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Sympathy




American sympathies toward Israel have remained strong and stable throughout most of the post War era, indicating an increase in public support since the establishment of Israel. Americans—across party affiliation—sympathize with Israel overwhelmingly more than with Arab countries or the Palestinians.
Since the 1990s we observe an important shift in public opinion. While overall support has remained strong—even showing a slight increase—the support has taken a partisan dimension that did not exist before.  Until the 1990s, the gap between Democrats and Republicans has been about 5 points.  Since then, the gap has gradually increased reaching today more than 35 points.  Most of this change has been generated by a rapid increase in Republican support for Israel.  Support among Democrats has declined significantly during the 1990s yet shows a small increase in the last decade.