A poll of Americans found that an overwhelming majority supported Israel’s war against Hamas terrorists, but a majority of younger Americans agreed with the plight of Palestinians.
The Harvard CAPS-Harris Survey found that 84% of respondents sided with Israel, while only 16% sided with Hamas militants.
Among older Americans ages 65 and older, 95% said they support Israel, while just 5% said they support Hamas.
A slim majority of 51% of Americans ages 18 to 24 said Hamas’s terrorist attack on Israel could be justified by Palestinians’ grievances. 49% of their peers did not think the attack could be justified.
“There is strong support for Israel and against Hamas across all parties. They believe Israel should not cease hostilities until it weakens Hamas,” said Mark Penn, one of the survey’s co-directors.
“However, those of college age are divided on the Israel-Hamas issue,” he continued, “many of whom do not believe that Hamas committed any atrocities and that Israel was responsible for the hospital bombing.” Im In contrast, seniors provide universal support to Israel.”
A previous survey from CBS News also showed that most Americans did not believe that President Joe Biden was handling the Middle East conflict very well.
The poll also found that a majority of Americans, 56%, disapprove of Biden’s handling of the Israel-Hamas war, while only 44% approved of his handling. 76% said the U.S. should send humanitarian aid to Israel, while 48% said the U.S. should send weapons and aid to Israel.
“American leadership holds the world together. “America’s alliances are what keep us safe,” Biden said in an address to the nation on the Israeli conflict.
“American values make us a partner that other nations want to work with,” he added. “To put all of this at risk if we leave Ukraine and turn our backs on Israel. It’s just not worth it.”
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