Teleios Research Evaluates Opinions About the Israel-Palestine Conflict
Politically, evangelical Christians believe Israel is a democracy and all groups are treated fairly (28%); whereas non-evangelicals perceive Palestinians living in Israel are repressed (28%; P=0.002). Evangelicals generally support Israel regarding political and human rights issues (74%) compared to non-evangelicals (46%); while non-evangelicals support the Palestinian Authority (39%) more than evangelicals (8%, P>0.0001)
Further, evangelicals favor the US government supporting Israel (70%); whereas non-evangelicals believe America should take no action (25%) or work actively against Israel (28%: P>0.0001)
Religiously, a plurality of evangelicals believe the Jewish state today is the Israel of the Bible (41%) versus those who are non-evangelicals (19%; P=0.048). Further, evangelicals indicate Christians should evangelize both Israelis and Palestinians (75%) whereas non-evangelicals believe neither group should be evangelized (32%; P>0.0001)
In terms of a final solution to the Palestinian homeland, both evangelicals and non-evangelicals believe providing jobs and education was important (17 and 21%, respectively)
No differences were noted between groups regarding who their professors favored during their education, most commonly the Palestinians (17% evangelical, 26% non-evangelical, P=0.37).
Despite the strong statistical differences observed between groups, the response to this survey was less than usually received by Teleios, being about one-third of normal. Further, the number of responses marked as 'unsure' was unusually high, ranging from 15-68%. These two observations in both young evangelicals and non-evangelicals imply there may be a common attitude of non-engagement about the Israeli-Palestine issue or lack of knowledge.
This survey suggests strong differences between young evangelicals and non-evangelicals regarding the Israel's political and foreign policies as well as their right to exist; evangelicals generally being strongly supportive of Israel and non-evangelicals being greatly supportive of Palestine.
All the findings of the survey can be found here (https://www.surveymonkey.com/
WC Stewart, JA Stewart, LA Nelson
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