Just 21% of voters nationwide know that the Boycott, Divest, and Sanction Movement (BDS) is intended to oppose Israel. A ScottRasmussen.com survey found that 8% mistakenly believe that the movement is supportive of Israel. Seventy-one percent (71%) have either never heard of the BDS movement or don’t know enough to have an opinion.
Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar were recently denied the right to enter Israel. Both are Muslim and both support the BDS movement. Thirty-eight percent (38%) of U.S. voters supported the denial of entry while 42% were opposed.
However, when informed that the BDS movement opposed Israel, that Congress has voted to condemn it, and that the two Congresswomen support BDS, support for Israel’s position increased. Forty-three percent (43%) of voters supported the decision while 27% were opposed and 29% not sure.
Republicans supported Israel by a 62% to 17% margin and Independents favored it 43% to 25%. Democrats tended to oppose the decision by a 40% to 28% margin (see crosstab results).
Overall, 61% of voters have a favorable opinion of Israel while 39% voice an unfavorable view. Seventy-five percent (75%) of Republicans have a favorable opinion of that nation along with 61% of Independent voters. Democrats are evenly divided: 49% favorable, 51% unfavorable.
Just 29% believe U.S. policy should support Israel while 5% want our nation to support the Palestinians. Nineteen percent (19%) think we should support both while 24% say neither.
Thirty-three percent (33%) believe Republicans are more supportive of Israel than Democrats while 16% say the opposite. Seventeen percent (17%) think both parties are supportive, 7% say neither, and 28% are not sure.
Seventy-three percent (73%) believe antisemitism is a serious problem is the United States today.
The initial question about support or opposition for Israel’s decision was asked using a split sample approach. Half the sample was told President Trump had encouraged the country to do so. The other half was not. The results were not substantially different and have been reported on an aggregate basis.
The national survey of 1,001 Registered Voters was conducted August 15-16, 2019 by ScottRasmussen.com and HarrisX, a polling company specializing in online surveys (see Methodology and a Demographic Profile of the sample). Results from the full sample have +/-3.1 Margin of Sampling Error with a 95% level of confidence.
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