Posted on July 27, 2016 in Reports

The Arab American Institute (AAI) released a new Zogby Research Services poll tracking American Attitudes toward the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict on Wednesday, July 27, 2016.

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Key Findings

  • Overall, nearly half (49%) of Americans view Israelis favorably, and nearly half (49%) view Palestinians unfavorably. Despite this, American voters believe that Israelis and Palestinians deserve equal rights by a margin of 65% to 14%.
  • There is a strong partisan divide on U.S. policy toward Israel. Republicans are more likely to perceive current policies as favoring the Palestinians, and more likely to believe the next administration should favor the Israelis in forming policy. At the same time, Democrats are more likely to perceive current policy as favoring the Israelis while believing the next administration should attempt to strike a balance between the two.
  • Pluralities of both parties agree that the U.S. spends too much on military aid to Israel.
  • Of note is the high rate of respondents indicating they are not familiar enough with the topic to offer an opinion, especially among younger Americans (18-29) and Independents. The high response rate of uncertainty indicates that unlike during the 1990s, when the Peace Process was underway and in the headlines, there is a lack of focus and uncertainty on some key issues. 

Methodology

Zogby Analytics was commissioned by Zogby Research Services to conduct an online survey of 1503 adults in the US. Based on a confidence interval of 95%, the margin of error for 1503 is +/- 2.6 percentage points.