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Recent data from a Quinnipiac University poll indicates a decrease in voter support for US military aid to Israel amid its conflict with the Palestinian militant group Hamas.
The poll, conducted from December 14-18 with 1,647 registered voters, revealed that 45% support the US sending additional military aid to Israel, down from 54% in a previous November poll. This shift reflects changing sentiments among both Democratic and Republican voters.
In November, 71% of Democratic voters and 45% of Republican voters favored increased military aid to Israel. These numbers have since decreased to 36% among Democrats and 65% among Republicans. The release of these findings coincided with a letter from a group of House Democrats to President Biden, expressing deep concern over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s military strategy in Gaza. The letter highlights the rising civilian death toll and humanitarian crisis, stating these are “unacceptable and not in line with American interests; nor do they advance the cause of security for our ally Israel.” The lawmakers also voiced concerns that the current approach could hinder efforts to dismantle Hamas and secure the release of all hostages.
The poll’s margin of error is plus or minus 2.4 percentage points, with specific margins for Republican and Republican-leaning voters at plus or minus 3.7 percentage points and Democratic and Democratic-leaning voters at plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.