The latest Pew Research Center survey confirms what many Americans suspected: Republicans like both the Israeli people and the Israeli government much more than Democrats do.
The Pew Research Center conducted a survey in early April of more than ten thousand Americans. The goal of this survey was to determine whether Americans have favorable or unfavorable opinions about Israelis and Palestinian Arabs.
MORE AMERICANS HAVE FAVORABLE OPINIONS OF ISRAELIS THAN THEY DO OF PALESTINIAN ARABS
The survey revealed that most Americans have more favorable opinions about Israelis than they do about Palestinian Arabs. However, there is a distinct difference between Democrats and Republicans, with far more Republicans than Democrats having a positive view towards Israelis. The disparity was particularly stark when comparing attitudes towards the Israeli government, with 61 percent of Republicans viewing the Israeli government favorably while only 32 percent of Democrats have a favorable view of the Israeli government.
Evangelical Republicans are the most likely to express a favorable opinion of Israeli government with nearly three-quarters (73%) holding such a view, versus 55 percent of non-evangelicals.
DEMOCRATS ARE FAR MORE LIKELY TO VIEW PALESTINIAN ARABS FAVORABLY THAN ARE REPUBLICANS
Democrats are far more likely (58%) than Republicans (32%) to hold positive views of Palestinian Arabs than are Republicans.
While a majority of both parties hold negative opinions towards the Palestinian Arab government, Democrats view it more favorably (35%) than do Republicans (19%).
PLURALITY OF ALL AMERICANS VIEW BOTH PEOPLES FAVORABLY AND BOTH GOVERNMENTS UNFAVORABLY
A plurality of all Americans (39%) have a favorable opinion of both Israelis and Palestinian Arabs, while 43% of all Americans have unfavorable opinions of both governments. Once again, however, Republicans hold far higher opinions of Israelis versus Palestinian Arabs – “nearly half (46%) view Israelis favorably and Palestinians unfavorably. Democrats view the Israeli government and the Palestinian government equally unfavorably (53%).
REPUBLICANS BELIEVE TRUMP IS TREATING EACH PEOPLE FAIRLY
Survey respondents were also asked about how they view President Donald Trump’s treatment of the two peoples. They were offered a choice of saying the President is treating either the Israelis too favorably, the Palestinians too favorably, or that Trump is striking the right balance.
Nearly four-fifths (79%) of Republicans believe the President is striking the right balance in his dealings with the two peoples. More than half of Democrats, however, believe Trump is favoring the Israelis too much. By a wide margin, according to the Pew professionals responsible for the survey, “most liberal Democrats (66%) say Trump is favoring the Israelis too much.”
ROUGHER WATERS MAY BE AHEAD FOR ISRAELIS AND REPUBLICANS
With respect to the lovefest of Republicans towards Israelis, there is a harbinger of less happy days ahead. Democrats in every age group have more favorable feelings towards Palestinian Arabs than do the same cohorts of Republicans. But younger Republicans have less favorable views towards Israelis and more favorable ones towards Palestinian Arabs than do older Republicans.