In a recent poll conducted by CBS News-YouGov, it was found that a majority of American voters disapprove of President Joe Biden’s handling of the Israel-Hamas war. A whopping 56% of the 1,878 adults surveyed expressed their dissatisfaction with Biden’s job performance in relation to the conflict. However, there seems to be a glimmer of hope for Biden among the younger demographic, as 54% of those under 30 showed support for the president’s stance on Israel.
While a plurality of those surveyed, 44%, believe that Biden is providing the right amount of support to Israel, 32% feel that he has not shown enough support, and 24% believe he has shown too much solidarity with the Jewish state.
When the results are broken down by age group, it is still evident that most people believe Biden is striking the right balance in supporting Israel. However, among younger individuals, there is a tendency to think that Biden is leaning too heavily towards Israel. A concerning 31% of adults under 30 feel that the president has shown too much support, compared to only 21% who believe he has not shown enough. Similarly, 30% of those aged 30-44 believe Biden is displaying excessive support, while 25% feel he is lacking in his support for Israel.
The survey also revealed that older age groups are more likely to believe that Biden is not doing enough to support Israel. Among those aged 45-64, 38% expressed their dissatisfaction, and among those aged 65 and older, 41% took a negative view. In contrast, only 21% and 14%, respectively, of these age groups felt that Biden is being too supportive of Israel.
The poll also touched upon the question of whether the U.S. should send weapons and supplies to Israel. The results showed a narrow divide, with 52% of those polled saying the U.S. should not provide such aid, while 48% thought otherwise. Interestingly, when broken down by age, the majority of those under 45 years old were opposed to sending weapons and supplies, while a majority of those 45 years old and older were in favor.
In response to the poll results, President Biden delivered a speech from the White House, reaffirming his support for Israel. He called on Congress to pass a $100 billion supplemental funding request to aid both Israel and Ukraine in their ongoing conflicts. Additionally, the president made a recent visit to Israel as a show of solidarity.
The Israel-Hamas conflict has been devastating, with the death toll surpassing 5,000 people in Israel and Gaza. The State Department has sadly confirmed that at least 30 Americans have lost their lives, and there are also reports of U.S. citizens being held hostage by Hamas. It is a harrowing situation that demands urgent attention and action.
In conclusion, while President Biden seems to have a net approval rating among younger individuals in his handling of the Israel-Hamas war, a majority of voters overall are dissatisfied with his performance. It is essential for the president to address these concerns and work towards finding a solution that strikes the right balance in supporting Israel, while also promoting peace in the region. The U.S. should continue to stand as a loyal ally to Israel, but it is equally important to consider all perspectives and work towards a fair and lasting resolution to the conflict.