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American Support for Israel in Palestinian Conflict Lowest in Years

03-07-2019

American support for Israel in its conflict with the Palestinians is the lowest it’s been in a decade, according to a new Gallup poll released Wednesday.

The Gallup poll found that 59 percent of Americans say they are more sympathetic towards Israel in the conflict, while 21 percent are more sympathetic towards the Palestinians.

Although most Americans remain partial towards Israel, support for the Jewish state in the conflict is down from 64 percent in 2018. That marks the lowest percentage favoring Israel since 2009.

"Meanwhile, the 21% sympathizing more with the Palestinians, statistically unchanged from a year ago, is the highest by one point in Gallup's trend since 2001," the report said.

A Political Divide

Gallup also noted an overall decline in support for Israel among both Republicans and Democrats.

Today, 76 percent of Republicans say they sympathize more with Israel in the conflict, which fell from an all-time high of 87 percent in 2018.

Democrats' support for Israel fell less sharply, from 49 percent to 43 percent.

However, Democrats' sympathy for the Jewish state approaches the lowest level since 2005.

Support for Israel within both major parties is also influenced by how conservative or liberal party members are.

"On this basis, it's clear that conservative Republicans have long been the most partial to Israel in the conflict, given their consistently high net-sympathy ratings. Moderate/liberal Republicans have the second-highest net-sympathy for Israel, followed by moderate/conservative Democrats, while liberal Democrats have the lowest net sympathy for Israel" the report said.

"While liberal Democrats are no less favorable toward Israel today than they have been over the past two decades, they have grown more favorable toward the Palestinians and, perhaps as a result, less likely to side with Israel in the conflict."

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