A new Pew Research poll shows that Americans are paying a great deal of attention to the violence in the Middle East. Typically, what gets the most coverage seldom generates the most interest in these polls. Whether that’s a bias of the poll or a genuine reflection of the American opinion of the news, I’m not sure. But certainly, with that potential bias in mind, it seems heartening to see that Americans still have the strength after the last eight years to at least not tune out the violence in Gaza.
That’s good news for policy, bad news for probably Israel and Palestine, both. The research also shows a large number of people think that the media coverage has not been critical enough of either side’s role in the affair. That would seem to indicate that American’s patience with the stalled Middle East peace process is wearing thin as much as it is an indication that we’re sick or our media’s lack of coverage.