(JTA) – Slightly more Americans favour the establishment of an independent Palestinian state than those opposed, a new poll found.
Forty-two per cent of the 837 Americans surveyed by Gallup backed a state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, while 38 per cent were against one, according to the poll released Tuesday. Some 20 per cent had no opinion on the issue.
The percentage in favour of a state was down slightly from 46 per cent a year ago and among the lowest levels since 2000.
Most demographic subgroups of Americans, such as men, women, whites, nonwhites and various age groups, were more likely to support a Palestinian state. However, those aged 55 and older did not follow the trend, with 43 per cent opposed to a state and 41 per cent in favor.
Democrats backed a state, 52 per cent to 29 per cent, but 48 per cent of Republicans were opposed compared to 33 percent in favour.
The poll, which was conducted Feb. 8-15, was based on a random telephone and cellphone sample of respondents. It had a margin of error of plus or minus 4 per cent.