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Poll: Majority of US voters, 81% of young people, approve of Biden’s handing of Gaza violence

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

US President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the Middle East in the Cross Hall of the White House, in Washington, DC on May 20, 2021.  (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP)
US President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the Middle East in the Cross Hall of the White House, in Washington, DC on May 20, 2021. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP)

A majority of registered voters in the US approve of US President Joe Biden’s handling of the recent violence between Israel and Hamas, a new poll finds.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted on May 14-15, five days before a ceasefire was reached.

Fifty-six percent of registered voters indicated they approve of Biden’s handling of the recent violence, while 44% say they disapprove.

The numbers changed drastically based on age group: 50% of 50-64 year-olds approved of Biden’s handling of the Gaza violence; 56% of 35-49 year-olds approve; and 81% of 18-34 year-olds approve.

Roughly eight in 10 Democratic voters approve of Biden’s handling, along with 69 percent of independents. Seventy-seven percent of Republicans say they disapprove of Biden’s handling of the issue.

The Hill-HarrisX poll was conducted online among 932 registered voters. It has a margin of error of 3.2 percentage points.

Since the beginning of Operation Guardian of the Walls, the Biden administration took a firm stance in favor of Israel’s right to defend itself against Hamas rocket fire. That position held throughout the entire 11-day conflict, but about mid-way through the US picked up its efforts aimed at reaching a ceasefire after giving Israel several days to target Hamas infrastructure.

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