A majority of Americans say they sympathize with Israel over the Palestinians, with 62 percent choosing Israel and 15 percent picking the Palestinians, according to a new Gallup poll.
At least "62% of Americans [say] their sympathies lie more with the Israelis and 15% favoring the Palestinians," according to the poll. "About one in four continue to be neutral, including 9% who sympathize with neither side, 3% who sympathize with both, and 11% expressing no opinion."
Support for Israel has only increased over the years, with Republican voters expressing particularly high support.
"Americans have consistently shown more support for Israel than for the Palestinians over the past 15 years," according to Gallup. "However, sympathy for Israel increased in 2006 to 59%, from 52% the year before, in a Gallup poll conducted shortly after the January 2006 Palestinian elections in which Hamas — which the U.S. government has classified as a terrorist group — won the majority of parliamentary seats. Support for Israel has since remained at 58% or higher."
"All major demographic and political subgroups of Americans lean toward Israel over the Palestinians on this question," Gallup found. "However, several characteristics are related to the extent of public support for Israel."