As fighting continues to rage in Israel and Gaza, a new CNN/ORC poll out Monday shows that a solid majority of Americans say the military actions taken by Israel in Gaza are justified.
When asked whether Israel was justified or not in “taking military action against Hamas and the Palestinians in the area known as Gaza,” 57 percent of respondents agreed, according to the poll, while 25 percent did not. Nineteen percent had no opinion.
That number narrows among 18-34 year olds, with that contingent agreeing that the attacks are justified by a 45 percent to 36 percent margin. Democrats also agreed by smaller margins, with 41 percent seeing the attacks as justified and 36 percent disagreeing. On the flip side, Republicans said the military actions were justified by a 74 percent to 12 percent margin. Independents said the attacks were justified by a 59 percent to 23 percent split.
The poll tracks with Americans’ overall opinion of the situation in the region, with 59 percent of Americans saying their sympathies lie with Israelis, while 13 percent say their sympathies lie with the Palestinians, according to the poll.
The poll of 1,023 adult Americans was conducted by telephone on Nov. 16-18. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.