The American public overwhelmingly sides with Israel rather than the Palestinians according to the most recent survey. According to a national survey conducted between July 8 and July14 Pew Research found that 51 percent of Americans sympathize with Israel while only 14 percent sympathize with the Palestinians. Interestingly enough, support is drawn along political party lines. 73 percent of Republicans sympathize with Israel while only 43 percent of Democrats do. 45 percent of independents sympathize with Israel.
Poll: Americans Side with Israel, Not Palestinians
51% of Americans say that in the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, they sympathize more with Israel; 14% prefer Palestinians.
By Gil Ronan/Israel National News
The sympathies of the American public continue to lie with Israel rather than the Palestinians, according to the Pew Research Center. Dating back to the late 1970s, the partisan gap in Mideast sympathies has never been wider.
Currently, 51% of Americans say that in the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians, they sympathize more with Israel. Just 14% sympathize more with the Palestinians, while 15% say that they sympathize with neither side and 3% sympathize with both, according to Pew.
These views are little changed from April, before the recent outbreak of Mideast violence. However, the share of Republicans who sympathize more with Israel has risen from 68% to 73%; 44% of Democrats express more sympathy for Israel than the Palestinians, which is largely unchanged from April (46%). The share of independents siding more with Israel than the Palestinians has slipped from 51% to 45%.
Just 17% of Democrats, 17% of independents and 6% of Republicans sympathize more with the Palestinians than Israel. These numbers have changed little since April.
The new national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted July 8-14 among 1,805 adults, finds substantial age differences in opinions about the dispute in the Middle East. Majorities of those 65 and older (60%) and 50-64 (56%) say they sympathize more with Israel, compared with fewer than half of those 30-49 (47%) and under 30 (44%). Those under 50 also are more likely than older Americans to sympathize more with the Palestinians.
Read the complete article about how Americans side with Israel at the Israel National News
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