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Poll: Americans Split on Changing Mideast Policy

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    Assalamu alaikum, Poll: Americans Split on Changing Mideast Policy http://dailynews.yahoo.com/htx/nm/20011006/ts/attack_poll_dc_1.html NEW YORK (Reuters) -
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 7, 2001
      Assalamu'alaikum,

      Poll: Americans Split on Changing Mideast Policy

      http://dailynews.yahoo.com/htx/nm/20011006/ts/attack_poll_dc_1.html

      NEW YORK (Reuters) - Americans are split on whether the United States
      should change its Middle East policies after the Sept. 11 attacks, with 63
      percent saying reducing ties to Israel would not affect the scope of
      terrorism directed at America, a Newsweek poll showed on Saturday.

      The poll showed 58 percent of Americans surveyed saw U.S. ties to Israel
      and its policies toward the Palestinians as a major motivation behind the
      attacks on New York and Washington. That figure was down from 68 percent
      last month.

      Forty-six percent said the United States should consider changing its
      Middle East policies to reduce the violent backlash against it, while 43
      percent said it should not.

      The 1,002 respondents surveyed on Thursday and Friday also were divided on
      whether the United States should favor creating a Palestinian state at
      this time, with 39 percent saying no, 33 percent saying yes and 28 percent
      saying they did not know.

      Majorities said the United States gave too much aid to countries in the
      region last year: 52 percent said $2.8 billion to Israel was excessive, 55
      percent had the same objection to the $2.2 billion given to Egypt and 56
      percent to the $80 million given to the Palestinian Authority.

      President Bush continued to get high marks for his handling of the crisis
      -- 88 percent -- but the public expressed more confidence in Secretary of
      State Colin Powell to deal with the situation (75 percent) than either
      Bush (65 percent) or Vice President Dick Cheney (50 percent).

      The poll, conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates, had a margin
      of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

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