The survey of 1,313 adults was conducted Wednesday and has a margin of error of +/– 3.8 percentage points, meaning results could be about 4 points lower or higher. Respondents were reached by telephone using live interviewers, by text or online.
Support for Israel
Overall, 65% said the U.S. should support Israel publicly. That was true of big majorities of both parties — 77% of Republicans and 69% of Democrats.
Notably, independents were less likely to believe this — 54% thought the U.S. should publicly support Israel, but a third said the U.S. shouldn’t say or do anything.
But there are huge age and racial gaps — 78% of those 45 and older think the U.S. should take a publicly pro-Israel stance, but just 48% of those under 45 said so.
This is particularly true of the youngest Americans eligible to vote — just 48% of Gen Z/millennials said the U.S. should publicly voice support, as compared to 63% of Gen X, 83% of baby boomers and 86% of the Silent/Greatest generation.
Along racial lines, just 51% of nonwhites said the U.S. should take such a public stance supporting Israel, while 72% of whites thought it should.
Worries the war could spread
Eight in 10 said they are concerned that the Israel-Hamas war will lead to a broader conflict in the Middle East.
Notably, there was a significant gender gap here. Women were 16 points more likely to worry that the conflict would spread (87%) compared to men (71%).
Israel’s response so far
At this point, more Americans say Israel’s response has been about right — 44% said so.
About a quarter said, though, that it’s been too much and roughly another quarter said it’s been too little.
Democratic men were the most likely to say that Israel’s response has been too much (44%), followed by those who live in big cities (41%), those under 45 (37%) and Biden supporters (37%).
On the other hand, white men without college degrees (45%), Republican men (44%), white evangelical Christians (40%) and Donald Trump supporters (39%) were the most likely to say it’s been too little.
Slim majority say U.S. support for Israel has made the region safer
By a 53%-41% margin, respondents said they believe U.S. support for Israel makes the Middle East safer.
But there are some notable deviations, particularly among younger Americans. Gen Z/millennials were the only group tested in which a majority (54%) said the U.S.’s support for Israel makes the region more dangerous.