• July 29, 2014
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    Opinion poll shows where UK Christian sympathies lie in Israel/Palestinian conflict
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Opinion poll shows where UK Christian sympathies lie in Israel/Palestinian conflict

Embrace Middle East commissioned an opinion poll to find out what UK Christians thought about the Israel/Palestinian conflict. Carried out in May 2014, before the current crisis started, 2,467 Christians from a cross-section of denominations answered an online questionnaire. Key results from the survey: Twice as many UK Christians (35.4 per cent) say they sympathise more with the Palestinians as say they sympathise with Israel (16.9 per cent). More than a third (37.9 per cent) sympathise with neither side, or both sides equally, while almost a tenth (9.7 per cent) said ‘Don’t know’. 40.2 per cent of Anglicans, 44.6 per cent of Methodists and 56.6 per cent of Catholics said they sympathised more with the Palestinians than with Israel. Sympathy for the Palestinians was weaker among Baptists (28 per cent), but this was still greater than those Baptists who said they sympathised more with Israel (20.9 per cent). Only a third of those UK Christians polled (33.1 per cent) strongly agreed or tended to agree with the statement that ‘God gave the land that is now Israel to the Jewish people’, while only 12.4 per cent strongly agreed or tended to agree that the biblical nation of Israel and the modern state of Israel were the same. Some 70.1 per cent of UK Christians strongly agreed or tended to agree with the statement that the land belongs to both Jewish people and Palestinians.

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