Almost half of Americans believe the U.S. is doing the right amount to support Israel against Hamas.Forty-nine percent say the U.S. is doing about the right amount to support Israel in its war with Hamas. This is particularly true for Americans over age 50, Democrats, and independents, of whom a majority say the U.S. is doing the right amount.
Over a quarter (29%) of Americans say the U.S. is doing too little to support Israel in its war with Hamas. Republicans are more likely to say the U.S. should provide more support with half expressing that sentiment.
Overall, 18% say the U.S. is doing too much to help Israel in its war with Hamas. Here, too, there is a difference by age, as Americans under age 50 are more likely to feel the U.S. is doing too much, though only a minority feel this way.
U.S. involvement in Ukraine tells a slightly different story. While a plurality (42%) says the U.S. is doing the right amount to support Ukraine in its war against Russia, more say the U.S. is doing too much (33%) rather than too little (22%). These attitudes are consistent with an ABC News/Ipsos poll from January.
The American public expresses deep sympathy for the Israeli people and broadly sees the Israeli government’s military response to Hamas’ attacks as justified, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS, and two-thirds are at least somewhat worried the fighting between Israel and Hamas could lead to terrorism in the US. The poll also finds divisions by party and age in how Americans view the conflict and the US response to it....Half of Americans (50%) say that the Israeli government’s military response to the Hamas attacks is fully justified, another 20% say it’s partially justified and just 8% that it is not at all justified, with 21% unsure. Republicans are far more likely than independents or Democrats to say the response is fully justified (68% of Republicans say so compared with 45% of independents and 38% of Democrats), and older Americans are also much likelier than younger ones to say it is completely justified (81% of those age 65 or older see the response as fully justified, compared with 56% of 50-to-64-year-olds, 44% of 35-to-49-year-olds and 27% of 18-to-34-year-olds). Majorities across age and party, though, say the Israeli response is at least partially justified, with very few Americans of any age or party affiliation saying the response is not at all justified.
A sizable 71% of Americans say they feel a lot of sympathy for the Israeli people over the attacks by Hamas on October 7, with nearly all, 96%, expressing at least some sympathy for them. A broad majority also feel at least some sympathy for the Palestinian people (87%), but fewer feel a lot of sympathy for the Palestinians (41%). Nearly all Americans (84%) express at least some sympathy for both Israeli and Palestinian people as they face ongoing fighting.
But here too, there are divides by age and party, with younger Americans and Democrats likelier to express a lot of sympathy for the Palestinian people than Republicans and older Americans. Majorities across party lines express a lot of sympathy for the Israeli people (78% of Republicans, 68% of independents and 67% of Democrats), but there is a broad gap between the share of Democrats (49%) and independents (47%) who have a lot of sympathy for the Palestinian people and the share of Republicans who say the same (26%).