CNN Poll: Democrats and Republicans don't see eye-to-eye over Palestinian statehood
Supporters hold signs as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks to the crowd at his Ramallah headquarters on September 25, 2011 in Ramallah, West Bank.
September 28th, 2011
11:50 AM ET
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CNN Poll: Democrats and Republicans don't see eye-to-eye over Palestinian statehood

Washington (CNN) - Most Americans don't think that the Palestinians should be allowed to become full members of the United Nations, according to a new national survey. And the CNN/ORC International Poll also indicates that only four in ten support the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the West Bank and Gaza, but that there's a wide partisan divide over the issue.

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The survey's release comes as the U.N. Security Council agreed Wednesday to send the Palestinian statehood application to a council committee for review. The first meeting of that committee, which includes all 15 members, is set for Friday. The debate, however, is expected to be largely symbolic in the face of a promised U.S. veto. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas last Friday made the bid for the United Nations to recognize an independent state of Palestine, a move Israel says is premature without direct talks that address its longstanding security concerns.

"One reason that Americans oppose U.N. membership for the Palestinians may be that the U.S. public views the Palestinian people much differently than the Israelis," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "The favorable rating for the Israeli people among the U.S. public is 30 points higher than the Palestinians' rating, due in part to higher negatives for the Palestinians but also a higher number of Americans who are unsure how they feel about the Palestinians."

The survey also indicates that politics no longer stops at the water's edge. Two-thirds of all Republicans oppose U.N. membership for the Palestinians compared to just 41 percent of Democrats. There are also gender and generational differences on this issue, with men and people over 50 years old more likely to oppose U.N. membership for the Palestinians.

The CNN poll was conducted by ORC International from September 23-25, with 1,010 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey's overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. California Conservative

    OMG = Obama Must GO!!!!!!!!!!

    September 28, 2011 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  2. Enough is Enough

    Israel announced today that it expanding its settlements in congress.

    September 28, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    If Israel would only stop building settlements, their arguments would carry more credibility and generate far less sympathy for Palestinians on the world stage.

    September 28, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. Inrealityhere

    Men and people over 50 years old are more likely to oppose Palestinian statehood because they have a greater understanding of what has been going on in the middle east and how radical Islamists would try to use a Palestinian state to undermine efforts to keep Israelis safe.

    September 28, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. easydoesit

    The bottom line is that palestine is ran by a terrorist organization. Have people forgot this? Israel has been a strong, loyal and longstanding ally of the US. The Palestinians fire missiles into Jewish populated areas wreaking havoc all the time.

    September 28, 2011 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. paofpa

    I think that they all should be considered citizens of Israel and given the right to vote. They can rename the country later.

    September 28, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "Men and people over 50 years old are more likely to oppose Palestinian statehood because they have a greater understanding of what has been going on in the middle east and how radical Islamists would try to use a Palestinian state to undermine efforts to keep Israelis safe."

    Spare me. If I had a nickle for every 50+ year old smooth-brained mouth-breathing troglodyte barely capable of conjugating the verb "to be" that I've met, I'd probably be fighting against the Buffet Rule with the rest of the richies.

    September 28, 2011 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  8. BILL, WI

    Suppose for an instant that the Palestinians achieve statehood, which is unlikely, what will their economy be based on. They will not have Israel as a trading partner. They will not have Israel as a source of employment any longer. They will need to get a passport to go to the hospital or dentist in the future. The only good thing to come out of this will be that the Palestinians will no longer able to launch rocket and suicide attacks against Israel with impunity. And without neverending conflict, maybe they can use the time to clean up their streets.

    September 28, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  9. UsaGod help us

    I like how some American sit in their comfortable houses and sleep well at night call the palestinians terrorist.. My question is what will you.do if someone is stealing your land and building settlements and you dont have nothing to fight back, because that same person had made sure you had nothing to fight back with.. Sometimes I wonder why they called themselves God chosen people.

    September 28, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. Obama/Biden 2012 -- Because 4 years of FAILURE just isn't enough

    Spare me. If I had a nickle for every 50+ year old smooth-brained mouth-breathing troglodyte barely capable of conjugating the verb "to be" that I've met, I'd probably be fighting against the Buffet Rule with the rest of the richies.
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    Thanks for yet another content-free mindless rant. Why do you waste your time writing this drivel? are you off your meds?

    September 28, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  11. Obama/Biden 2012 -- Because 4 years of FAILURE just isn't enough

    Men and people over 50 years old are more likely to oppose Palestinian statehood because they have a greater understanding of what has been going on in the middle east and how radical Islamists would try to use a Palestinian state to undermine efforts to keep Israelis safe.
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    Absolutely correct. They remember all the wars and the suicide bombers aimed at destroying Israel. The Palestinians have proven over and over they are not interested in living in peace. Why should Israel or anybody support a homeland for terrorists that will use it as base to rocket, bomb and attack Israel? Frankly, I don't know why Israel even gave them Gaza and the West Bank. They've gotten nothing for it but more problems.

    September 28, 2011 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. thomas

    For one year !

    The Palestinian people must not fire any rockets into Israel !

    The Israelis must stop building on disputed or occupied territory !

    Without compliance , both countries will not receive economic funding or statehood ! If you can give state hood , you can take it away !

    Just now I read the Israelis continue to build , how sad !

    September 28, 2011 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  13. AlaskaPalin

    Israel must not give a 'grain of sand' of 'The Promise Land' to these palestinians. If america will not defend israel then help will come from some where else.

    September 28, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. W l jones

    Ancient! obersing two people two nation if join what an economy these two people could form., both is superior smart in business look out the rest of middle East a new economy will be on the move and they wont take presion. bless

    September 28, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    easydoesit wrote:
    The bottom line is that palestine is ran by a terrorist organization. Have people forgot this? Israel has been a strong, loyal and longstanding ally of the US. The Palestinians fire missiles into Jewish populated areas wreaking havoc all the time.
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    The same techniques employed by Palestinians today, were employed by those fighting for a Jewish state in the first half of the 20th century. Have you forgotten?

    Israel is not a US ally. The US is Israel's only ally in the world. Israel is a dependent.

    Israelis defined modern terrorism. The Palestinians have merely refined it to suit their needs.

    "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you." Matthew 7:12

    September 28, 2011 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |