Major Shift in US Public Opinion on Israel’s War on Gaza – Poll

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Some 60% of US voters are unhappy with President Joe Biden’s handling of the Israeli war on Gaza, a new survey by the Wall Street Journal has found. 

A growing number also believe the US is not doing enough to help the Palestinian people, the outlet wrote on Sunday.

The WSJ poll found that disapproval of Biden’s handling of the war is at 60%, eight points higher than it was in a December poll.

Just over 30% of respondents said they backed Biden on the issue.

The newspaper noted that the high level of disapproval has made its way to the ballot box, with more than 100,000 people voting “uncommitted” in Michigan’s Democratic presidential primary last week, many in protest at the president’s policies on Israel.

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‘Significant Challenge’ 

“The war has created significant challenges for President Biden both in domestic politics and in diplomacy,” the outlet wrote, adding that some senior aides to the president have been sounding the alarm that his support for Israel’s war effort will cost him votes in his November reelection bid.

The survey also found that 33% of voters believe the US is doing “too little” to help Palestinians, a number that was up from 26% in December. 

About one-quarter of voters said Washington was doing too much for Palestinians, with the same number saying the US government was doing the right amount.

At the same time, some 30% said the US was doing too much to help the Israeli people, compared with 22% who said the same in December.

Overall, the poll showed that 42% of Americans believe Israel has gone too far in Gaza. A smaller proportion, 19%, said Israel hasn’t gone far enough, and 24% said Israel’s response to the Al-Aqsa Flood operation has been about right.

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Why These Numbers Matter 

“The longer this goes on, there is a shift toward more sympathy toward the Palestinians and less toward Israel,” Democratic pollster Michael Bocian said.

The WSJ said it had interviewed 1,500 registered voters by cellphone and landline, with some respondents reached by text and invited to take the survey online.

“These numbers are important for two reasons,” Palestinian political analyst and editor of the Palestine Chronicle, Dr. Ramzy Baroud, said:

“First, the source of the survey is known for its pro-Israel stance, which implies that the questions were presented in such a way that favored the pro-Israel narrative, for example, presenting the ‘conflict’ as one between Israel and Hamas, who is constantly referenced as a ‘terrorist group.” 

‘Second, this significant shift in US opinion is taking place despite everything that US media, and US-based social media have done to erase or censor the Palestinian voice,” Baroud added. 

“This means that the Israeli government is being exposed for its crimes against Palestinians in Gaza, that Biden is directly associated with these crimes and that Palestine is finally becoming a domestic US political issue,” he concluded. 

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Gaza Genocide

Currently on trial before the International Court of Justice for genocide against Palestinians, Israel has been waging a devastating war on Gaza since October 7. 

According to Gaza’s Ministry of Health, 30,534 Palestinians have been killed, and 71,920 wounded in Israel’s ongoing genocide in Gaza starting on October 7.

Moreover, at least 7,000 people are unaccounted for, presumed dead under the rubble of their homes throughout the Strip. 

Palestinian and international organizations say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.

The Israeli aggression has also resulted in the forceful displacement of nearly two million people from all over the Gaza Strip, with the vast majority of the displaced forced into the densely crowded southern city of Rafah near the border with Egypt – in what has become Palestine’s largest mass exodus since the 1948 Nakba.

Israel says that 1,200 soldiers and civilians were killed during the Al-Aqsa Flood Operation on October 7. Israeli media published reports suggesting that many Israelis were killed on that day by ‘friendly fire.’

(PC, RT)

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  1. The only suitable ending to this crime-against-humanity is the utter destruction of Israel and it’s leadership is on trial for their lives.

  2. The censorship of comments indicates you tube and the govt. don’t like that people dislike the powers in charge supporting Israel stealing and killing.

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