Americans are “as strongly pro-Israel” as anytime in the thirty years Gallup has polling American attitudes on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the polling agency assessed in a news alert released on Wednesday.
The 64% of Americans who sympathize more with Israel matches the high previously recorded in 1991 and 2013.
— Omri Ceren (@omriceren) March 13, 2018
In contrast, only 19% of those surveyed greater sympathy for the Palestinians and 16% favored neither side.
The increased percentage of Americans showing sympathy for Israel was driven by an increase in Republican support for the Jewish state now at an all-time high of 87%. Democratic sympathy stood at 49%, which is up from 42% in 2001 and consistent with the average since then. 59% of independents felt more sympathy for Israel, up from 51% in 2001 and roughly where their support has been since 2008.
This is consistent with the findings of a 2014 Pew poll which found that while Democratic support for Israel remained strong, Republican support has surged in recent years.
— GallupNews (@GallupNews) March 13, 2018
The news release also showed that nearly twice as many Americans favored more United States pressure on the Palestinians to make peace than on Israel by a margin of 50% to 27%.
In addition, 74% of Americans view Israel favorably, while 21% view Israel unfavorably. Israel’s favorable rating is the highest it’s been since 1991, when Israel was targeted by Scuds, launched by Iraq’s then-dictator Saddam Hussein. The numbers for the Palestinian Authority were nearly reversed with 71% of Americans viewing the PA unfavorably, while only 21% viewing it favorably.
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