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Israel-Palestine favorability gap getting wider

by Shmuel Rosner

May 6, 2013 | 8:24 am

Updated: February, 2015

If you are searching for some good news in these days of US-Israel tension, the good people of Gallup might be able to help you. They just posted their annual assessment of Israel’s US favorability numbers, and the numbers are, well, more than satisfying. Israel’s position is strong, its favorability are high, and the changes from last year are not highly significant. A vast majority of Americans (70%) view Israel “favorably” or “mostly favorably”. That is not as high as last year, but higher than two years ago - and keeps with the overall upward trend of recent years.

True, the percentage of Democrats favoring Israel dropped this year compared to last year. But considering current tensions between the Netanyahu government and the Obama administration, that should not be a great surprise. The current state of support (48%) is down from last year, but hardly unprecedented. Ten years ago it was lower, four years ago it was just about the same. There is a wide gap between Republican and Democratic support for Israel – and there is nothing new about this.

Gallup also asked the traditional Israel vs. Palestinians question, and here the picture is also positive. As we started doing back in December of 2014, we present here not just the numbers for Israel and the Palestinians but also the gap between the two. That gap seems to be widening. That is, if support for Israel and the Palestinians were a zero sum game (it is not, but this poll presumes that many voters do think it is), then Israel’s situation improves.

Take a look at the numbers from Gallup:

Year

Israel

Palestinians

Gap

2015

62

16

46

2014

62

18

44

2012

61

17

44

2010

59

18

41

2008

58

20

38

2006

52

18

34

2004

58

13

45

2002

51

16

35

2000

43

12

31

1998

38

8

30

1994

42

15

27

1990

64

7

57

1988

37

15

22

 

And here's a graph:


(You can find an earlier post featuring long-term Pew and Gallup numbers here.)

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