CNN Poll: Americans Clearly Side with Israel in Gaza Fighting

According to the poll, 57% of the American public said the Israeli actions against Hamas, the Palestinian organization that runs Gaza, are justified, with just over a third saying they are unjustified. (CNN)

According to the poll, 57% of the American public said the Israeli actions against Hamas, the Palestinian organization that runs Gaza, are justified, with just over a third saying they are unjustified. (CNN)

A majority of Americans say Israel’s military actions in Gaza are justified, with only four in 10 saying that Israel has used too much force, according to a new national poll.

But a CNN/ORC International survey conducted Friday through Sunday also indicates that favorable opinions of Israel have edged down slightly since earlier this year.

The poll was released Monday as the death toll on both sides continued to go up.

According to the poll, 57% of the public said the Israeli actions against Hamas, the Palestinian organization that runs Gaza, are justified, with just over a third saying they are unjustified.

Forty-three percent of those questioned said Israel’s using about the right amount of force, with 12% saying they’re not using enough. Nearly four in 10 said Israel is using too much force in Gaza.

“Attitudes toward Israeli military action have been extremely stable over the years,” said CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. “In 2012, an identical 57% thought that Israel’s actions against Hamas in Gaza were justified. And in 2009, the number of Americans who felt that way was only a few points higher, at 63%.”

“Support for U.S. military aid to Israel also remains fairly stable, with almost two-thirds of Americans saying that U.S. assistance to Israel should be increased or kept the same,” Holland added.

The survey indicates that 38% have an unfavorable opinion of Israel, up 14 percentage points from February. Sixty percent said they have a favorable opinion of Israel, down from 72% in February. But that 60% favorable rating is three times higher than the 20% of Americans who have a positive view of the Palestinian Authority, the governing body that runs the West Bank.

If the bloodshed continues for a while, don’t be surprised if some partisan bickering over the fighting in Gaza breaks out in the United States as the poll suggests a partisan divide.

Forty-five percent of Democrats questioned said that Israeli’s military actions in Gaza are justified. That number jumps to 56% among independents and 73% among Republicans.

The poll was conducted for CNN by ORC International from July 18-20, with 1,012 adult Americans questioned by telephone. The survey’s overall sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

16 comments

  • Asimpleman

    This essentially indicates two possible things: 1) Americans are extremely stupid. 2) The media, the politicians, and special interest groups do a heck of a job convincing Americans that apartheid and colonialism is acceptable.

    • Lana

      Yeah, for a second there I thought this article was stale, but WOW. Um, thanks Whotv for adding commentary to statistics, which by the way grossly misrepresents almost too many things to list, but I’ll tell you a couple, CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser:
      1. This poll was over a 3 day period, which is just a snapshot in the ongoing crisis.What stopped you for doing a 10 day poll, or even a 5 day poll? 3 days is too small of a window for such and active conflict.
      2 .1,012 adult Americans were polled by telephone. So that’s all we get? No demographic stats? I am interested to know more about this tiny group, and why more couldn’t have been polled.
      +/- 3 points is close when the numbers in your poll are that close.

      But wait, there’s more!

      “But that 60% favorable rating is three times higher than the 20% of Americans who have a positive view of the Palestinian Authority, the governing body that runs the West Bank.”
      ^ This comes off as extremely defensive, to say the least.

      “If the bloodshed continues for a while, don’t be surprised if some partisan bickering over the fighting in Gaza breaks out in the United States as the poll suggests a partisan divide.”
      ^ “Don’t be surprised”? Who, exactly, are you directing this statement to? That sounds personal and unprofessional.

    • William Denison

      34% are pro terrorist and voting for Hillary 2016 ya’ll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      Democrats 2016-Let’s finish off America!

      • The real William Denison

        Benjamin Netanyahu is a psychopath as are the people who support him as well. Greed mongers, thieves and murderers.

  • joyce

    yes you are, a very very simple simple man. you just don’t get it so don’t blame the people who do.

  • Dan

    Isreal has taken enough, turned the other cheek to many times. Way past time to burn out the rats and get it over with. When they are done there they need to get it over with in Iran, with OUR HELP!

    • William Denison

      So what your saying is Americans should fight more of Israel’s wars spending even more money then we already give them every year and use our troops and their time to fight Israel’s battles that they themselves start? Your a simple minded sheep.

      • joyce

        yes americans do spend alot of money, but how are they fighting using our troops? usa has sent no troops to israel. and how did israel start this war, when they had been bombed for WEEKS before they started to retaliate. where do you live william? how happy would you be if the muslims sent a missile into your childs school? i guess you would not be interested in retaliating. by the way, you are defending the very same people who are killing christians left and right. did you not see ISIS demands for christians to convert or die. have you not seen hezbollah killing christians in lebanon? keep defending these people and
        you will be next. wake up william. love your country more than you hate israel.

      • joyce

        by the way billy, today the last christian was forced to leave mosul. the muslims said convert to islam or leave. how come the christians have to leave iraq but the so called as newt gingrich and ron paul said, “phony made up people” who now call themselves palestinians can fight and try to ruin a perfectly peaceful country like israel refuse to leave, even thought they are surrounded by at leaset 10 muslim countries. the christians are an innocent group of people. why do you allow the muslims to treat christians in this manner. why not speak to this issue billy

  • Troy Hendrickson

    Americans support Israel because they don;t wish to admit the truth of this nations own ongoing genocide, or it’s complicity in Israel’s attempts to do to the Palestinians what Hitler did to the Jews.

    • joyce

      yeah, like those german jews were killing other germans and sending missile into berlin every two seconds. you are either the most prejudiced person or one of the moste uneducated. german jews loved germany more than their own heritage, palestinians and hamas call for the demise of israel at every turn. jews in germany loved their homeland. you need to study up before you make such a isgusting sweeping statement.

  • Right Wing Patriot

    Israel needs to crush Hamas if the opportunity is there. Their survival as a nation depneds on it.

  • William Denison

    Mike Cee please stop posting under my name. You are a true “Kitty” being such a coward and a man child.

  • john smith

    i dont know what poll cnn takes . most people are against the killing of inocent people. US should stop using taxpayer dollars to fund and sponsor israels war monger terrorist goverment. killing inocent civilians is not justified . i hope Cnn goes out of business they are controlled by israely lobbiest.

    • joyce

      not sure if you are really john smith or just another muslim using american soundig names, i hear there is a lot of that going on. more deceit, lies and underhandedness. that is what muslim terrorisits are all about. basically, it is very hard to distinguish which palestinians are really innocent. probably very few. they clearly support a widely known terrorist organiztion. that does not sound “innocent” to me. yesterday, the UN announced that hamas planted around 60 missiles in UN based schools. The israeli’s did not make this declaration, an objective UN group did. how can these palestinians be innocent? they willingly and knowingly, allow missiles and killers into their homes and schools. remember, not one newscast report the numbers of hamas that have died, just the number of palestinians. very distorted reporting, which makes israel look much worse that what is actually the case.

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