 (one being bad, 10 being good), the difference between the two was .2, the first time Obama has led over his competitor.
On the question of Iran, the panel was evenly split between whether or not Israel and the U.S. agree with both the policy and the objective behind the strike on Iran – on an agree-disagree scale, the group rated the statement – “The U.S. and Israel are pretty much on the same page – they agree on both the objective and the policy” – a five.
Regarding Romney’s July visit to Israel, Rosner noted that from the standpoint of an Israeli, the visit was an acceptable one, but from an expert viewpoint, the visit was “somewhat problematic” as Romney was “playing politics” and Middle East experts prefer “policy-driven statements, comments and actions.”