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Americans Believe The US Gives Too Much Foreign Aid To Israel - 3/10/2016

Surveying Americans about U.S. aid to Israel requires putting it into proper perspective. Given Israel's position as the leading single U.S. foreign aid recipient (by a wide margin), asking the foreign aid question requires embedding relevant data to obtain a bona fide response.  When such data is included in this second major survey (the first was fielded in 2014), the majority of Americans (61.9 percent) believe U.S. aid to Israel is excessive.  The major response, that aid to Israel is "Much too much" is 32.5 percent of Americans.  Some 29.4 percent believe it is "too much" while 23.3 percent believe it is "about right." Only 15.9 percent of Americans believe U.S. aid to Israel is not enough.

The policy and political implications of this finding are stark.  Elected officials passing ever larger aid packages and supplemental spending for Israel simply cannot claim they are representing the majority interests of their constituents.  American presidents proclaiming the U.S.ÔÇÉIsrael bond is "unbreakable" cannot claim such a bond is willingly underwritten by U.S. taxpayers.

The US gives Israel over $3 billion annually (9% of the foreign aid budget and more than any other country). The amount is:

Much too much 32.2%  
Too much 27.7%  
About right 23.4%  
Too little 6.7%
Much too little 10.1%  


Much too much -1.7%  
Too much 0.9%  
About right -2.5%  
Too little 0.6%
Much too little 2.8%  

Survey developed by: IRmep
Survey fielded: Google Surveys 3/10/2016
Population surveyed: US Adult Internet Users
Representative Sample size: 1,052 Statistically significant

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