Opinion on the severity of Pollard’s sentence had shifted about a year ago. In a YouGov poll conducted last April, just over a third felt the sentence was the right one. Similar numbers say that today.
Republicans are most likely to think the original sentence was too harsh. However, half of Republicans today see the original sentence as too lenient or as about right.
The Pollard case involved the prosecution and sentencing of someone spying for a U.S. ally, which many Americans agree describes Israel. In the latest poll, only 5% say Israel is an enemy, while 10% say Israel is unfriendly. Two in three consider Israel either a country friendly to the United States or as an ally. Those figures have been fairly consistent, through recent conflicts and disagreements.