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Poll: Twice As Many Americans Blame Hamas For Gaza Violence Than Israel

Posted by on Jul. 30, 2014 at 12:56 PM
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WASHINGTON (WNEW) – Amid calls for a cease-fire in in the Gaza Strip, more than twice as many Americans say that Hamas (40 percent) is responsible for the current violence in comparison to just 19 percent who blame Israel.

After failing to secure a peace deal in Gaza last week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is attempting to uphold a temporary cease-fire that he’s hoping will initiate Israeli and Palestinian negotiations. But U.S. voters in a new Pew Research Center poll show a wide political divide on the issue in addition to substantial support for Israel in the Middle East conflict.

The Pew survey conducted from July 24-27 shows that 60 percent of Republicans say Hamas is most responsible for the current violence, while less than half of that percentage of Democrats (29 percent) agree with Hamas’ responsibility.

Overall, 28 percent of Americans polled said they don’t know who is to blame and 14 percent blame both sides for the continuing violence that has left thousands dead in recent weeks. 

As of July 29, there have been 1,148 recorded Palestinian deaths and 56 Israeli deaths as a result of the most recent airstrike, rocket and other attacks between Israel and Hamas, according to The New York Times.

Wide partisan differences divide Americans on the cause of the current Gaza violence.

Nearly half of Republicans (46 percent) say Israel’s response has been about right while another 19 percent say it has not gone far enough. Only 16 percent think Israel’s response has been excessive. For Democrats, 35 percent say Israel has gone too far while 31 percent says they have responded appropriately. Only 9 percent of Democrats think Israel hasn’t done enough.

Nearly three quarters of Republicans (73 percent) said they sympathize more with Israel than the Palestinians, compared with 45 percent of independents and 44 percent of Democrats. 

Liberal Democrats are among the most likely to view Israel’s response as having gone too far: 44 percent say Israel has been excessive with their response actions against Hamas.

In addition to partisan politics, there are wide gaps in Gaza support based upon racial and age differences.

By nearly a two-to-one margin – 40 to 22 percent – white Americans consider Israel’s actions to be correct rather than having gone too far. But among blacks and Hispanics, 36 percent to 28 percent gaps show Israel has gone too far. About one-third of Americans under age 50 said Israel’s actions have been excessive.

According to Pew data, when fighting flared between Israel and Hamas in January 2009, 50 percent of Americans said the Israeli response to the conflict was about right compared with 24 percent who thought it went too far.

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-Celestial-
by Platinum Member on Jul. 30, 2014 at 12:57 PM


Quote:

As of July 29, there have been 1,148 recorded Palestinian deaths and 56 Israeli deaths as a result of the most recent airstrike, rocket and other attacks between Israel and Hamas, according to The New York Times.

So sad....
Billiejeens
by Emerald Member on Jul. 30, 2014 at 12:59 PM
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Quoting -Celestial-:

Quote:As of July 29, there have been 1,148 recorded Palestinian deaths and 56 Israeli deaths as a result of the most recent airstrike, rocket and other attacks between Israel and Hamas, according to The New York Times.
So sad....

 Agreed, the 56 were completely unnecessary.

Ednarooni160
by on Jul. 30, 2014 at 1:02 PM
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I have now heard that Hama has killed people trying to leave Gaza to send a message that NO one should leave.  Nothing like using people and children as shields and/or keeping them from protecting their own families.

Sisteract
by Socialist Hippie on Jul. 30, 2014 at 1:14 PM
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Both sides are to blame.

Pema_Jampa
by Emerald Member on Jul. 30, 2014 at 1:17 PM
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Billiejeens
by Emerald Member on Jul. 30, 2014 at 1:17 PM
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That is your answer to everything.

You should put that in your siggy.

Quoting Sisteract:

Both sides are to blame.

 

latashac
by Bronze Member on Jul. 30, 2014 at 1:28 PM
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Further proof that America is in dire need of education. Isreal sucks and people who back them without question are idiots.

Billiejeens
by Emerald Member on Jul. 30, 2014 at 1:33 PM
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 Twice as many people support the side that simply does not want to be exterminated by the other.

Interesting - I actually wouldn't have thought our citizens were that intuitive.

Quoting latashac:

Further proof that America is in dire need of education. Isreal sucks and people who back them without question are idiots.

 

Ednarooni160
by on Jul. 30, 2014 at 1:37 PM
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Maybe people are starting to wake up..if Israel can be deemed "BAD" for defending itself..then what can happen here. How many things can be turned and twisted against "AMERICANS" by way of this president and his "executive" orders.

latashac
by Bronze Member on Jul. 30, 2014 at 1:40 PM

They aren't.

The extermination is only happening on one side. Yet Isreal are the "victims". American logic at it's very worst.

Quoting Billiejeens:

 Twice as many people support the side that simply does not want to be exterminated by the other.

Interesting - I actually wouldn't have thought our citizens were that intuitive.

Quoting latashac:

Further proof that America is in dire need of education. Isreal sucks and people who back them without question are idiots.

 

 

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