(JNS.org) Most Americans are supportive of Israel’s actions during Operation Pillar of Defense, but a national survey by CNN shows lower support (40 percent) among those identifying themselves as registered Democratic voters.
“Only four in ten Democrats think the Israeli actions in Gaza are justified, compared to 74% of Republicans and 59% of independents,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland.
Despite the partisan differential, America remains a staunchly pro-Israel country, with nearly six in 10 Americans remaining firmly sympathetic to Israel, while only 13 percent say they side more with the Palestinians.
“That’s nothing new,” said Holland. “The number of Americans who sympathize more with the Palestinians has never been higher than 18% since the question was first asked in 1988.”
However, the lower numbers amongst registered Democrats might suggest a larger and more troubling long-term sign for Israel.
Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic discussed these concerns on his popular blog leading up to the Nov. 6 election.
“I think it is true that Israel remains popular across a large swath of America. I also think it’s true that this could change, as it already has among many liberals, including among some liberal American Jews,” Goldberg wrote.