74% of Republicans, 33% Democrats Sympathize With Israel Over Palestinians

According to a Pew Research Center survey conducted between January 4-9 and published on Thursday, 74 percent of Republicans sympathize more with Israel than the Palestinians, while only 33 percent of Democrats feel the same way. This is the largest difference in that statistic since 1978.

Eleven percent more Republicans sympathize more with the Palestinians, while 15 percent say they sympathize with neither side, both sides or do not offer a view.

Thirty-three percent  more Democrats sympathize more with Israel, 31 percent more with the Palestinians, while 35 percent sympathize with neither, both or don’t express an opinion. The share of Democrats sympathizing more with Israel has fallen 10 points since April 2016, when 43 percent said they sympathized more with Israel.

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Sixty percent of Democrats say a way can be found for Israel and an independent Palestinian state to peacefully co-exist.44 percent of  Republicans say a peaceful two-state solution is possible, while 49 percent say it is not.

Half of Republicans and Republican leaners have a favorable impression of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, compared with 22 percent who have an unfavorable view, while 28 percent do not offer an opinion. Among Democrats and Democratic leaners, opinions are nearly the reverse. 21 percent view Netanyahu favorably, while 45 percent  have an unfavorable opinion and 34 percent do not express a view.

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Source: Israel in the News