It would be political suicide for Democrats to embrace the anti-Israel far left.
A few days ago I wrote about the latest Gallup polling as to whether Americans sympathized more with Israel or the Palestinians.
Consistent with prior years, Americans overwhelmingly favor Israel by more than a 3-1 margin, while Bibi Netanyahu’s popularity has soared, Gallup: Americans still LOVE Israel a lot, Netanyahu popularity soars.
Gallup has now released more data, focusing on Israel’s favorability, Israel Maintains Positive Image in U.S.:
As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Donald Trump meet in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, 71% of Americans have a favorable view of Israel and 27% an unfavorable view. That represents the fourth straight year that Israel’s favorable rating has been 70% or higher.
From 2005 through 2012, Israel’s favorable score varied between 63% and 71%, but with most readings below 70%. Before that, it was more volatile, surging to 79% during the 1991 Gulf War but registering below 60% at times in 1989, 1991, 1992, 2000, 2002 and 2004.
Gallup goes on to note the wide demographic support:
Israel enjoys a positive image among all major U.S. demographic and political groups, but scores particularly well with Republicans (81% view it favorably) and adults 65 and older (77%). While a majority of Democrats view Israel favorably, the 61% doing so is the lowest of any major subgroup.
While the youngest age group has the lowest favorability rating, it’s still 63%, which is very high. Even Democrats as a whole have a 61% favorability rating. I do expect that number is lower for liberal Democrats, consistent with prior Pew polling; Gallup doesn’t give us that data.
What these two data sets show is that among the American public as a whole, support for Israel is at or near historical highs.
It would be political suicide for Democrats to embrace, or let themselves be taken over by, the anti-Israel far left.