They’re like Israel, only worse.
Pithy profundity. The correlation between net sentiments* on Saudi Arabia and net sentiments on Israel across the demographic groups presented here is a fairly robust .66. The gaps between groups is similar, albeit shifted substantially more positive across the board for Israel relative to Saudi Arabia.
The truly staggering, if depressingly predictable, correlation of -.95 comes by way of comparing sentiments on Israel with sentiments on Iran. Given the survey’s structure, this reveals an essentially perfect inverse relationship between how people feel about Israel and how they feel about Iran. The more positive they are about the former, the more negative they are about the latter.
It’s impossible not to notice the almost perfect symmetry.
* Calculated as follows: (1.5*%Ally)+(0.5*%Friendly)-(0.5*%Unfriendly)-(1.5*Enemy).