Americans' favorable views of Israel highest in years, says new study

Americans' favorable views of Israel highest in years, says new study

Americans' favorable views of Israel highest in years, says new study

Results of a new national poll published Tuesday found extremely high levels of support for Israel among Americans, with some measures of support matching some of the highest levels ever recorded.

"As the Trump administration prepares to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and is reportedly finalizing its broader Middle East peace plan, Americans' stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is as strongly pro-Israel as at any time in Gallup's three-decade trend", wrote senior Gallup editor Lydia Saad.

Today, 74% of USA adults view Israel favorably, 23% unfavorably - while 21% view the Palestinian Authority favorably and 71% unfavorably. According to the Gallup poll, 87% of Republicans sympathize more with Israel than the Palestinians, though that number among Democrats is only 49%, representing a 38 point difference.

Support for both sides varied according to age and political affiliation.

Support for Israel highest among Republicans (at 83%) followed by Independents (at 72%), and Democrats (at 64%). Support for the Palestinian Authority, meanwhile, was highest among Democrats (27%) than among Independents (21%) or Republicans (12%).

Democrats increased their support for Israel to 49 percent, up from 42 percent in 2001.

Overall, 64 percent of those polled said they sympathized more with Israel, whereas 19 percent said they sympathize more with the Palestinians. In addition, the percentage of Americans sympathizing with neither side, both sides or hold a neutral opinion is at an all-time low.

And lest you feel sorry for the Palestinian Authority, this is their second consecutive year with rating above 20%, after six years below twenty.

Partisan divides were also apparent with regards to the conflict.

Eighty-eight percent of Republicans support Israelis over Palestinians, the highest level since the 2001 run-up to the Iraq War, when 77 percent felt the same way. That figure is up 6% from a year ago alone, when the strongly pro-Israel administration of US President Donald Trump moved into the White House. Those figures have remained relatively unchanged since 2013.

The poll, of a randomized sample of 1,044 adults in all 50 states and Washington D.C., was conducted between February 1 and 10, 2018 - after US President Donald Trump's December declaration backing Israel's claim over Jerusalem.

Since Trump assumed office, the US's partnership with Israel has flourished at the expense of a deteriorating relationship with the Palestinians.

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