In its recently released poll, 7 in 10 Americans view Israel favorably across all political party lines – a level of support that has been steady in recent years, Gallup reported Wednesday.
According to Gallup, the 69% of Americans who view Israel “very” or “mostly favorably” was down slightly from last year’s 74%, but “within the 66% to 72% range seen between 2010 and 2017.” In stark contrast, 70% hold a “mostly” or “very” unfavorable view of the Palestinian Authority, which is “identical to last year and similar to the finding most years since 2010.”
The poll surveyed 1,016 adults from Feb. 1 to 10.
The analysis showed that, overall, the average American support for Israel across all political identifications over the past three years is higher than it was from 2001 to 2004. Support for Israel was highest among “conservative” Republicans, followed by “moderate/liberal” Republicans, “moderate/conservative” Democrats and lastly, “liberal” Democrats.
The poll emphasized that “all groups, including liberal Democrats, have maintained a largely favorable view of Israel since 2001.” In viewing the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, 59% of Americans said that they favored Israel and only 21% said that they favored the Palestinians.
The polling was conducted before freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar suggested American Jews owed their allegiance to Israel – a comment that has drawn bipartisan backlash and evoked condemnation from outside groups, including many in the pro-Israel community.
According to Gallup, their latest poll shows “a slight softening of Americans’ partiality toward Israel in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, particularly among moderate/liberal Republicans and, to a lesser extent, liberal Democrats.”
Last year’s survey found that nearly twice as many Americans (50%) felt that more pressure should be brought to bear on the Palestinians than on Israel (27%). That question was not addressed in the 2019 survey.
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