In the U.S., More Jews Than Christians See Trump's Policies as Too pro-Israel, Poll Finds

42 percent of Jews said that Trump’s policies were too favorable to Israel while 26 percent of Christian thought so and 15 percent of Evangelicals held this view

Likud party supporters, one wearing a mask depicting U.S. President Donald Trump, walk past stalls in Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem April 7, 2019.
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American Jews are more likely than American Christians to think that President Donald Trump’s policies are too favorable to Israel, according to a recent poll by the Pew Research Center. As part of a national poll on American attitudes toward Israel, the respondents were asked whether they thought Trump’s policies in the Middle East were too favorable to Israel, too favorable to the Palestinians, or had the right balance.

Among Jewish respondents, 42 percent said that Trump’s policies were too favorable to Israel. Only 6 percent said that his policies were too favorable to the Palestinians, while a plurality of 47 percent said the policy struck the right balance. Among Christian respondents, meanwhile, only 26 percent said Trump’s policies were too favorable to Israel, while 59 percent said the 45th president has the ‘right balance.’

Within the different Christian denominations, there are different views on the subject. Among Evangelical Christians, 72 percent think Trump’s policy strikes the “right balance,” and only 15 percent think he is too favorable to Israel. Among Catholics, 34 percent think he is too favorable to Israel, and 51 percent think he has the “right balance.” In addition, 33 percent of the respondents who belong to the “historically black” church said that Trump’s policies are too favorable to Israel, and 40 percent of them said it has the right balance.

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The full poll, which was published two weeks ago, focused on measuring public views among Americans of the Israeli and Palestinian governments, and the Israeli and Palestinian people. It showed that while most Americans have a favorable view of the Israeli people, almost half have a negative view of the Israeli government - including a majority of Democrats

The article published on Monday included new information on how these questions were answered by respondents from different religious groups.

Overall, it showed that 48 percent of Christians - including 61 percent of Evangelicals - have a favorable view of the Israeli government. However, a plurality of Catholics – 49 percent - have a negative view of the Israeli government, and so does a big majority – 61 percent - of Christians who belong to the historically black church. 

The most negative view of the Israeli government is found among respondents who are religiously “unaffiliated.” Almost two thirds of them – 66 percent - said that they have a negative view of the Israeli government.

Only 26 percent said they have a favorable view. The article did not contain information on how Jewish American respondents answered this question.