Canadians split on support for Israel, Palestine

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Balance has shifted back after pro-Israeli surge

TORONTO MAY 30th, 2014 - In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1692 Canadians, 188 years of age and older, there is an even split of opinion on whether respondents lean towards the Israeli side (17%) or the Palestinian side (16%) in the current mid-east controversy. Fully two thirds lean to neither side (64%), while very few have no opinion on this contentious issue (3%). These findings represent a decrease in those leaning towards Israel since the last time we polled the question at the time of Canada's vote against recognizing Palestine at the United Nations (December 2012 - lean to Israel - 22%, lean to Palestine - 15%). The levels of support noted now, however, match those recorded earlier (July 2012, Lean to Israel - 16%, lean to Palestine - 17%).

Support for Israel is especially common among older Canadians (55 to 64 - 23%, 65+ - 24%), males (21%), mid income groups ($60K to %80K - 21%), in Alberta and BC (20%) and among Conservative voters (37%). Protestant (30%) and Evangelical Christians (40%) are supporters but not Catholics so much (14%) nor those who are not religious (7%).

Support for the Palestinian side is common to the youngest (20%), males (19%), lower income groups ($40K to $60K - 21%) and among the wealthiest ($80K to $100K - 24%). Support is high in Quebec (22%) and Alberta (19%), among New Democrats (27%), Bloquistes (24%), the best educated (post grad - 23%), non-Christians (20%) and those with no religion (27%) and among Francophones (23%).

“While most Canadians prefer a balanced approach in the mid-east, this difficult issue splits along the usual lines in Canada - political and geographical," said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at or at (416) 960-9603.