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Gallup: American Support for Palestinian State Dwindles

Two charts from a new Gallup poll on American attitudes toward Palestine offer a neat summary of where things seem to be headed: First, support for an independent Palestinian state is dwindling.

And second, opinions on this issue are becoming increasingly polarized:

As recently as 2003, Republicans, Democrats and Independents were roughly on the same page when it came to Palestinian statehood. Since then, Democratic support has stayed constant or ticked upward and GOP support has collapsed. (This fits with a broader pattern we have noted before: As with immigration, abortion, and other hot-button issues where Democrats and Republicans used to overlap significantly, views on Israel-Palestine are becoming increasingly sorted along party lines).

Overall, however, the steep decline in GOP support for a Palestinian state overwhelmed continued Democratic commitment to the idea. As a result, supporters of an independent Palestine only lead opponents by three points—the smallest figure Gallup has recorded since the turn of the century. These trends in American public opinion is consistent with our decision to list the Palestinians as one of the seven biggest losers of 2016.

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  • Disappeared4x

    Surprising that many Americans can still afford to read the NYT, the voice of ‘all the palestinian news fit to print’.

  • demboj

    Americans have never “wanted” a Palestinian state. They prefer that Israel rule the whole area. However, they have always been prepared to accept a Palestinian State that recognizes Israel and does not have revanchist goals and ambitions AND does not engage in terrorism against Israelis AND Americans. American support for Palestine fluctuates as the Palestinians seem more or less likely to come to an agreement with Israel over a Palestinian State. The Democrats, now captured by the Left, are another kettle of fish. They see the Palestinians the same as they see Asians, Blacks, Hispanics, Immigrants, LGBTs, Women, etc.: just another weapon with which to attack American society and cultural norms.

  • rheddles

    Hard to believe that many Americans care.

  • Pait

    On the other hand… there is always a possibility that Jews and Arabs will find it safer to come closer together now that they have a common enemy in the Kremlin West, the building formerly known as the White House.

    I cannot predict the future by I am still free to look for reasons for optimism.

    • Psalms564

      Your bitterness is so delicious. That hatred aftertaste is magnificent. You are becoming one of my faves.

  • Proud Skeptic

    It’s the “Merry Christmas” effect. As soon as the Right realized that it was OK to admit what they are really feeling, they started to do exactly that.

    • ——————————

      And it needs to apply to much more than the Palestinian conflict….

    • FriendlyGoat

      Quite an irony on the concepts of either merry or Christmas.

  • sacip

    Actually, I am pleasantly surprised at how little the Dems. have shifted since 2003. I suspect a closer look within the party would show a clear divergence between traditional liberals/moderates and the newer, younger progressives who think like Obama and listen to National Palestinian Radio.

  • FriendlyGoat

    Americans’ attitudes on this now are reasonably shaped by 9/11, by our failure with two wars and a lot of spending to fix Afghanistan and Iraq, by various terror events in many places, by democratic backfires in Libya and Eqypt, by the mess in Syria and refugees streaming out all over the place. The more time goes by, the more events there are which we now know about—–when we didn’t exactly know until they happened. None of them paint Islam as reliable for a two-state Palestinian solution. Nonetheless, “who cares?” and “to heck with ’em anyway” works better in Oklahoma (metaphor for far away from the situation) than it works at the site.

  • Pete

    Can’t the Democrats ever be correct on anything?

  • Fat_Man

    The opinions of Americans are besides the point. The only real question is whether any Palestinian’s are interested in having a state. I always thought that if they really wanted one they could have it, but that they had no interest in collecting the trash and fixing potholes.

  • Disappeared4x

    Maybe next Gallup Poll will ask about a ‘palestinian something-like-a-state’ in Sinai and Gaza. “Ahead of White House meeting, Ayoub Kara says PM agreed to bring up rejected plan to relocate Palestinians to Egyptian territory By Raoul Wootliff February 14, 2017, 3:17 pm
    “…“Trump and Netanyahu will adopt the plan of Egypt’s Sissi. A Palestinian state in Gaza and Sinai. Instead of Judea and Samaria,” Kara wrote. “This is how we will pave a path to peace, including with the Sunni coalition.”

    Kara was referring to a reported 2014 Egyptian proposal to resettle Palestinian refugees in a large tract of land in the Sinai Peninsula
    to be annexed to the Gaza Strip. While the plan was rejected by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and denied by Egyptian officials, Israeli ministers welcomed the report as a rejection of efforts to create a Palestinian state in the West Bank. …”

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