Poll: 71 Percent Say Israel's Right to Exist Must Be Recognized in Middle East Peace Negotiations

Posted: May 20, 2011 11:45 AM

A new Rasmussen poll shows that 71% of likely U.S. voters believe recognizing Israel's right to exist should be part of any Middle East peace agreement. The survey was taken before Obama's Middle East speech Thursday, when he proposed a two-state solution to the conflict between Israel and Palestine and helping fund Egypt.

In another Rasmussen poll from February of this year, however, Americans polled overwhelmingly for ending foreign aid to Arab states in the Middle East, including Egypt (this was before the Muslim Brotherhood took over).  In fact, only 20% of American adults polled wanted the aid to continue, while 58% were against it.

However, a majority of Americans wanted to keep aid to Israel -- 51%.