Mar 6, 2019 - World

Gallup: Americans' attitude toward Israel at lowest level since 2009

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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). Photo: Cheriss May/NurPhoto via Getty Images

59% of Americans sympathize with Israelis over the Palestinians, the lowest level since 2009, according to Gallup's annual World Affairs survey.

Why it matters: The poll, conducted weeks prior to Rep. Ilhan Omar's (D-Minn.) controversial remarks questioning U.S. support for Israel and the influence of pro-Israel lobbying, indicates that positive American attitudes toward Israel could slowly be changing. However, Americans' preference for Israel is still much more widespread. Even though the percentage of Americans who favored the Palestinians over Israelis was at a record high since 2001, it still lagged far behind at 21%.

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