Democrats were almost twice as likely as Republicans to find Israel's bombing of the Palestinian Strip excessive.
Half of Americans believe that the Israeli military response to the October 7 Hamas raid has already occurred “Gone too far,” According to an AP-NORC poll published on Friday. This number represents a ten-point increase since the pollster asked the same question in November.
Less than a third (31%) of the 1,152 survey respondents said that military operations in West Jerusalem had occurred “He was right” While 15% said that the matter did not go far enough. Both numbers represent a significant decline from November, when 38% of those surveyed approved of the response and 18% said it should go further.
Democrats were nearly twice as likely as Republicans to say Israel has gone too far in its bombing of Gaza — 62%, compared to 33%.
However, more Democrats also said the campaign did not go far enough compared to November polls (9% vs. 7%). More than a third of participants (37%) said that the United States was very supportive of Israel. However, the majority (61%) of those who responded to the poll said that Hamas is committed “a lot” Responsibility for the war compared to only 35% who said the same about the Israeli government. A third also believed the Iranian government was largely responsible, but only one in ten believed Washington played a major role.
Two-thirds (67%) disapproved of President Joe Biden's handling of the conflict, with a growing portion of Democrats speaking out against their leader (53% compared to just 39% in December).
Despite Washington's unconditional support for Israeli military operations in Gaza, just over a third (35%) of those surveyed described the nation as “Israeli.” “An ally who shares US interests and values.” Instead, a majority (44%) saw it as “A partner with whom the United States must cooperate, but with whom it does not share its interests and values.” While another 9% called it “A competitor with whom the United States must compete, but not conflict with.” Only 7% described Israel as an adversary.
Israel has killed more than 27,000 Palestinians in Gaza since the war began about four months ago, according to the Ministry of Health in the Strip, prompting South Africa to accuse it of committing genocide in a case it filed before the International Court of Justice in December. The court has since ordered West Jerusalem to prevent genocide in the area and to preserve evidence of any crimes that could be classified as such.
Israel has also been ordered to ease the humanitarian situation of Palestinians, most of whom are considered at risk of starvation or malnutrition. More than 85% of Gaza's population has been displaced due to Israeli bombing since October.
Instead of allowing more aid into the besieged area, Israel accused the United Nations Palestinian refugee agency, UNRWA, of aiding and abetting Hamas. This prompted the United States and more than a dozen other countries to withdraw funding from the already overwhelmed organization.
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