A new poll revealed that more Democrats blame Israel than Hamas, a terrorist organization, for the recent outbreak of violence in Gaza.
Big partisan divide on fighting in #Gaza according to new @trafalgar_group @COSProject national #poll. @GOP & Independents blame #Hamas, @Palestine_UN, & #Iran; @TheDemocrats blame @Israel. Conducted 5/15-17 of 1101 likely ‘22 voters. Full report: https://t.co/ivHn1P35AR pic.twitter.com/tgx6eBSdCO
— Robert C. Cahaly (@RobertCahaly) May 19, 2021
While 27.4% of all voters surveyed believe Israel is responsible for the recent violence in Gaza, that number jumps to 38.5% of Democrats surveyed. Meanwhile, only 15.5% of Democrats blame Hamas. Another 5.7% of Democrats blame the Palestinian Authority for the violent outbreak.
Both the United States and the European Union classify Hamas as a terrorist organization. Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department classifies Israel as a U.S. ally, saying the country “is a great partner to the United States, and Israel has no greater friend than the United States.”
The numbers reveal a large partisan divide in assigning blame, with more Republican respondents, at 42.5%, placing the blame on Hamas, compared to 12.5% who blame Israel. Independents sided narrowly with Republicans on the issue, with a total of 35.6% blaming either Hamas or the Palestinian Authority for the violence, compared to 31.2% who blame Israel.
A total of 9.8% of voters placed the blame on Iran, while another 26.6% were unsure who they assigned blame to.
The conflict in Gaza has also revealed a divide between Democratic lawmakers in Washington, with tensions flaring between the younger, activist wing of the party, who view the violence as a racial justice issue similar to those in the U.S.
AOC had a hysterical hissy fit on the House floor recently, asking, “Do Palestinians have a right to survive?”
“The President and many other figures stated that Israel has a right to self-defense…but do Palestinians have a right to survive? Do we believe that? And if so, we have a responsibility to that as well.” –@AOC pic.twitter.com/gFaqFzg1a4
— Waleed Shahid (@_waleedshahid) May 13, 2021
Author: Nolan Sheridan