Poll of Israelis: Hillary Leads Trump 38-23

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the two favorite U.S. presidential candidates among Israelis, a poll conducted by Israel’s largest news website, Walla News, showed.

According to the poll, released Friday morning, 38 percent of Israelis want Hillary Clinton to get elected as president in the fall, while 23 percent prefer Trump. The gap between Clinton and Trump represents a 37-26 margin among the Jewish population. Clinton is much more popular among Israeli-Arabs, enjoying a 37 percentage point margin over Trump (44% vs. 7%).

The poll showed Ted Cruz with 5 percent support and Marco Rubio with 4 percent. Both Republican senators received less support than Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who is the preferred candidate for 7 percent of Israelis.

Sanders spent six months volunteering at Kibbutz Sha’ar HaAmakim in Israel in the 1960′s.

A poll conducted by Israel’s national radio last month showed 41 percent of Israelis prefer Clinton, while only 14 percent favor Trump.

Trump, however, ties Clinton when respondents were asked, “Which candidate do you think would be the best for Israel’s interests?”

According to the poll, 25 percent think Trump will better serve Israel’s interests as president, while 24 percent think the same about Clinton, and 18 percent are evenly split between Cruz, Rubio and Sanders. 33% of respondents did not have an opinion. Among Israeli Jews, Trump leads Clinton by six percentage points (28% vs. 22%).

Israelis who voted for right-wing parties in last year’s Knesset election largely prefer Trump, while left-wing and centrist voters prefer Clinton. The only group in which Rubio received more than 10 percent of the support is religiously-affiliated Israelis, although Trump leads him by 12 points (27% vs. 15%).

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