Poll: Americans Sympathize With Israel More Than With Palestinians

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Pro-Israel supporters dance during a rally at Times Square in New York, to show support for Israel's military offensive in the Gaza Strip, July 20, 2014. Credit: Reuters

Nearly two-thirds of Americans sympathize at least somewhat with Israel after its conflict with Hamas in Gaza while more than a third have sympathy for the Palestinians, a Pew Research survey shows.

Turning the measure around, the survey, released Thursday, showed that more than a quarter of Americans have little or no sympathy for Israel and nearly half feel the same about the Palestinians.

The seven-week conflict between the two sides ended in a cease-fire on Tuesday. The survey of 1,501 adults by the Washington-based non-partisan research institute was taken August 20 through 24.

The specific figures show 34 percent sympathize "a lot" and 32 percent "some" with Israel, while the numbers are 11 percent and 35 percent respectively for the Palestinians.

Some 15 percent sympathize "not much" and 12 percent "not at all" with Israel. The figures are 20 percent and 27 percent for the Palestinians.

On the question of whether a peaceful two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict can be found, 48 percent of Americans said yes and 43 percent said no. The figures were 46 percent and 44 percent, respectively, in an April Pew survey.

And some 49 percent of Americans say that President Barack Obama is properly balancing the two sides as he manages through the conflict, while 22 percent say he favors the Palestinians too much and 13 percent say he favors the Israelis too much, the survey says. The results are little changed from April, Pew reported.

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