(JTA) – Support among Americans for creating a Palestinian state is at its lowest in nearly two decades, according to a new poll.
Asked “Do you support or oppose the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the West Bank and Gaza Strip,” 39 per cent of the respondents said they were in support and 36 per cent said they were opposed, according to results from a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Tuesday. The remaining 25 per cent expressed no opinion.
In 1998, asked in a Gallup poll if they favored a Palestinian state, 36 per cent of Americans said yes and 26 per cent said no, with 38 per cent expressing no opinion. Five years later, another Gallup poll found that 58 per cent of Americans were in favor of a Palestinian state and 22 per cent opposed, with 20 per cent having no opinion.
In the latest survey, 37 per cent of respondents said they approved of the way Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was handling Israel’s relations with the United States, with 44 per cent disapproving and 19 per cent having no opinion.
The poll was conducted March 26-29 among a random national sample of 1,003 adults on both landlines and cellphones by Langer Research Associates of New York. The results have a margin of error of 3.5 per cent.