(CNSNews.com) -- A new survey shows that Democrats' sympathies towards Israel have shifted, with 49% of Democrats sympathizing with Palestinians vs. 38% who sympathize with Israelis.
"Today’s attitudes reflect an 11-percentage-point increase over the past year in Democrats’ sympathy with the Palestinians," reported Gallup. "At the same time, the percentages sympathizing more with the Israelis (38%) and those not favoring a side (13%) have dipped to new lows."
Seventy-eight percent of Republicans, however, strongly sympathize with the Israelis over the Palestinians (11%), as do 49% of Independents for Israelis vs. 32% of Independents siding with the Palestinians.
Sympathy towards Palestinians by Independents is up six percentage points, said Gallup.
For Americans overall, regardless of political affiliation, 54% sympathize with Israelis vs. 31% for Palestinians, and 15% unsure.
"Net sympathy toward Israel -- the percentage sympathizing more with the Israelis than the Palestinians -- is solidly positive among older generations, including baby boomers (+46 points), Generation X (+32) and the Silent Generation (+31)," reported Gallup.
"By contrast, millennials are now evenly divided, with 42% sympathizing more with the Palestinians and 40% with the Israelis, yielding a -2 net-Israel sympathy score," said the polling company.
"Today’s divergence reflects a steep drop in recent years in net sympathy for Israel among millennials," said Gallup, "whereas net sympathy for Israel has been steadier at a higher level among all three older generations."
In conclusion, Gallup said, "Americans’ views on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict have become more polarized as Democrats increasingly commiserate with the Palestinians, while Republicans maintain their solid alignment with the Israelis. The escalation of Israeli-Palestinian hostilities over the past year, resulting in a high number of Palestinians killed, could partly explain the most recent shift in Democrats’ perspective."
According to the human rights group B'tselem, 146 Palestinians were killed by Israelis in the West Bank in 2022, and 32 Palestinians were killed in Gaza.
Also in 2022, Palestinians killed 6 Israelis in the West Bank, and in Israel proper 11 Israelis were killed.
Since 2000, a reported 10,374 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli security forces, and 861 Israeli civilians have been killed by Palestinians. An additional 447 Israeli security personnel were killed by Palestinians.
To read the Gallup survey, click here.