Americans Maintain Broad Support for Israel

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,

via Americans Maintain Broad Support for Israel.

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