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Gallup: Americans still love Israel, a lot

Gallup: Americans still love Israel, a lot

Though Democrat support weakens recently, presumably in response to Obama-Bibi spat.

In the various speeches I’ve given since the summer Gaza conflict, I’ve predicted that the conflict would not move the public opinion needle much, if at all. That, despite snap surveys over the summer which suggested potential weakening of support.

I also point out that some college campuses are anti-Israel bubbles, not reflective of the nation as a whole. Left-wing anti-Israel faculty in particular are isolated from the public on Israel, as they are on so many other things.

Gallup just released its annual survey of opinions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Except for a very recent drop in Democrat support, presumably because of the dispute over Bibi Netanyahu’s appearance Congress, American support for Israel is as strong as ever.

Seven in 10 Americans Continue to View Israel Favorably:

Even as relations between the leaders of Israel and the United States reportedly deteriorate over disagreement about how to handle Iran’s nuclear program, Israel has retained its broadly favorable image in the U.S. over the past year. Seventy percent of Americans now view that country favorably, and 62% say they sympathize more with the Israelis than the Palestinians in the Mideast conflict. By contrast, 17% currently view the Palestinian Authority favorably, and 16% sympathize more with the Palestinians.

These attitudes, from Gallup’s Feb. 8-11 World Affairs survey, are unchanged from a year ago, suggesting that neither the evident friction between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, nor the 50-day conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip last year, greatly affected how each is perceived in the U.S.

Gallup Israel Palestinian Favorability Chart Feb 2015

What’s particularly interesting is when forced to choose, American still choose Israel by close to historic proportions:

Gallup Israel Palestinian Side With Feb 2015

There is only one point of weakness, and it is very recent. Democrats have moved away from Israel since the last survey, but support among Democrats traditionally has been weaker, as the chart shows. And even still, :

Gallup Israel Palestinian Side With By Party Feb 2015


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If Barky has his way (again), Gallup will pay for these numbers.

This reminds me of the Rise of Anti-Semitism articles about Europe. People of European descent do not seem to be the source of the incidents, or the nasty language. Further, in the United States, extremists and their organizations, such as the Muslim Brotherhood and CAIR, have lost their support from actual Muslims living in America.

Perhaps what we are seeing is evidence of the influx of foreign money into the Democratic Party.

    Valerie in reply to Valerie. | February 23, 2015 at 11:02 am

    This is not necessarily an accusation against Democratic politicians, generally. Foreigners do seek to use their money to influence opinion in the US, as shown by various efforts by Mexican and Asian nationals to influence local politicians in California, as wells as the Saudis funding of the Clinton Foundation. Our anti-bribery laws restrict those efforts, and the politicians are not necessarily aware of such efforts, which likely rely on US citizens as fronts.

    MattMusson in reply to Valerie. | February 23, 2015 at 4:09 pm


    jayjerome66 in reply to Valerie. | February 23, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    And let’s not ignore the influx of Saudi money into the Republican party as well — or doesn’t the name Norm Coleman ring a bell?

      Ragspierre in reply to jayjerome66. | February 23, 2015 at 5:40 pm

      You mean the Norm Colman Fat Al Franken stole the Senate seat from?

      The guy who was an opponent of Iran in the Senate?

      Who is an outspoken friend of Israel?

      Which moonbattery lie-0-tron are you reading this crap from?

      Oh, and where are my New York Post links I asked you for?

        jayjerome66 in reply to Ragspierre. | February 23, 2015 at 6:54 pm

        I mean Norm Coleman, former US Republican Senator from Minnesota, a well paid lobbyist for the Saudis. Norm leads one of the largest Super PACS in the country, and happily funnels money to boost Republican candidates in races across the coutnry via the American Action Network and the Congressional Leadership Fund. If you’re really concerned about Saudi influence in government, why doesn’t that raise red flags for you? Oh, right, because you’re red to the core.

        As to the links, why don’t you get off your lazy ass and simply Google “New York Post headlines” and click the image button. The Woods and the Carey covers should show on the first page. You might have to scan down for the Topless headline.

        My point referencing those headlines was you can’t trust/rely on a story about about the Clintons initiated in a Murdock owned tabloid like the NY Post, which is more interested in perverting news from a right wing stance then honestly reporting it. It’s four times more conservative then Fox News, and eight times less reliable.

        What’s really pathetic is you accusing me of using ad hominem attacks. Are you familiar with the psychological term ‘projection?’ Where you accuse someone else of possessing or using your own foibles? You’re the ad hominem prince of insult. When HAVEN’T you used them against Obama or the Clintons or any other Democrat whose views you don’t like? It’s your default attack mode: preface any comment with snide insults or disparaging descriptions, and attack their character rather then the content of the arguments they’re making.


    Juba Doobai! in reply to Valerie. | February 23, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    “Further, in the United States, extremists and their organizations, such as the Muslim Brotherhood and CAIR, have lost their support from actual Muslims living in America.”

    Valerie, stop with the pro-Muslim fables. The BDSM movement is driven by Muslims in America, students on American camouses who are members of the MSA. The despicable behavior towards Jews wherever Muslims are found, the acts of aggression, the constant threat situation for American Jews on American campuses say you are spouting fantasies.

    Muslims in America are as hateful as they are in other countries around the world. They just don’t have the population numbers, yet, at which they start raising hell and making frequent and explicit threat against the history they have invaded. Meantime, CAIRO and others are doing it with lawfare. Ask that Muslim ćhick who claimed a guy in a pickup followed her. Ask the terrorist symp dad who tried to elevate a parking dispute into anti-Muslim bias.

    If Muslims in America are no longer supporting Hamas, it’s because they are supporting ISIS. Ask the Somalis and other Muslims who have left this country to fight for ISIS.

    So, please, Valerie, stop the pro-Islam propaganda. We have in our midst a bunch if savages who assert they came to dominate, not assimilate, and Obama us importing more by the hundreds of thousands. We don’t need to hear fairy tales about them.

    Estragon in reply to Valerie. | February 24, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Democrats are becoming less favorable to Israel because they observe that being antagonistic to Israel has not cost them American Jewish donations in any significant amount.

    They are letting their true, radical revolutionary selves out more with Obama and Warren. Communists, despite the large number of Jewish intellectuals in the forefront of formulating and defending their foul ideology, are among the most antisemitic of all.

    It is a facet of Socialism generally, which requires scapegoats at every way-point to explain why none of their policies work.

Interesting graphic showing yet another area where Deemocrats/Collectivists are out of phase/touch with America.


“Democrats have moved away from Israel since the last survey, but support among Democrats traditionally has been weaker, as the chart shows.”

And yet American Jews will overwhelmingly support the Democrats at the polls. It boggles the mind.

Americans still love Israel a lot, and that will rise still further once Bibi speaks to congress and reminds us what true leadership looks and sounds like.

    All of which contributes to obama being furious that Bibi will speak to congress.

    jayjerome66 in reply to Henry Hawkins. | February 23, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    If Bibi’s such a great leader, why did GW Bush call him a liar, and think him an overall pain in the ass?

    And why don’t more Israelis think he’s so great? Up until last month a majority of them wanted him to hit the road. He’s recovered recently, but with only a 46 to 45 percent lead in the polls.

    Those dumb Israelis who don’t like him must be Yiddish Collectivists! They need to get their brains untangled! Bibi should hire you as a PR consultant; pack your bags, Henry — if he calls you need to be ready to go!!

Hate is a big motivator … so the haters make noise and headlines for lowly supported positions.

A problem with zealots is they’re often one issue voters. Global warming nuts, feminists, lgbt’s, Medicare, race issues, entitlements, etc. In that light it is not so great that only 59% of Independents support ally Israel over terror sponsored “Palestine” that demands Israel’s annihilation.

The left and media target compromised groups with propaganda. Evil Republicans want dirty air, are racists, misogynists, hate the poor, shut down government, etc. The ginned up anger yielded a “G-d Damn America” incompetent Obama, promising hope and change from the evil status quo. Hopefully they get over it before we get Queen Hillary.

Phillep Harding | February 23, 2015 at 1:21 pm

Hard core “liberal” numbers are up around 23%, if I understand various polls. Figure the moslems at around 2%, and even the Left is not all anti Israel.