The findings reverse a several-year trend of rising support for Obama in Israel, amid increasingly cool relations between the two states over US foreign policy in the Middle East and tensions between the White House and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over Iran’s nuclear program.
According to the survey, which spoke to 1,000 people in the country during April and May, 80% of Israelis disapprove of how Obama is dealing with Iran’s nuclear program.
Among those who identify with Netanyahu’s Likud party, just 40% have confidence in Obama’s role in global affairs.
By comparison, Americans surveyed were slightly more lukewarm about their president, with 58% saying they have confidence in his role on the global stage.
A similar survey of world opinion on Obama in 2014 found 71% in Israel approving of his work, a 10 point jump over 2013.