Israel-Gaza War, United States

New Harvard/Harris Poll: Americans split on "day after" for Gaza Strip

79% of those polled support Israel over Hamas and 69% believe Israel is trying to avoid civilian casualties in the war in Gaza.

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A new Harvard/Harris poll shows a strong majority supports Israel in the war against Hamas, across all age groups, but is divided on questions such as the fate of the Gaza Strip following a presumed Israeli victory.

Thus, 79% of Americans support Israel against Hamas and 69% think Israel is trying to avoid civilian casualties in its war effort. While the margin is smaller among those aged 18-24, Israel enjoys majority support across age groups.

Just 34% support an unconditional ceasefire, and 66% only support a ceasefire if the hostages are released and Hamas removed from power. Here there is a clear split: younger voters aged 18-34 favor an unconditional ceasefire by single digits, while those aged 45 and up oppose the idea.

Regarding “the day after” Hamas is removed from power, Americans are split: 29% support administration by Israel, 39% support administration by the Palestinian Authority, and the remaining 32% support administration by a new authority set up with Arab nations.

74% think that Israel should continue operations in Rafah, and 56% think that Biden’s decision to hold back arms from Israel only emboldens Hamas.

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