49% of Americans blame activists for flotilla fiasco 9Jun10 June 10, 2010

Palestine Note -  9 June 2010

Washington – A Rasmssen Reports poll came out Monday announcing that 49% of American voters hold the activists onboard the Gaza-bound aid convoy were responsible for the deaths that resulted from their high-seas encounter with Israeli naval forces.

Israeli forces launched a pre-dawn raid of six “Freedom Flotilla” vessels, most notably the 600-passenger Turkish-owned Mavi Marmara, May 31 in international waters. Israeli forces killed nine activists, including eight Turkish citizens and one American of Turkish descent, during the raid.

The polling center’s national telephone survey found that “just 19% of voters think the Israelis are to blame. Thirty-two percent (32%) more are not sure.”

The survey engaged 1000 “likely US voters” June 3-4, 2010, with a +/- 3% margin of error and a 95% confidence level. The report did not specify what questions, language or criteria were used in conducting the poll.

While half of Americans feel the activists were to blame for the deaths, according to the poll, “51% say Israel should allow an international investigation of the incident.” 25% sided with Israel on the subject, rejecting the idea of an international investigation.

The poll also found that 49% of those polled said “most countries are too critical of Israel.”

Americans do not support all Israeli endeavors, however. A March 17, 2010 poll found that 49% of likely US voters feel Israel should halt settlement construction to further the peace process.

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