Posts tagged with "Nielsen Scarborough"

U.S. public balks, but Schumer lauds ‘exodus’ of embassy to Jerusalem

May 15, 2018

In a rare moment of agreement, President Donald Trump and Senator Chuck Schumer (D-New York) seemed to be walking in lockstep on Monday, May 14 when the Majority Leader praised the administration for moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, The Hill reported.

“In a long overdue move, we have moved our embassy to Jerusalem. Every nation should have the right to choose its capital,” Schumer said in a statement. “I sponsored legislation to do this two decades ago, and I applaud President Trump for doing it.”

But Schumer was not representing the views of many constituents, based on findings of a University of Maryland/Nielsen Scarborough poll of 2,000 American adults conducted late last year. Asked whether they supported or opposed the move of the U.S. embassy out of Tel Aviv, 63% of respondents said they were against it, including 44% of Republicans.

What’s more, a Monmouth University poll found that the president’s decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is not all that popular with the American public. Just 23% told the pollsters that it was a good idea; versus 39%, who said it was a bad idea, (with 38% registering no opinion).

A majority (51%) of respondents told Monmouth that they thought the move would destabilize the Middle East region; while only 10% said that relocating the embassy would make the region more stable (and 28% say it will have no effect on the region’s stability).

The embassy’s official opening was marked by a bloody day on Israel’s border with the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, The Hill reported. And The New York Times reported that at least 41 Palestinians were killed and more than 1,700 injured at the border’s barrier.

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63% of Americans oppose moving U.S. embassy to Jerusalem

December 11, 2017

A poll conducted by the Brookings Institution, a Washington, DC-based think tank, has found that nearly two-thirds (63%) of all Americans oppose President Donald Trump’s decisions to relocate the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. That 63% includes 44% of his own party, the Republicans.

In announcing his official proclamation last week, Trump said, “ have determined that it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver.  Today, I am delivering.”

The president added, “I’ve judged this course of action to be in the best interests of the United States of America and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians. This is a long-overdue step to advance the peace process and to work towards a lasting agreement.:

However, in posting the results of its survey on December 5, Brookings opined, “It is almost impossible to see the logic of the Trump administration’s expected recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital…before it even unveils what’s certain to be a controversial plan for Middle East peace, which will be tough enough to sell.”

Indeed, they said, “Trump certainly doesn’t need to solidify his pro-Israel credentials; three of his key Middle East advisers are known to be sympathetic with the Israeli right.”

What’s more, they pointed out, “…the American public, including his Republican core, already thinks his policy is pro-Israel.”

A University of Maryland Critical Issues Poll—conducted by Nielsen Scarborough in early November among a national sample of 2,000 American adults and  released at the Brookings Institution on December 1— found that 59% of respondents said they preferred that Trump lean toward neither side of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

How about the Evangelical Christians whose support has been critical for Trump, and who are known to support declaring Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moving the U.S. embassy there? While 53% of Evangelicals support the move, 40 % oppose it.

In the meantime, the administration’s assumptions about the limited demonstrations in the region against the move and the scant costs of the relocation  are based on little more, the Institution says, than “a leap of faith”.

What’s more, Brookings warned, “Jerusalem is the perfect issue for Iran and Islamist militants to use to mobilize support against the United States and those who endorse its policies.”

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Nearly 80% oppose GOP maneuver to let churches endorse candidates

November 29, 2017

The GOP-led Congress is chipping away at the separation of church and state that has long been viewed as a linchpin of U.S. democracy—and, according to findings of a poll released on September 28 by the Program for Public Consultation at the University of Maryland, 79% of Americans oppose this effort.

For years, a group of largely evangelical Christian conservatives has pushed the U.S. regulators to abolish the so-called Johnson Amendment, a provision of the IRS tax code created in 1954 that bars non-profits and churches from endorsing political candidates, according to a report by Think Progress.

Now, the Congressional Religious Right has stealthily included a provision in their embattled tax bills, the online news source reports, that would pare down restrictions prohibiting houses of

However, resistance to the idea is bipartisan: 88% of Democrats, 7% of Independents, and 71% of Republicans all disapproved of the idea—and 55% have stated that it is “very important” to keep current law intact.

Interestingly enough,  56% of respondents to the survey who said that they identify as Evangelical still oppose the proposal, while 43% were in favor. However among Republican Evangelicals a slight majority—52%–favored the idea.

“Americans are frustrated with the degree of partisan polarization in this country. The idea of churches and universities becoming channels for partisan political activity makes this proposal a non-starter with Republican and Democratic voters alike,” states Steven Kull, director of the Program for Public Consultation.

The survey was conducted online from September 7 through October 3 among 2,482 registered voters, provided by Nielsen Scarborough.

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