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Pew: 52 Points Separate Polarized GOP, Dem Views of Israel

Pew: 52 Points Separate Polarized GOP, Dem Views of Israel
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By    |   Tuesday, 23 January 2018 12:08 PM

The 52-point gap between Republicans and Democrats regarding their views of Israel is at its widest margin since 1978, according to the latest Pew Research survey.

Nearly 80 percent of Republicans sympathize more with Israel than the Palestinians, the high mark ever for GOP voters, according to Pew's findings.

The results, according to Pew:

  • 79 percent of Republicans favor Israel, up 29 points since 2001.
  • 27 percent of Democrats favor Israel, down 11 points since 2001.
  • 42 percent of Independents favor Israel.

The results in 1978:

  • 49 percent of Republicans favored Israel.
  • 44 percent of Democrats favored Israel.
  • 45 percent of Independents favored Israel.

Driving the deep partisan divide are views about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. While 31 percent overall have a favorable view of Netanyahu vs. 28 percent unfavorable (41 percent don't know), the ideological splits are marked.

Those results, according to Pew:

  • 52 percent of Republicans have a favorable view of Netanyahu.
  • 60 percent of conservatives have a favorable view of Netanyahu.
  • 39 percent of Democrats have an unfavorable view of Netanyahu.
  • 49 percent of liberals have an unfavorable view of Netanyahu.

Overall, 42 percent say President Donald Trump has struck the right balance between Israel and Palestinians, compared to 30 percent who said he favors Israel too much, according to Pew.

By contrast, 21 percent said former President Barack Obama favored the Palestinians too much in 2010, vs. 7 percent who said he favored Israel too much.

Pew Research Center surveyed 1,503 adults from Jan. 10-15 with a margin of error of 2.9 points.

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