Majority of Americans Want US to Aid in Evacuating Gaza Civilians Amid Israeli-Hamas Conflict

         

Summary: A Reuters/Ipsos poll reveals that a bipartisan majority of Americans supports the US helping to evacuate Palestinian civilians from Gaza to ensure their safety during the ongoing conflict with Hamas. The poll also indicates that Americans’ support for Israel in the conflict is stronger than in the past. However, younger Americans show less support for Israel and are more likely to advocate for the US to be a neutral mediator. The poll highlights Americans’ concern for the wellbeing of ordinary Palestinians and their desire for Israel to avoid killing civilians in its attacks on Hamas. With the crisis continuing, there is a lack of neighboring states or third countries willing to provide refuge for Gaza refugees.

According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, the majority of Americans, regardless of their political affiliation, believe that the US should aid in evacuating Palestinian civilians from Gaza to protect them from harm during the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas. The poll reveals that 78% of respondents, including 94% of Democrats and 71% of Republicans, agreed that American diplomats should actively work on a plan to provide safe passage for civilians fleeing the fighting in Gaza.

The poll also indicates that Americans’ overall support for Israel in the conflict is stronger than it was in a previous survey conducted in 2014 during a similar clash with Hamas. In the current poll, 41% of respondents agreed that the US should support Israel in its conflict with Hamas, while only 2% believed the US should support the Palestinians.

However, the survey reveals that younger Americans are less supportive of Israel and more likely to advocate for the US to be a neutral mediator in the conflict. About 40% of respondents under the age of 40 believe that the US should play a neutral role, compared to 19% of those above the age of 40. Additionally, younger Americans are less likely to support Israel, with only 20% of respondents under 40 backing Israel’s position, compared to 53% of older respondents.

The poll highlights Americans’ concern for the wellbeing of ordinary Palestinians in the Hamas-ruled territory of Gaza. A significant majority of 81% agreed that Israel should avoid killing civilians in its retaliatory strikes against Hamas. US officials have called on Israel to protect civilians and have accused Hamas of using Gaza residents as human shields. However, no neighboring state or third country has shown willingness to take in large numbers of Gaza refugees.

While President Joe Biden has expressed continued support for Israel, he has also urged Israel to follow the laws of war and acknowledged that the majority of Palestinians are not involved in Hamas’ attacks. The poll reveals that Americans have low faith in either Biden or his predecessor, Donald Trump, to solve the crisis. Only 26% of respondents trust Biden more to broker peace in the Middle East, while 32% trust Trump more. The rest either don’t trust either leader or are unsure about who would be better.

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online and gathered responses from 1,003 US adults. The credibility interval of the poll is approximately four percentage points.

Tags: Gaza, Israel, Hamas, US, conflict, civilians, evacuation, support, youth opinion, Middle East

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