The difference is within the margin of error, but so what?
Only 24% disapprove of the Israeli prime minister -- a majority of 51% disapprove of the president of the United States.
Nothing personal; these are job approval numbers.
Ahead of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to the U.S. Congress that has strained relations between Israel and the White House, nearly twice as many Americans view Israel's leader favorably (45%) as unfavorably (24%). Netanyahu's favorable score is up from 35% in 2012. His current favorable rating ties his highest rating among the six times Gallup has measured it, spanning his three tenures as prime minister.From Politico:
In 2012, just 35 percent of Americans responded that they saw Netanyahu in a positive light.
This time around, Republicans, independents and even Democrats responded more favorably.
Republicans are high on the prime minister, in particular, with 60 percent viewing him positively. Among independents, Netanyahu’s favorability comes in at 45 percent, and he polled lowest with Democrats, at 31 percent. Netanyahu made the biggest jump among independents, with an increase of 13 percentage points since 2012.From Israel Matzav: "Maybe it pays to pick a fight with Obama."