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American backing for Israel remains strong, poll shows

American support for Israel vis-à-vis the Palestinians remains strong and steady, a Gallup Poll released today shows.

For the third straight year, 62 percent of Americans say they side with Israel in the conflict, according to the poll, slightly down from an all-time high of 64% set in 2013.

Support for Palestinians drops slightly from 16% to 15% and down from 18% support in 2014.

People demonstrate outside the US Capitol on March 3, 2015 in Washington, DC where Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to address a joint meeting of Congress. (photo credit: AFP PHOTO/CHRIS KLEPONIS)
People demonstrate outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, where Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is to address a joint meeting of Congress, March 3, 2015. (AFP/Chris Kleponis)

Republican support for Israel is down slightly from 83% in 2015 to 79% earlier this month, when the poll of 1,021 adults was taken. Democrats, meanwhile, show a little more love for Israel, from 49% in 2015 to 53% now.

Support for a two-state solution rebounds slightly to 44% from a 12-year-low of 42% set in 2015. 37% of Americans oppose a Palestinian state in 2016 and 19% have no opinion.

“It is intriguing that more Americans continue to favor than oppose the creation of a Palestinian state,” Gallup says in a statement. “The finding suggests that despite the lack of US diplomatic activity on this issue in recent years, it is still something Americans would generally welcome should the next president be willing to work toward it.”

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