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December 1-20, 2023


Gallup has been polling sentiments towards the conflict in the Middle East for decades. This is their latest update.


Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted Dec. 1-20, 2023, with a random sample of 1,013 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

Key Takeaways

This poll does not deviate from polls that have come before it, there is little to garner from it to apply to how Israel should manage its reputation moving forward. It is unfortunate that Gallup did not include its standard question which it has been asking since the turn of this century: who do you sympathize with more, the Israelis or the Palestinians? It would have been interesting to see how the answer now fares against previous years, as seen below in the graph:

The Details

1. Americans divided over U.S. efforts in the Israel-Hamas Conflict

  • There is no clear mandate from the American public when it comes to the United States’ involvement in resolving the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza. Roughly four in 10 each say the U.S. is doing “about the right amount” (41%) or “not enough” (39%), while about two in 10 (19%) think the U.S. is doing “too much.”

  • 59% of Democrats think America is doing too much and just about right, and 40% feel America is not doing enough to resolve the conflict.

  • However, it should be noted that it is unclear how the respondents are interpreting what “doing enough/right amount/not enough” to resolve the conflict actually means.

2. Americans divided over U.S. Support for Israel and the Palestinians

​There are various ways to view these results:

  • 36% of Americans feel the U.S. is supporting Israel too much, compared to 31% who feel the U.S. is supporting the Palestinians too much.

  • 38% of Americans feel the U.S. is providing Israel with just the right amount of support, compared to 33% who feel this way about the provision of support to the Palestinians.

  • 24% of Americans feel the U.S. is not providing Israel with enough support, compared to 33% who feel America is no providing the Palestinians with enough support.

  • 62% of Americans feel the U.S. is either providing Israel just the right amount or not enough support, compared to 66% who feel this way when it comes to the Palestinians.

  • More Americans feel America is providing Israel with too much support than it is providing the Palestinians with too much support. And more Americans feel America is not providing enough support to the Palestinians than they feel this way about the amount of support it is providing Israel. In other words – in terms of American support for Israel vs. the Palestinians, there is more sensitivity to the plight of the Palestinians than there is to Israel’s, but not to a very strong degree.

Broken down between Democrats and Republicans, there is clearly more sentiment towards not doing enough for the Palestinians than for Israel, and vice versa amongst Republicans.


But, put into context over time, it is interesting to note that many more Americans now feel that American support for Israel is lacking, as compared to 10-15 years ago.

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