In a recent statewide poll conducted by UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies and co-sponsored by the Los Angeles Times, Californians have shown stark differences in their views on the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.
Age Divide: Younger and Older Voters at Odds
The survey highlights a significant generational gap in sentiments toward the war. Voters under 30 tend to sympathize more with Palestinians (55%) than Israelis (18%), while those over 65 predominantly side with Israel (52%) and believe in continuing the fight until Hamas is no longer viable.
Ideological Split: Liberals vs. Conservatives
Along ideological lines, liberal voters in the state overwhelmingly criticize Israel for using excessive military force, contrasting with conservative voters who believe the force used is either justified or insufficient.
Jen Julian, a 26-year-old progressive voter, expressed concern about the human cost on the Palestinian side, emphasizing the need for a more measured response.
Joey Johnson, a 68-year-old conservative, likened the conflict to Israel’s 9/11, underlining the perceived necessity for Israel to defend itself.
Future of the Conflict: Two-State Solution Preferred
Despite current divisions, the poll suggests a broader consensus among Californian voters regarding the future of the conflict. The two-state solution, which envisions separate Israeli and Palestinian states, is favored by 47% of those with an opinion.
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What percentage of Gazans support HAMAS?
In recent surveys, it was found that support for Hamas has seen fluctuations in both the West Bank and Gaza. In the West Bank, there has been a significant increase, with 44% expressing support, up from a mere 12% in September. Meanwhile, in Gaza, support for the militants has slightly risen from 38% to 42% over the past three months. According to Shikaki, these numbers reflect dynamic changes in public sentiment. Notably, the Palestinian Authority (PA) witnessed a decline in support, with almost 60% now advocating for its dissolution.
Does Palestine support HAMAS?
Surprisingly, support for Hamas has notably grown among Palestinians in the West Bank. Over the span of three months, from September 2023 to December 2023, backing for the militant group as a political entity has surged almost four-fold, escalating from 12% to 44% in this relatively short period.
What is the two-state solution Israel and Palestine?
Amidst heightened violence between Palestinians and Israelis, there is a renewed call for the two-state solution. Originating from the United Nations’ 1947 partition plan for Mandatory Palestine, the concept envisions the creation of both a Jewish homeland and an Arab state. Despite its historical roots, the realization of this idea has appeared increasingly distant in recent times.
What is the HAMAS ideology?
Hamas espouses Palestinian nationalism within an Islamic framework. Its anti-Israeli stance has garnered widespread support in Palestinian society. Notably, the organization has executed attacks against Israeli civilians, employing methods such as suicide bombings and indiscriminate rocket assaults.
Does Hamas support Sharia?
Yes, Hamas actively enforces restrictions on Gaza’s population based on its interpretation of Islam and Sharia. This includes maintaining a separate judicial system distinct from the Palestinian Authority courts.
What percentage of Palestinians are part of Hamas?
Contrary to the characterization that all Palestinians support Hamas, recent polling data from Gaza (July 2023) reveals that only 11% identify themselves as Hamas supporters. In comparison, 32% express allegiance to Fatah. It is essential to recognize that the 11% figure does not represent the entirety of Palestinian sentiment.