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Saturday, December 15, 2012
PEW poll of Americans: 50%:10% favor Israel over Palestinians

PEW RESEARCH CENTER FOR THE PEOPLE & THE PRESS DECEMBER 2012 POLITICAL
SURVEY
FINAL TOPLINE December 5-9, 2012
N=1,503 - National Survey of Americans
http://www.people-press.org/files/legacy-questionnaires/Topline%20for%20release.pdf

QUESTIONS 1-52 PREVIOUSLY RELEASED NO QUESTIONS 53-59
ASK ALL:
On a different subject,
Q.60 In the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians, which side do
you sympathize with more, Israel or the Palestinians?
Israel Palestinians Both
Neither DK/Ref
Dec 5-9, 2012 50 10 4
13 23
May 25-30, 2011 48 11 4 15
21
Apr 21-26, 2010 49 16 4
12 19
Oct 28-Nov 8, 2009 51 12 4 14
19
January 7-11, 2009 49 11 5 15
20
May, 2007 49 11 5
17 18
August, 2006 52 11 5
15 17
July, 2006 44 9 5
20 22
May, 2006 48 13 4
14 20
Late October, 2005 43 17 5 16
19
July, 2005 37 12 5
19 27
July, 2004 40 13 7
18 22
Late February, 2004 46 12 8 15
19
April, 2002 41 13 6
21 19
Mid-October, 2001 47 10 8 18
17
Early September, 2001 40 17 6 23
14
September, 1997 48 13 5 16
18
September, 1993 45 21 3 18
12
Chicago CFR 1990 34 14 7 26
20
Chicago CFR 1982 40 17 8 19
16
Chicago CFR 1978[1] 45 14 9 18
15

NO QUESTIONS 61-63
[1] In the 1978 Chicago Council on Foreign Relations
survey conducted by the Gallup Organization, results are based on
respondents who said they had “heard or read about the situation in the
Middle East”, which represented 87% of the public. As a context note, in
both the 1978 and 1982 CCFR/Gallup surveys, this question followed a broader
question: “In the Middle East situation, are your sympathies more with
Israel or more with the Arab nations?” and in 1982, a question regarding
“U.S. military aid and arms sales to Israel”.

ASK ALL:
Q.64 How much, if anything, have you read or heard about recent
political violence in Syria? Have you
heard…[READ]

Dec 5-9 Mar 7-11
2012 2012
38 A lot 36
44 A little 39
18 Nothing at all 25
1 Don’t know/Refused (VOL.) 1

ASK ALL:
Q.65 Do you think the United States has a responsibility to do something
about the fighting in Syria between government forces and anti-government
groups, or doesn’t the United States have this responsibility?


Yes No DK/Ref
Dec 5-9, 2012 27
63 10
Mar 7-11, 2012 25
64 11
TRENDS FOR COMPARISON:
Mar 10-13, 2011: Fighting in Libya 27
63 10
June, 2007: Ethnic genocide in Darfur 49
34 17
December, 2006: Ethnic genocide in Darfur 51
36 13
March, 1999: Fighting between ethnic
groups in Kosovo, a province of Serbia 47
46 7
June, 1995: Fighting between Serbs and
Bosnians in what used to be Yugoslavia 30
64 6

ASK ALL:
Q.66 Would you favor or oppose the U.S. and its allies sending arms and
military supplies to anti- government groups in Syria?

Dec 5-9 Mar 7-11
2012 2012
24 Favor 29
65 Oppose 63
11 Don’t know/Refused (VOL.) 9

NO QUESTIONS 67-78

QUESTIONS 79-90 HELD FOR FUTURE RELEASE

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