This book examines trends in American public opinion about Israel in over 75 years, from 1944 to 2019. Analyzing data from hundreds of surveys in jargon-free writing, the authors show that public support for Israel has seen a dramatic shift toward increased division between partisan and select demographic groups, elaborating on the implications that this important change may have for the countries’ special relationship. Scholars and students of American foreign policy, public opinion, Middle East politics and international relations, as well as policy analysts, policymakers, journalists and anyone interested in American policy toward Israel, will want to read this book.

Special Features

  • An Online Appendix including all surveys used throughout the book.
  • A Roper Center-approved Data Tool that allows readers to create their own figures based on data used in the book:





chapter 1|11 pages


part I|75 pages

Trends in Public Support

part II|126 pages

Assessing the Divide in Public Support

chapter 5|38 pages

Demographic Divisions

chapter 6|34 pages

Partisan Divide

chapter 7|20 pages

Affective Sources of Attitudes

chapter 9|13 pages

Conclusion: A Conditional Relationship?