I'm going to exercise a new freedom with polling. I'm going to take advantage of my experience with a nonpartisan polling firm to ask Americans some hard-hitting questions that can't in fairness be asked by that nonpartisan firm.
So today I'm introducing the first "Towery Poll" of national issues. That means I don't have to worry if some Democratic polling expert likes it or not!
Towery Poll questions will never consist of loaded questions. They will be fair, and the answers will be accurate. What those answers say about America and its politics may sometimes be hard for some to take. So it goes.
The inaugural Towery Poll asked 738 registered voters nationwide about the Obama administration's views and policies regarding Israel. Do Americans believe the White House's foreign policy towards Israel is consistent with that of recent U.S. presidents, or is it either more or less supportive of this traditional American ally?
Forty-four percent of the respondents said it is "less supportive." Twelve percent said "more supportive." Twenty-nine percent said it's "about the same." The rest had no opinion.
A large plurality of Americans senses that the Barack Obama White House doesn't have the same reflexive sympathy and support for Israel that previous administrations have displayed. It would certainly be understandable if the poll's respondents are perplexed on the subject, particularly after the recent news about longtime White House correspondent Helen Thomas. The legendary Thomas abruptly retired June 7 after the outcry that followed her comments that Israel's Jews should quit occupying land not rightfully theirs and go back to their historical homes in Poland and Germany. Wow, those European countries are sure to flood the hearts of Jewish men and women with nostalgia!
Over 55 percent of voters who identify themselves as "independents" said they don't think the Obama administration has particularly warm feelings towards Israel. That virtually matches the percentage of Republicans who feel the same way.
Only Democrats feel Israel is in good shape with the president and the current American foreign policy establishment. Forty percent of Democrats in the poll said things are about the same between the U.S. and Israel under Obama. Another 12 percent said the president treats Israel better than recent presidents have.
These numbers simply validate what many diplomats, pundits and analysts are thinking -- that Israel does not have a great friend in Barack Obama.