In a new poll conducted by Issues and Insights and Techno Metrica Institute of Policy and Politics, it was revealed that a surprising one in five Democrats actually side with Hamas amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. The survey of 1,400 adults found that 20% of Democrats showed support for Hamas, while 54% of the party members sided with Israel. The remaining 26% claimed to be unsure about which side to support.
One in five Democrats side with Hamas amid the Israel-Hamas war, according to a new poll. https://t.co/SN744xjtvu
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While the numbers for Democrats are concerning, it is worth noting that the percentage of Republicans supporting Hamas was significantly lower. Only 7% of Republicans surveyed said they sided with Hamas, with a vast majority of 71% expressing their support for Israel. The remaining 22% of Republicans claimed to be unsure about the conflict. Independents showed slightly higher support for Hamas at 6%, while 50% sided with Israel and 44% remained unsure.
The overall results of the poll showed that a majority of Americans, 58% to be exact, expressed their support for Israel. On the other hand, 11% of Americans sided with Hamas and 31% claimed to be unsure about which party to support. One interesting observation from the poll was that the younger generation, aged 18 to 24, showed a higher inclination towards Hamas or remaining undecided. Out of this age group, 30% expressed support for Israel, 17% sided with Hamas, and 53% were unsure.
In contrast, the older generation, aged 65 and older, overwhelmingly supported Israel with 84% showing their allegiance to the country. Only 2% of this age group expressed support for Hamas, while 14% remained unsure.
Interestingly, the poll also highlighted concerns over an increase in antisemitic behavior in the country during the Israel-Hamas conflict. The survey found that 74% of the respondents considered antisemitism and anti-Jewish prejudice to be a serious problem. Democrats, at 82%, were more likely to label this behavior as serious compared to Republicans, at 76%. Independents showed slightly lower concern with 66% considering it a serious issue.
Overall, the poll provides insight into the divided opinions of Americans regarding the Israel-Hamas conflict, with Democrats being more divided in their support for Hamas than Republicans. The survey was conducted online and had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.