Religion News: Religion a large factor in Americans’ support for Israel

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By Im-tirzu [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons

Week in Religion

Religious Americans are much more likely to be sympathetic to Israel in the Middle East situation as compared to those who are less religious.Over the past 14 years, 66 percent of Americans who attend church weekly or almost weekly report sympathy for Israelis, compared with 13 percent sympathetic to the Palestinians. This according to results of a Gallup Poll released this month.

Among those who never attend church, sympathy for Israel drops to 46 percent, but is still double the 23 percent sympathetic to the Palestinians.

In the middle, Americans who do attend church, but not frequently, support for Israel is at 58 percent and 16 percent for the Palestinians.

Not surprisingly, the highest rate of sympathy for Israel is reported among American Jews, with 93 percent siding with Israel and only 2 percent indicating sympathy for the Palestinians. Mormons also rate high, with 79 percent responding as sympathetic to Israel.

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Religion Around the World

According to the CIA World Factbook, the religious makeup of Kenya is:

- Protestant, 47.4 percent

- Catholic, 23.3 percent

- Other Christian, 11.8 percent

- Muslim, 11.1 percent

- Other, 1.7 percent

- Traditionalist, 1.6 percent

- None or unspecified, 3.1 percent