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Most Americans still have "no opinion" on "more sympathy for Israelis vs Palestinians" question.

On March 6 Gallup claimed 59% of Americans sympathized more with the Israelis and only 21% sympathized more with the Palestinians. The poll was part of a multi-question survey fielded by telephone. Gallup’s question was, "In the Middle East situation, are your sympathies more with the Israelis or more with the Palestinians?"

Gallup said this high purported level of sympathy for Israel was nevertheless below its 64% peak reported by Gallup in 2018. According to Gallup, US sympathy for Israel has now reached its lowest level since 2009.

For the second year IRmep fielded Gallup’s precisely worded sympathy question through the Google Surveys online platform between March 6-8 and once again received vastly different results.

Question: In the Middle East situation, are your sympathies more with the Israelis or more with the Palestinians?


A majority of Americans, 52.5%, far from expressing overwhelming – but declining – sympathy for Israel, claim that they hold "No opinion" on the matter. Only 22.2% of Americans said they sympathized more with the Israelis. This amount is less than the total number (25.3%) of Americans answering "Neither" "Both" and "Palestinians. The "Palestinians" response was 6.8%.

No Opinion 52.5%
Israelis 22.2%  
Neither  10.6%  
Both  7.9%  
Palestinians  6.8%  

Survey developed by: Gallup, submitted for verification by IRmep
Survey fielded by: Google Surveys 3/6/2019
Representative Sample size: 1.003
Google survey page (link)

Raw survey data from Google (Download)

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Poll: Only 22.2% in US Sympathize More With Israelis - Despite Gallup claims, most Americans have "no opinion" 


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