published : 2023-11-16
Voters Blame Hamas for War, Continue to Side with Israelis, Poll Shows
Majorities favor financial aid for Israel’s military and humanitarian assistance to Palestinians
More than a month after Hamas launched a horrific attack on Israel, most voters blame the terrorist group for the war in the Gaza Strip and continue to side with the Israelis over the Palestinians.
According to the latest survey, 66% of voters side with the Israelis, while 22% support the Palestinians.
Majorities of Republicans (77%), Democrats (56%), and independents (60%) all side with Israel.
The only groups with a majority that doesn’t support the Jewish state are voters under age 30 (40% Israel, 47% Palestinians) and those who self-identified as very liberal (37% Israel, 43% Palestinians).
Despite the overall support for Israel, 30% of voters think the U.S. is too supportive of them, while 21% say not supportive enough.
The largest share, nearly half, thinks the level of U.S. backing is about right (45%).
Democrats (36% too supportive), nonwhite voters (38%), and voters under age 30 (45%) are most likely to believe the U.S. is too supportive of Israel.
Seven in 10 (69%) blame Hamas for the war in the Gaza Strip, while 20% say Israel is at fault.
Protests in support of Hamas have disrupted college campuses across the U.S.
When asked about limiting the free speech of those rallying in support of Hamas, 60% of voters wouldn't like to restrict such speech.
However, 36% of voters would feel comfortable limiting free speech on the matter.
More Republicans (42%) than Democrats (31%) or independents (33%) would be okay with restricting free speech on this issue.
Overall, 82% of voters are extremely or very concerned about threats to personal rights and freedoms.
Those most concerned are Republicans (87%), voters over age 65 (86%), and men (85%).
When it comes to providing financial aid, 60% of voters are in favor of aid for Israel's military, while 37% oppose it.
On the other hand, 65% of voters are in favor of providing humanitarian assistance to the Palestinians in Gaza, with 31% opposing it.
Democrats are more likely to favor sending aid to Palestinians (80%) than to the Israeli government (57%), while Republicans have the opposite preference (50% Palestinians, 67% Israelis).
Independents are split over aid to Israel (48%-48%), but favor sending humanitarian aid to those in the Gaza Strip (65%-31%).
Meanwhile, 70% of voters feel President Biden has been too accommodating toward Iran, which supports Hamas.
Overall, 39% approve of Biden’s response to the Israel-Hamas war, while 55% disapprove.
Voters under age 35 (69%) and Republicans and very conservatives (76% each) are among those most likely to disapprove of Biden’s handling of the war.
In addition, three-quarters of voters are extremely or very concerned about the war in Israel (74%) and about attacks by Islamic terrorists in the U.S. (73%).
Two-thirds of voters are concerned about antisemitism (67%), and the same number are concerned about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Worry about terrorist attacks in the U.S. has increased by 23 points since May.