A Republican Jewish Coalition news release on Friday included some
Washington, D.C. (March 16, 2012) -- The Republican Jewish Coalition
(RJC) today released an analysis of support for Israel broken down by
political affiliation that reveals a clear "Israel Gap" between the
parties. Republican support for Israel is 25 points higher than
Democratic support, and according to Gallup, only a bare majority,
53% of Democrats, express sympathy with Israel.
"Democrats are suffering from an ´Israel Gap´ and it´s gotten worse
under President Obama," said Matthew Brooks, RJC executive director.
Gallup, in a poll released recently, asked American voters, "Are your
sympathies more with the Israelis or more with the Palestinians?" An
overwhelming 78% of Republicans chose Israel, with 21% choosing the
Palestinians or both/neither/no opinion. Among Democrats, a bare
majority of 53% chose Israel, with 47% choosing otherwise. Among
Independents, support for Israel was 56% with 44% choosing otherwise.
Over the last dozen years of Gallup polling on this question, there
has been a clear trend: Republican support for Israel has risen
steadily, moving from 60% to a high of 85%, while Democrat support
has been relatively flat, at around 50%. Independent support has also
moved upward over time, from 42% to a high of 60%.
Gallup´s data over time shows a clear difference between Republicans
and Democrats on Israel, with strong and increasing support for the
Jewish state among Republicans, and lower and relatively unchanged
support among Democrats.
This unmistakable trend should be a wake-up call to Jewish Democratic
leaders and those who care about Israel, indicating that significant
efforts should be made to rebuild strong support for Israel in the
Source: Crosstab data and graphs supplied by Gallup. February 2012
poll analysis is here: http://www.gallup.com/poll/146408/americans-maintain-