Poll: Americans’ Attitude Toward Israel at Lowest Level in Decade

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The results of Gallup’s annual World Affairs survey show that 59 percent of Americans sympathize with Israelis over the Palestinians, which is the lowest level since 2009, reported Axios.

The 2019 poll was conducted Feb. 1-10, prior to Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-Minn.) controversial remarks questioning U.S. support for Israel and suggesting that some supporters of Israel are pushing for “allegiance to a foreign country.”

The poll shows that positive American attitudes toward Israel could slowly be changing. However, Americans’ preference for Israel is still much more widespread. Even though the percentage of Americans who favored the Palestinians over Israelis was at a record high since 2001, it still lagged far behind at 21 percent.

In other findings in the poll: 69 percent of U.S. adults view Israel very or mostly favorably, down from 74 percent last year but within the 66 percent to 72 percent range seen between 2010 and 2017.