Israel is the most positively viewed nation in the Middle East, at least as far as Americans are concerned.

The Jewish state received a 72 percent favorability rating in a recent Gallup poll tracking how US citizens perceive the Middle East. That figure is an increase from Israel’s favorability rating in last year’s poll, which was at 66 percent.


The ranking put the Jewish state far ahead of the second most favorable nation—Egypt, which earned a score of 45 percent. Saudi Arabia was at 35 percent and the Palestinian Authority and Libya each received 19 percent.

Iran came in last in the poll, with a 12 percent favorability, up from 10 percent last year, though the margin of error is 4 percentage points.

Gallup showed age does play a part in the ratings. Older Americans were more likely to rank Israel higher, with respondents aged 55 and up putting Israel’s favorability at 81 percent. Those aged between 18 and 34 rated the Jewish state at 64 percent.

The survey was conducted by polling 1,023 Americans aged 18 and up.