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  • Two Surveys About Israel and the Palestinians

    Posted by David Foster on August 3rd, 2014 (All posts by )

    Survey by Pew Research conducted 7/24-27 and survey by Gallup conducted 7/23-24.  There are some notable differences in the results…while the questions asked weren’t precisely the same, they seem pretty close, and the response gaps seem pretty significant.

    Effect of age:  When asked about Israel’s response to the conflict with Hamas, in the Pew survey, only 22% of those in the 50-64 and 65+ age ranges say “gone too far,” whereas about 30% of those in the 18-49 range give this response.  With the Gallup survey, the question was whether Israel’s actions are “justified” or “unjustified”…about 30% of those in the 50-64 and 65+ ranges said “unjustified,” whereas 51% of those in the 18-29 range, and 43% of those in the 30-49 category, gave this answer.

    Effect of race:  In the Pew survey, 14% of whites, 27% of blacks, and 35% of Hispanics said that Israel is most responsible for current violence.  In the Gallup survey, the justified/unjustified question resulted in 34% of whites saying that Israel’s actions were unjustified, with 49% of nonwhites giving that response.

    Effect of gender:  With Pew, 19% of both men and women say that Israel is most responsible for the current violence.  With Gallup, 32% of men but 49% of women say that Israel’s actions are unjustified.

    Effect of political affiliation:  With Pew, 13% of Republicans but 26% of Democrats say Israel is most responsible for the violence.  With Gallup, 21% of Republicans and 41% of Democrats say Israel’s actions are unjustified.

    These opinion numbers are important not only from the standpoint of Israel’s survival and well-being, but also for the survival and well-being of the United States and the entire world, as they are largely (though not completely) proxies for attitudes which greatly affect our long-term ability to conduct a rational foreign and military policy in the face of radical Islamic terrorism.

     

    4 Responses to “Two Surveys About Israel and the Palestinians”

    1. MikeK Says:

      My first encounter with real anti-Semitism was from my black nursemaid as a child. My father was a bigot but he was a general purpose bigot, like Archie Bunker. He referred to Italians as “Dagos,” Bohemians as “Bohunks” and the like, He even referred to Irishmen as “Flannel mouthed turkeys.” My nursemaid, who was otherwise a fountain of good behavior, was very anti-Jewish, a sentiment which I attributed then and now to her dealings with small merchants in Chicago’s “Bronzeville.” She lived with us but was free to spend weekends with friends and later in her own apartment.

      I think it is very common among blacks and probably a combination of jealousy and prior experience feeling cheated, rightly or wrongly.

      The Palestinian sympathy is a phenomenon of the left, well seen at HuffPo. There is anti-Semitism on the far right but it is minor.

    2. grey eagle Says:

      mainstream media coverage has been very sympathetic to the terrorists and very hostile to the jews. The reporters all have family members whose addresses are known to Moslems in America. They have no choice in how they report the news. Also. The NSA, CIA, FBI and DHS keep files on them and their families which are useful in providing guidance in decision making.

    3. Michael Hiteshew Says:

      >>In the Pew survey, 14% of whites, 27% of blacks, and 35% of Hispanics said that Israel is most responsible for current violence. In the Gallup survey, the justified/unjustified question resulted in 34% of whites saying that Israel’s actions were unjustified, with 49% of nonwhites giving that response.

      Or put another way…

      86% of whites, 73% of blacks and 65% of Hispanics either had no opinion or disagreed with the premise.

      That looks like fairly high support to me.

    4. Ginny Says:

      The differences between the polls is somewhat confidence shaking. Are Fox’s homes not also known?