Poll: Sanders Voters More Sympathetic to Palestinians Than to Israel

FLINT, MI - A Bernie Sanders supporter holds a small sign while waiting for Senator and Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to speak at a community forum on the water crises in Flint at Woodside Church February 25th, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. The next democratic primary is February 27th …
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The Jerusalem Post reports: Liberal Democrats, the group for whom US Senator Bernie Sanders is the most appealing candidate in the current presidential race, sympathize more with the Palestinians than with Israel, according to a Pew Poll released on Thursday.

According to the poll, when asked with whom they sympathize more – Israel or the Palestinians – 40% of those who define themselves as liberal Democrats responded the Palestinians, and only 33% said Israel.

These numbers are significantly different than the national figure, which shows that Israel continues to enjoy strong support among the American public, with 54% of the public more sympathetic to Israel and only 19% with the Palestinians.

Inside the Democratic Party, the poll found that while Clinton supporters are more likely to sympathize with Israel (47% to 27%), among Sanders supporters there is more sympathy for the Palestinians 39% to 33%.
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