McCain tops Obama for Israeli vote Favored by elderly, poll finds
Israeli Jews favor the senator from Arizona over his Democratic rival Sen. Barack Obama, according to a 500-person poll.As in the U.S., the balance of support for the candidates moves rightward as voters get older.
Mr. Obama's sole advantage among Israelis comes among voters aged 18 to 24, who support him by a seven percentage-point margin. But among Israeli senior citizens, Mr. McCain holds a 30-point lead.
"Israelis are very disturbed about the Iranian threat. If they know anything about John McCain, it's that he's supposed to be tough on Iran," said Dahlia Scheindlin, a Tel Aviv-based pollster and political analyst.
Mr. Obama is "both unknown and has a Muslim middle name. They're influenced by the most superficial level of American discourse."