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Survey finds one third of Americans favor a version of two-state solution

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Just 5 percent of US adults have heard at least “some” about BDS and express support for it, including 2percent who strongly support it. (File photo: Jordan News)
AMMAN — A new Pew Research Center survey published last week concluded that in general young Americans’ attitudes are as favorable toward the Palestinian people and government as toward Israel. It also found out that in recent years, US public opinion has become modestly more positive toward both sides in the Israel-Palestinian conflict.اضافة اعلان

Overall, the survey found that Americans continue to express more positive feelings toward the Israeli people than toward the Palestinian people — and to rate the Israeli government more favorably than the Palestinian government.

But these gaps are much larger among older Americans than among younger ones. Indeed, US adults under 30 view the Palestinian people at least as warmly (61 percent very or somewhat favorable) as the Israeli people (56 percent) and rate the Palestinian government as favorably (35 percent) as the Israeli government (34 percent).

The new survey, conducted March 7–13 among 10,441 US adults, also shows that public opinion varies considerably on these questions by political party. Republicans and those who lean toward the Republican Party express much more positive views of the Israeli people (78 percent very or somewhat favorable) than of the Palestinian people (37 percent), and they view the Israeli government far more favorably (66 percent) than the Palestinian government (18 percent).

By contrast, Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents hold positive views of the Israeli people at 60 percent and Palestinian people at 64 percent (favorable) and rate Israel’s government on par with the Palestinian government (34 percent vs 37 percent).

Among both Republicans and Democrats, feelings toward the Israeli and Palestinian governments and the Palestinian people have warmed slightly since 2019, while views of the Israeli people have held steady.
White evangelicals are the group most likely to say God gave the land that is now Israel to the Jewish people at 70 percent, more than twice the share of US Jews who answered a similar question in a 2020 survey by saying God gave the land of Israel to the Jewish people, at 32 percent.
Nearly three-quarters of a century after the founding of Israel, the survey finds no clear consensus among Americans about the best possible outcome of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

About one-third of the public says splitting the land into two countries–a version of the “two-state solution” long backed by US diplomacy–would be best (35 percent). But roughly a quarter (27 percent) would prefer to see a single state emerge, in most cases with a government comprised jointly of Israelis and Palestinians. And more than a third of US adults (37 percent) say they are not sure what the best outcome is.

Age is a factor in these opinions: Older Americans are more inclined than younger ones to say that a two-state solution would be the best possible outcome of the conflict, while adults under 30 are more likely than their elders to say they aren’t sure what’s best.

Religious affiliation also matters: White evangelical Protestants are much more likely than members of any other major Christian tradition to say the best outcome would be a single state with an Israeli government; 28 percent say this, compared with 6 percent each of Catholics, White non-evangelical Protestants and Black Protestants.

Perhaps relatedly, White evangelicals also are the group most likely to say God gave the land that is now Israel to the Jewish people. Fully 70 percent of White evangelicals take that position, more than twice the share of US Jews who answered a similar (but not identical) question in a 2020 survey by saying God gave the land of Israel to the Jewish people (32 percent).

The new survey also asked the US public about the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel. Relatively few Americans know about this boycott effort; 84 percent say they have heard “not much” or “nothing at all” about it. Just 5 percent of US adults have heard at least “some” about BDS and express support for it, including 2 percent who strongly support it.


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