Galup Poll 2/11:
Americans’ views toward the Israeli-Palestinian conflict held fairly steady over the past year, with a near record-high 63% continuing to say their sympathies lie more with the Israelis. Seventeen percent sympathize more with the Palestinians.
About two-thirds of Americans have a favorable opinion of Israel and 19% have a favorable opinion of the Palestinian Authority
Republicans continue to be Israel’s strongest U.S. supporters: 80% sympathize more with the Israelis in the conflict, substantially higher than the 57% of independents and Democrats sharing this view. A similar pattern is seen by political ideology, ranging from 74% among conservatives to 49% among liberals — with liberals the least supportive of Israel of any group Gallup measured.
Over the past decade, Republicans have consistently shown greater support than Democrats for Israel; however, the partisan gap has widened, with Republicans becoming even more supportive between 2001 and 2003 and since 2009. Independents’ support for Israel also increased to around 60% in recent years, up from 42% in 2001. At the same time, Democrats’ support for Israel has been fairly flat.
public support for the Jewish state has been stronger than at any time other than in 1991,