Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

AAI: New Hampshire and Iowa Polls

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

AAI: New Hampshire and Iowa Polls

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In October the Arab American Institute (AAI) released the findings of public-opinion polls of New Hampshire and Iowa voters which revealed that citizens of these kickoff states for presidential politics have a heightened concern about US Middle East policy. The telephone survey polls, conducted by the Gordon S. Black Corporation for AAI between August 30 and September 2, indicate that voters in both states are growing increasingly intolerant of presidential candidates who opt for political expediency over sound foreign policy.

By a 2-to-1 margin, the polls show that Iowa and New Hampshire voters support the "land-for-peace" policy advocated by the Bush administration. On the question of Palestinian statehood, the voters favor creation of a Palestinian state by a margin of more than 4-to-1.

On the loan guarantee issue, about 84 percent of the voters from both states believe that the US either should not provide the loan guarantees or should provide them on condition that Israel first stop building Jewish settlements in the occupied territories (margin of error of plus or minus 5.5 percent).

Over 60 percent of Iowa voters responded that Iowa Senator Tom Harkin should vote against the loan guarantees. …

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