Study shows increase in number of Americans sympathizing with Palestinians

Among supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) 39 percent sympathize more with the Palestinians than Israel. Credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr.com.

(JNS.org) A poll by the Pew Research Center released on Thursday showed an increase in the number of Americans who sympathize more with the Palestinians than with Israel since July 2014, an increase from 14 percent to 19 percent.

Most of those who increasingly sympathize with the Palestinians are liberal Democrats (40 percent), the largest number in 15 years. Millennials also showed a high increase in support of the Palestinians with a growth from 9 percent in 2006 to 27 percent today. Meanwhile, 79 percent of Republicans sympathize more with Israel, as do a smaller majority of moderate and liberal Republicans at 65 percent.

The biggest difference in the category of presidential candidate preferences was among supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.), who are notably divided. Thirty-three percent sympathize more with Israel and 39 percent sympathize more with the Palestinians. Forty-seven percent of Hillary Clinton supporters are more likely to support Israel.

Posted on May 5, 2016 .