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American Public Opinion Polls: Sympathy Toward Israel & the Arabs/Palestinians

(Updated May 2017)

“In the Middle East situation, are your sympathies more with Israel or with the Arabs/Palestinians?”

Month

Year

Pollster

Israel

Arabs

Contextual Timeline

February 2017 Gallup 62 19*
January 2017

Pew

51

19*

May 2016

Pew

54

19*

U.S. Election Campaign
February 2016

Gallup

62

15*

March

2015

Pew

65

11*

February

2015

Gallup

62

16*

February

2015

Israel Project+

53

11*

October

2014

Gallup

64

12*

August

2014

Pew^

51

14*

August

2014

NBC/WSJ

46

14*

Operation Protective Edge

July

2014

Pew^

51

14*

April

2013

Pew^

53

14*

February

2014

Gallup

62

18*

October

2013

ADL

48

16*

March

2013

Washington Post/ABC

55

9*

March

2013

Pew^

49

12*

February

2013

Gallup

64

12*

Israeli Elections

Dec.

2012

Pew^

50

10*

U.S. Presidential Elections

Nov. 16-18

2012

CNN

59

13*

Operation Pillar of Defense

July

2012

Israel Project+

61

7*

 

February

2012

Gallup

61

19*

February

2012

Israel Project+

57

6*

Nov.

2011

Israel Project+

60

8*

October

2011

ADL

49

18*

Shalit Exchange Deal

October

2011

Quinnipiac

51

15*

June

2011

Israel Project+

56

10*

 

May

2011

Pew^

48

11*

May

2011

CNN

67

16*

April

2011

Israel Project+

51

10*

February

2011

Israel Project+

50

5*

February

2011

Gallup

63

17*

Egyptian Revolution - "Arab Spring"

January

2011

Israel Project+

45

6*

Dec.

2010

Israel Project+

44

8*

 

Nov.

2010

Israel Project+

54

6*

Sept.

2010

Israel Project+

55

9*

June

2010

Israel Project+

56

8*

May

2010

Israel Project+

53

6*

Gaza Flotilla Incident

April

2010

Pew^

49

16*

 

April

2010

Quinnipiac

57

13*

February

2010

Israel Project+

57

7*

February

2010

Gallup

63

15*

October-November

2009

Pew^

51

12*

October

2009

ADL

45

15*

October

2009

Israel Project+

58

6*

August

2009

Israel Project+

59

8*

June

2009

Israel Project+

49

7*

Netanyahu Assumes Office

February

2009

Gallup

59

18*

Operation Cast Lead

January

2009

Pew^

49

11*

January

2009

Israel Project+

57

8*

January

2009

CNN

60

17*

Nov.

2008

Israel Project+

57

6*

2008 US Presidential Election

Sept.

2008

Israel Project+

51

7*

 

July

2008

Israel Project+

69

6*

March

2008

Israel Project+

60

8*

February

2008

Gallup

59

17*

January

2008

Israel Project+

62

9*

Dec.

2007

Israel Project+

61

10*

October

2007

ADL

45

16*

October

2007

Israel Project+

48

7*

July

2007

Israel Project+

49

5*

Hamas Takeover of Gaza

May

2007

Pew^

49

11*

April

2007

Israel Project+

65

10*

February

2007

Gallup

58

20*

 

January

2007

Israel Project+

50

7*

Nov.

2006

Israel Project+

54

6*

Sept.

2006

Israel Project+

53

5*

Aug.

2006

Pew^

52

11*

Second Lebanon War

Aug.

2006

Israel Project+

56

7*

July 27

2006

Israel Project+

58

6*

July 20

2006

Israel Project+

57

8*

July 16-18

2006

Israel Project+

60

7*

July 2

2006

Israel Project+

45

6*

July

2006

Pew^

44

9*

May

2006

Israel Project+

48

7*

 

Mar-May

2006

Pew^

48

13*

February

2006

Gallup

59

15*

January

2006

Israel Project+

45

7*

October

2005

Pew^

43

17*

October

2005

Israel Project+

46

10*

Aug.

2005

Israel Project+

38

8*

Disengagement from Gaza

July

2005

Pew^

37

12*

 

May

2005

Israel Project+

38

11*

March 18-25

2005

ADL

42

13*

February

2005

Israel Project+

40

10*

February

2005

Gallup

52

18*

January

2005

Israel Project+

39

6*

Nov.

2004

Israel Project+

49

10*

Sept.

2004

Israel Project+

48

6*

July

2004

Pew^

40

13*

July

2004

Israel Project+

47

9*

May

2004

Pew

46

12*

Assassinations of Hamas Leaders

March 23

2004

Israel Project+

48

8*

March 17

2004

Israel Project+

52

8*

February

2004

Pew^

46

12*

 

February

2004

Gallup

55

18*

January

2004

Israel Project+

52

10*

Dec

2003

ADL

40

15*

Nov

2003

Israel Project+

47

11*

Aug

2003

Israel Project+

42

6*

July

2003

Israel Project+

48

10*

May 29

2003

Israel Project+

42

8*

May 8

2003

Israel Project+

46

7*

May

2003

Gallup

46

16*

April

2003

Israel Project+

23

3*

February

2003

Gallup

58

13*

Sept.

2002

Gallup

47

14*

June

2002

Gallup

49

14*

May

2002

Gallup

49

15*

Operation Defensive Shield

April 22-24

2002

Gallup

47

13*

April 21

2002

ABC/Washington Post

49

14*

April 7

2002

ABC/Washington Post

41

9*

April

2002

Pew^

41

13*

April

2002

Gallup

50

15*

March

2002

Gallup

43

14*

February

2002

Gallup

55

14*

 

Dec.

2001

Gallup

51

14*

Dec.

2001

Quinnipiac

51

13*

Sept.

2001

Gallup

55

7*

Aug

2001

Gallup

41

13*

February

2001

Gallup

50

13*

October

2001

ABC/Washington Post

52

14*

Start of Palestinian War

October

2001

Pew^

47

10*

Sept.

2001

Pew^

40

17*

October

2000

Gallup

41

11*

 

July

2000

Gallup

41

12*

Withdrawal from Lebanon

January

2000

Gallup

43

13*

 

July

1999

Gallup

43

14*

Dec.

1998

Gallup

46

13*

April

1998

New York Times/CBS

58

13*

Sept.

1997

Pew^

48

13*

April

1997

New York Times/CBS

48

13*

Aug.

1997

Gallup

38

8*

Nov.

1996

Gallup

38

15*

Signing of Oslo Accords

Sept.

1993

Pew^

45

21*

Sept.

1993

Gallup

42

15*

March

1991

New York Times/CBS

49

20

 

Sept.

1991

ABC/Washington Post

57

20

March

1991

Gallup

60

17*

January

1991

Gallup

64

7

--

1990

Chicago CFR

34

14

Dec.

1990

Marttila & Kiley

48

20

October

1990

Gallup

48

23*

June

1990

New York Times/CBS

40

19

May

1990

AJC (Roper)

39

9

May

1990

Roper

34

15*

Mar.

1990

Harris

52

18

Sept.

1989

Marttila & Kiley

53

14

Sept.

1989

Marttila & Kiley

42

30*

Aug.

1989

Gallup

50

14*

June

1989

Roper

36

13

Apr.

1989

Washington Post/ABC

69

16

Apr.

1989

Roper

34

14*

Dec.

1988

Gallup

46

24*

Start of First Intifada

May

1988

ADL

44

13

May

1988

Gallup

37

15*

Apr.

1988

AJC

61

13

 

Apr.

1988

AJC

55

23*

Apr.

1988

Los Angeles Times

51

12

Apr.

1988

Los Angeles Times

37

25*

Apr.

1988

Chicago Tribune

42

27*

Apr.

1988

Roper

37

11

January

1988

Penn & Schoen

47

14

Apr.

1987

AJC

50

14*

March

1987

Roper

48

8

February

1987

Harris

58

8

June 23

1986

Washington Post/ABC

62

13

June

1986

Roper

53

8

May

1986

Gallup

43

20*

October

1985

Harris

64

14

Apr.

1985

Roper

42

10

July

1985

Washington Post/ABC

49

11

First Lebanon War

 

 

 

 

 

 


Sabra & Shatila Massacres

 

 

 

 

 

Mar.

1984

Roper

39

8

January

1984

Roper

44

8

Sept.

1983

Washington Post/ABC

49

13

July

1983

Roper

37

9

Mar.

1983

Gallup

49

12

February-Mar.

1983

Washington Post/ABC

52

16

January

1983

Gallup

49

12

January

1983

Gallup

49

12

January

1983

Washington Post/ABC

47

17

--

1982

Chicago CFR

40

17

October

1982

Roper

38

14

October

1982

Gallup

40

17*

Sep. 26

1982

Washington Post/ABC

48

27

Sep.

1982

Roper

40

12

Sep.

1982

Gallup

32

28

Aug.

1982

Gallup

41

12

Aug.

1982

Washington Post/ABC

52

18

Jul.

1982

Los Angeles Times

48

17

Jul.

1982

Gallup

52

10

June 11-14

1982

Gallup

52

10

June

1982

Roper

39

9

May

1982

Gallup

51

12

Mar.

1982

Washington Post/ABC

55

18

January

1982

Gallup

49

14

Nov.

1981

Gallup

49

12

Aug.

1981

Harris

47

15*

July-Aug.

1981

Gallup

44

11

July

1981

Roper

35

10

Raid on Iraqi Nuclear Reactor

October

1980

Gallup

45

13

 

July

1980

Harris

52

12

July

1980

Harris

47

14*

Mar.

1980

Roper

37

10

Nov.

1979

Gallup

40

14

Mar.

1979

Gallup

34

11

January 5-8

1979

Gallup

40

14

Dec.

1979

Yankelovich

49

6

Dec.

1979

Yankelovich

49

15*

October

1979

Los Angeles Times

49

11

Apr.

1979

Yankelovich

47

11

Mar.

1979

Roper

36

9

--

1978

Chicago CFR

45

14

Nov.

1978

Gallup

41

13*

Aug. 4-7

1978

Gallup

42

11

May

1978

Roper

35

9

Apr.

1978

Gallup

38

11

Mar.

1978

Gallup

44

11

January

1978

Roper

37

10

January

1977

Roper

47

6

Dec.

1977

Gallup

37

8

October 14-17

1977

Gallup

46

11

June 3-6

1977

Gallup

44

8

Mar.

1977

Roper

43

5

January

1976

Harris

52

6

January

1976

Harris

40

10*

January

1976

Yankelovich

56

9

Apr. 4-7

1975

Gallup

37

8

Apr.

1975

Roper

43

7

January

1975

Gallup

44

8

January

1975

Harris

33

14*

October

1974

Yankelovich

55

9

January

1974

Gallup

38

6

Dec.

1973

Gallup

50

7

Dec.7-10

1973

Gallup

54

8

Dec. 4

1973

Gallup

48

7

Nov.

1973

Roper

48

7

October

1973

Harris

39

4

Yom Kippur War

October 19-22

1973

Gallup

48

6

October 16

1973

Gallup

44

5

October 5-8

1973

Gallup

47

6

October 2-7

1973

Gallup

38

3

July

1971

Harris

44

7

 

June

1971

Harris

46

7

October

1970

Harris

47

6

War of Attrition

Aug.

1970

Harris

47

6

March

1970

Gallup

38

3

February

1970

Gallup

44

3

February

1969

Gallup

41

4

January 23-28

1969

Gallup

44

5

January

1969

Gallup

50

5

 

June

1967

Gallup

56

4

Six Day War

June

1967

Harris

41

1

June 2-7

1967

Gallup

38

3

 
Average (1967-2017) - 253 polls

48.03

11.65

Ratio 4:12

*Palestinian Arabs

+Slight wording difference: “Thinking about the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians in the Middle East, pleae tell me wether, in general, you consider yourself: A strong supporter of Israel; A supporter of Israel; A supporter of the Palestinians; A strong supporter of the Palestinians.”

^Slight wording difference: "In the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians, which side do you sympathize with more, Israel or the Palestinians?"

By Decade

 

Number of Polls

Israel

Arabs/Palestinians

Ratio

1960s

6

45.00

3.67

12.27

1970s

45

43.58

8.29

5.26

1980s

57

46.63

14.09

3.23

1990s

20

46.60

15.30

3.05

2000s

83

49.43

10.98

4.50

2010s

38

54.58

11.88

4.59

By Administration

 

Number of Polls

Israel

Arabs/Palestinians

Ratio

Lyndon Johnson

4

46.25

2.67

17.34

Richard Nixon/Gerald Ford

28

44.75

6.39

7.00

Jimmy Carter

24

42.67

10.71

3.98

Ronald Reagan

47

46.66

13.89

3.26

George H.W. Bush

16

47.06

16.50

2.85

Bill Clinton

12

44.25

13.42

3.30

George W. Bush

71

49.42

10.91

4.53

Barack Obama

43

54.23

11.48

4.68
Donald Trump 1 62.00 19.00 3.26

 

Average for 152 polls vs. Palestinians

49.69

12.39

4.01
       

Pre-Disengagement

45.40

11.91

3.81

Post-Disengagement (9/2005)

54.25

11.04

4.91

Post-Oslo (9/93)

50.78

11.43

4.44
       
Record High Support for Israel: 69% (Israel Project, July 2008; ABC/WP, April 3, 1989)
Record High Support for Palestinians: 30% (Marttila & Kiley, Sept. 1989
 
Record Low Support for Israel: 32% (Gallup, Sept. 1982)
Record Low Support for Palestinians: 5% (Israel Project, Sept. 2006, June 2007, Feb. 2011)