Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Support for Israel at its highest level

American popular support for Israel has reached its highest level since the first Gulf War according to the results of a Gallup poll released on Monday.

Conservative Republicans and religious believers gave Israel the greatest support the survey found, but the report noted the Jewish state's support among Christian Americans does not lie only with fundamentalists but cuts across denominational lines, with Roman Catholics supporting Israel by the same margin as Protestants.

Gallup noted that Israel's hard-core supporters in the US are found among President George W. Bush's political base. "Frequent churchgoers who are Republicans have the highest levels of sympathy to Israelis", Gallup noted.

Among white survey participants, Protestants backed Israel over the Palestinians by 63% to 14%, Roman Catholics 64% to 13%, and non-Christian religious believers at 66% to 10%. Support among those who espoused no religion was still overwhelmingly in favor of Israel, at 45% to 19%.



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