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US: Israel / Gaza (Pew-1/7-11)


Pew Research Center
1/7-11/09; 1,503 adults, 3% margin of error
Mode: Live Telephone Interviews

National

Over the past few weeks, there has been a significant military conflict between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. All things considered, who do you think is most responsible for the outbreak of the recent violence?

    12% Israel
    41% Hamas
    5% Both sides
    3% Palestine/Palestinians
    1% United States/Bush

What should the United States do in this conflict? Should the United States government publicly support Israel, should it say or do nothing, or should it publicly criticize Israel?

    39% Support
    38% Say or do nothing
    9% Criticize

In terms of resolving this conflict, do you think the United States should be more involved than it is now, less involved than it is now, or is it as involved as it should be?

    17% More involved
    27% Less involved
    48% As involved as it should be

 

Comments
civilguy:

With a one-sided media like ours I'm surprised the numbers of this poll were not more tilted towards Israel.

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Uri:

With the exception of fox, most of the media coverage (CNN, MSNBC) had been primarily pro-palestinian, with left sites like the HuffingtonPost naturally talking the lead. And I'm not even talking about the comment boards.

I think that even people in Gaza realize that the current war is due to Hamas. The important number here is the low support for Israel - 39%.

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NikB:

I, as an American, am shocked how much the media tries to spin everything in Israel's favor.
Enough of this. Israel is committing war crimes against a people and every time anyone dares question them they come out arrogantly claiming that they are fighting terrorism. over 1100 dead (over half are women and children). If this terrorism excuse does not scare off the critics, the they use a more sensitive card. They claim that just because someone dares question them, they are now anti-semitic.
Enough, and yes as an American, I have the right to say enough. We give this bully, Israel, tens of billions of military aid every year and we must hold Israel accountable. The world associates Israel's crime with our weapons and can't help but hate us more.

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Sig Lof:

USA needs to be cut to size. It is indeed #1 as a miltary power, trade nation and tv world giant, but in a democratic world still holds only 5% of the opinion:
U.S. 305,639,635
Europeans 499 673 325
World 6,754,675,288
The world opinion is rapidly shifting in favor of the palestinians and polls throughout the non-English speaking world will to-day look radically different. The Bush era has retarded progress in the USA due to the influence of the christian right, sticking to funny perceptions of world age, world creation etc and supports Israel for religious reasons.
In a sense USA has become more introvert and and more navel gazing while understanding the world around it less and less. It's a miserable development.

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