Thursday, October 29, 2009

Americans <3 AIPAC?

This, from recent ADL polling, is pretty interesting: A marked increase in the degree to which Americans approve of pro-Israel lobbying from 1991 to 2007. The percentage of folks who think that pro-Israel lobbies have just the right amount of influence increased from 45% to 55%, while the percentage of folks who think they have too much influence dropped precipitously, from 37% to 16% of the population ("too little" stayed mostly constant, dipping from 9% to 7%).

Matt Yglesias attributes this to the rise of the Christian Zionist movement. Maybe? I'd be interested to see some empirical verification of what accounts for the shift.

1 comment:

chingona said...

I'd be more inclined to attribute it to the sense that Israel's war on terror is our war on terror, sense of a common enemy, etc. (Obviously, this is just a guess.)