Washington (In Palestine Today)- About half of Democrats want the U.S. to do more to support the Palestinians, a new poll on U.S. approach toward ‘Israel’ and Palestinians revealed.
The poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds differences within both the Democratic and the Republican parties on the U.S. approach toward ‘Israel’ and the Palestinians, with liberal Democrats wanting more support for the Palestinians and conservative Republicans seeking even greater support for the Israelis.
The survey also examined Americans’ opinions on the Biden administration’s handling of the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
The survey was conducted about three weeks into a cease-fire following Israel’s 11-day aggression on the Gaza Strip last month, in which at least 254 Palestinians were killed.
Thirty-nine percent of Democrat voters said they thought the US was giving too much support to the occupation state of ‘Israel’.
Fifty-one percent of Democrat voters, including 62 percent who identify as liberal, said they want the United States to do more to support Palestinians.
The overall majority, 56 percent, disapproved of the way in which President Joe Biden handled the situation regarding the 11-day aggression.
“I started paying a lot more attention,” Paul Spelce, a Democratic-leaning independent voter and supporter of Palestinian statehood, told the AP.
“I don’t think Biden’s word was that strong,” Spelce said.
“And I don’t think, you know, this administration… can actually do anything [regarding the conflict].”
The poll also shows just 19 percent of Americans think Washington should play a major role in finding a solution to the conflict, while 50 percent say it should play a minor role and 28 percent say it should play no role.
Democrat and Republican voters are largely in agreement on the size of the US role.
A majority of Americans, 57 percent, say they think there is a way for Israel and an independent Palestinian state to coexist peacefully, compared with 39 percent who say there is not.
About two-thirds of Democrats and half of Republicans also agree there is a way for two such states to coexist.