Gallup poll: Democrats losing sympathy for Israel

The number of Democrats who feel more sympathetic toward Israelis than Palestinians has dropped 10 points in one year, according to a new poll.

In a Gallup poll released Monday, less than half of Democrats — 48 percent — say they sympathize more with Israelis than Palestinians when it comes to tensions in the Middle East. By contrast, 83 percent of Republicans sided with Israel. Fifty-nine percent of Independents answered similarly

The percentage of Republicans who support Israel has risen in recent years. In a 2000 Gallup poll, about 53 percent of Republicans expressed sympathy for the Jewish state and that number has been steadily increasing. In this most recent poll from Gallup, only 7 percent of Republicans sided with Palestinians.