Poll finds Democrats slightly more sympathetic to Palestinians than Israel

Poll finds Democrats slightly more sympathetic to Palestinians than Israel
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Democratic voters are slightly more sympathetic to Palestinians amid the ongoing conflict with Israel, according to a Politico-Morning Consult Poll released Wednesday. 

The survey, which polled nearly 2,000 registered voters from May 14 to May 17 as the some of the worst violence in years between the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and Hamas escalated, found that about 12 percent of voters identified as “Democrat” or “leans Democrat” said they were “more sympathetic” to Israelis, with 18 percent saying the same for Palestinians. 

More than one-third of Democratic voters surveyed, 36 percent, said they were sympathetic toward both sides, while 34 percent said they “don’t know” or had “no opinion.” 


Republican voters in the poll more overwhelmingly sided with Israelis, with 51 percent of Republican or Republican-leaning voters supporting the traditional U.S. ally, while just 3 percent took the side of the Palestinians. 

Roughly 19 percent of Republican voters said they were equally sympathetic to both, and 27 percent indicated no firm opinion either way. 

The survey comes as fault lines have also erupted among Democratic leaders in the escalating violence in the region, with some remaining allies of Israel while others seek to bring attention to Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, arguing that the IDF is guilty of vast human rights abuses. 

Both President BidenJoe BidenSchumer vows to advance two-pronged infrastructure plan next month Biden appoints veteran housing, banking regulator as acting FHFA chief Iran claims U.S. to lift all oil sanctions but State Department says 'nothing is agreed' MORE and Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSchumer vows to advance two-pronged infrastructure plan next month Senators say White House aides agreed to infrastructure 'framework' Tim Cook called Pelosi to say tech antitrust bills were rushed MORE (D-Calif.) have called for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, a militant group labeled a terrorist organization by the U.S. 

The two have urged both sides to end the violence, which has already killed hundreds of people, including dozens of children. 


Meanwhile, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezSchumer says Senate will vote on repealing 2002 war authorization The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week Sanders drops bid to block Biden's Israel arms sale MORE (D-N.J.) this week defended a $735 million arms sale to Israel, arguing that it had already been approved a “long time ago,” while progressive lawmakers like Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenators say White House aides agreed to infrastructure 'framework' Briahna Joy Gray: Biden is keeping the filibuster to have 'a Joe Manchin presidency' On The Money: Biden to fire FHFA director after Supreme Court removes restriction | Yellen pleads with Congress to raise debt ceiling MORE (I-Vt.) have questioned whether Congress should revisit U.S. military aid to Israel. 

Wednesday’s poll reported a margin of error of 2 percentage points.

Updated at 8:20 a.m.