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Poll: 71% in U.S. oppose Palestinian state

Results of a new national poll indicate 71 percent of Americans oppose the creation of a Palestinian state.

A survey of 1,000 Americans conducted by John McLaughlin and Associates also shows that, by large margins, U.S. residents are opposed to giving aid to the Palestinian Authority and are in favor of having Palestinian terrorists who kill Americans being handed over to the U.S. for prosecution. The poll was commissioned by the Zionist Organization of America.

Other questions in the poll addressed whether Americans believe that the Palestinians’ goal is the destruction of Israel and whether a Palestinian state would be a terrorist state.

The results were released in a statement by the Zionist Organization of America. According to the group, the poll respondents were 36 percent Republicans, 37 percent Democrats and 21 percent independents; 53 percent Protestants, 28 percent Catholic and 2 percent Jews; 76 percent Caucasians, 11 percent black and 10 percent Hispanics.

According to the poll results quoted in the statement:

Said ZOA President Morton A. Klein: “This comprehensive survey, done by one of America’s leading pollsters, shows that the vast majority of Americans understand that a Palestinian Arab state would be a terrorist state that seeks Israel’s destruction, and they do not want their tax dollars being used to finance the creation of such a state. President Bush’s support for creating a Palestinian Arab state and giving financial aid to the Palestinian Arabs is clearly at odds with the views of the vast majority of American citizens.”