Poll finds Israel’s ratings high in U.S.

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Americans’ favorability ratings for Israel continue to climb and it remains by far the most positively viewed Middle Eastern country, according to a Gallup poll.

In polling Feb. 6 through Feb. 9 of Americans 18 and older, Israel received a 72 percent favorability rating, up from 66 percent last year, according to results released on Feb. 18.

The next highest favorability ratings went to Egypt, with 45 percent and then Saudi Arabia, at 35 percent.

The Palestinian Authority tied for fifth place with Libya at 19 percent.

The polling showed that older Americans are more likely to score Israel high. For respondents aged 18-34, Israel scored 64 percent; for those 35-54, Israel scored 72 percent; and for those older than 55, Israel came in at 81 percent.

Gallup polled a random sample of 1,023 Americans 18 and older by phone. — jta