December 12, 2001 - September 11 Attacks Cause Slight Shift To Israel, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Most Support U.S. Efforts To Bring Peace
As a result of the September 11 terrorist attacks, 25 percent of Americans say their sympathies in the Mideast conflict have changed. Of this group 51 percent now sympathize more with Israel while 13 percent sympathize more with the Palestinians, according to a Quinnipiac University national poll released today.

A slim majority, 51 percent of all U.S. voters say their sympathies lie with Israel in the ongoing Mideast dispute, while 13 percent say they sympathize with the Palestinians and 36 percent are undecided.

Republican voters side with Israel 62 - 9 percent, while Democrats back Israel 47 - 17 percent and independent voters back Israel 45 - 15 percent.

Americans approve 71 - 22 percent of U.S. attempts to bring peace to the region by serving as mediator between Israel and the Palestinians. Support is strong among all parties.

"On the plus side for Israel, Americans sympathize with them 4 - 1 over the Palestinians. But that adds up to a slim majority, because more than one-third are undecided," said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. "Are Americans just growing tired of this dispute?"

"By better than 3 - 1, voters back U.S. efforts to mediate between Israel and the Palestinians."

By a 33 - 10 percent margin, American voters have a favorable opinion of Israel, with 32 percent mixed and 24 percent saying they don't know enough to form an opinion.

Palestinians get a negative 7 - 30 percent favorability, with 37 percent mixed and 23 percent saying they haven't heard enough to form an opinion.

From November 29 - December 5, Quinnipiac University surveyed 1,237 registered voters nationwide, with a margin of error of +/- 2.8 percent.

The Quinnipiac University Poll, directed by Douglas Schwartz, Ph.D., conducts public opinion surveys as a public service and for research.

For additional data -- www.quinnipiac.edu or call (203) 582-5201

49. Do you approve or disapprove of the United States' attempt to bring peace to the Middle East by serving as mediator between Israel and the Palestinians?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Approve 71% 77% 70% 70% 74% 69%

Disapprove 22 17 24 23 22 21

DK/NA 7 7 6 8 4 10

50. Is your opinion of Israel favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about it?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 33% 43% 25% 31% 41% 25%

Unfavorable 10 6 13 11 11 9

Mixed 32 32 29 35 30 33

Hvn't hrd enough 24 17 31 19 17 30

REFUSED 2 2 2 3 2 3

51. Is your opinion of the Palestinians favorable, unfavorable, mixed, or haven't you heard enough about them?

                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Favorable 7% 5% 8% 9% 9% 6%

Unfavorable 30 40 25 29 38 24

Mixed 37 36 37 38 34 39

Hvn't hrd enough 23 17 28 22 17 28

REFUSED 3 2 3 3 2 3

52. From what you know about the situation in the Middle East, do your sympathies lie more with Israel or more with the Palestinians?
                                                                       Sympathies
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom    Changed Q53.


More with Israel 51% 62% 47% 45% 57% 46% 51%

More with Palestinians 13 9 17 15 13 13 13

DK/NA 36 29 36 39 30 41 37

53. Did the September 11 terrorist attacks change your sympathies in the Middle East, or not?
                        Tot     Rep     Dem     Ind     Men     Wom


Yes 25% 22% 32% 23% 22% 28%

No 70 75 64 72 75 65

DK/NA 5 3 4 5 3 6