Yet more poll evidence is showing that American Jews are not the primary source of American pro-Israel feeling: Only 40 percent of Jews believe that God gave Israel to the Jewish people, but 82 percent of Evangelicals and 47 percent of white Protestants believe this. More African American Protestants believe that God gave the country to the Jewish people than Jews believe this. That’s according to the Pew Research Center, which also found that white Protestants are also less content with America’s support of Israel than Jews are:
White evangelical Protestants also are more likely than Jews to favor stronger U.S. support of Israel. Among Jews, 54% say American support of the Jewish state is “about right,” while 31% say the U.S. is not supportive enough. By contrast, more white evangelical Protestants say the U.S. is not supportive enough of Israel (46%) than say support is about right (31%).
American Protestants (with the exception of a liberal minority) supported the idea of a Jewish state in the Middle East long before American Jews came to embrace this idea. That pattern still holds today; American Protestants, again a certain minority excepted, remain the strongest base for pro-Israel policy in American public opinion.