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Support grows for Israel in conflict: Poll

Israeli artillery fire near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 25, 2014.
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Israeli artillery fire near the Israeli-Gaza border on July 25, 2014.

Americans strongly favor treating Israelis and Palestinians equally in the current conflict in Gaza, according to a new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll.

Fifty three percent of those polled say the United States should treat Israelis and Palestinians "the same," the poll found, although that margin has slipped 2 percent from an earlier poll in February 2013.

Support for Israel has increased since the earlier poll, with 34 percent saying the U.S. should favor Israelis over Palestinians, up from 31 percent in February 2013. By comparison, only 4 percent said the U.S. should favor Palestinians over Israelis, which was unchanged from the earlier poll.

Support for Israel was also evident in Americans' perceptions of that country's military incursion into Gaza.

Forty-four percent said Israel was defending its interests and justified in taking action, while 24 percent said Israel has gone too far and is not justified. But not all Americans are paying close attention to the conflict, as 32 percent said they don't know enough about the situation to have an opinion.

The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll was conducted from July 30 to Aug. 3. Complete results will be released at 6:30 p.m. ET.

By CNBC's Eamon Javors