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Harvard Poll: Young Americans more sympathetic to Palestinians/Hamas than Israel

A recent Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics poll shows more young Americans — ages 18-29 — are sympathetic to the Palestinians and their government than Israel.

A greater percentage of the demographic supports the Palestinian people (56) over the Israelis (52), as well as the Palestinian government (which is the terror group Hamas — 32 percent) over the Israeli government (29).

By a margin of 11 percent more young voters also believe the Israeli response to the October 7 attack by Hamas was not justified. When political party is applied, 30 percent more Democrats think Israel’s response was not warranted, whereas 20 percent more Republicans believe it was.

By a five-to-one margin (51-10 percent), young voters favor a “permanent” ceasefire between Hamas and Israel. Seventeen percent “expressed sympathy” with Hamas, but this dropped to 13 percent after being informed Hamas is an “Islamist militant group.”

Interestingly, as noted by The Crimson, “only 38 percent of young Americans said they followed the news about the ongoing war in Gaza closely, but the figure rises to 45 percent among registered voters.”

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Other poll findings:

— Young Americans favor Joe Biden by eight percent over Donald Trump in November. This figure more than doubles among young “likely” voters. College graduates in the demographic favor Biden by a whopping 47 points.

— While 53 percent of young voters believe there is an “immigration crisis,” 45 percent oppose the building of a wall on the southern border.

— Despite favoring President Biden in this year’s election, just nine percent say the U.S. is “generally headed in the right direction.” The economy is young voters’ biggest concern.

— Sixty-nine percent of young Republicans say their generation is “too soft”; only 28 percent of young Democrats agree.

The poll also found that distrust in various institutions has grown since 2015; distrust in the presidency grew 60 percent, the Supreme Court 55 percent, and the media 18 percent. The only institution in which trust grew was … the United Nations.

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