Mideast Policy Views See Generational Shift

U.S. voters ages 65+ (39%) are more than twice as likely as voters ages 18-34 (15%) to say they are more sympathetic toward Israelis than Palestinians, according to recent Morning Consult polling. 

Overall, 28% of U.S. voters are more sympathetic toward Israelis, compared to 11% who are more sympathetic toward Palestinians, 29% who say they are sympathetic toward both, and 32% who don’t know.

Other recent polling shows: 

  • 56% of U.S. voters approve of President Joe Biden’s handling of the recent outbreak of violence between Israel and Palestine, while 44% disapprove.
  • 75% of U.S. adults have favorable views of Israel, including 85% of Republican, 77% of independents and 64% of Democrats. In comparison, only 30% of Americans have a favorable opinion of the Palestinian Authority, encompassing 19% of Republicans, 30% of independents and 38% of Democrats. 
  • Americans are split on whether or not the U.S. has a responsibility to do something about the fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas, with 33% saying the U.S. has responsibility, 37% claiming it does not have responsibility, and 30% who are not sure. 
  • 73% of U.S. voters consider Israel to be an ally of the United States, versus only 11% who think of Israel as an enemy and 16% who are not sure.
  • 59% of Democrats, 64% of Republicans and 79% of independents agree that helping to protect Israel should be an important goal in American policy toward the Middle East.