Bi-partisan poll of registered voters conducted by Public Opinion Strategies and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and commissioned by The Israel Project shows:

  • Two-thirds of Americans blame “Hamas leaders” for the current humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip;
  • A majority of Americans blame the Palestinians for the current conflict in Gaza;
  • Nearly 80% of Americans want to work hard to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons;
  • Despite the ongoing operations in Gaza, Americans stand strong with Israel.

Washington, D.C. - A new bipartisan poll(power point, word document, audio file of conference call) commissioned by The Israel Project (TIP) shows that Americans blame the Palestinians for the current conflict in Gaza (56%-18%). By a wide margin (66%-17%), Americans blame “Hamas leaders who control Gaza” for the current humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip. Nearly half of Americans say they have seen, read or heard “a lot” about the military conflict in the Gaza Strip. Despite the ongoing operations in Gaza, Americans side with Israel over the Palestinians by a 57%-8% margin, virtually unchanged from the pre-Gaza War November 2008 polling (57%-6%).
Said Stanley Greenberg, Ph.D. of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, “Americans accept Israel’s justification for acting in Gaza because they accept Israel’s stated obligation to defend the safety of its citizens and the understanding that no country would allow rockets to fall on its citizens without taking action.”
Within the context of the current conflict in Gaza, fully 73% of registered voters think the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians is about ideology and religion, and the two sides will live in peace only when they acknowledge each other’s right to exist. Only 19% think the conflict is really about land.
Close to two-thirds of Americans know that Israel withdrew all its troops and settlers from Gaza three years ago and are aware that Palestinian terrorists have been regularly shooting rockets into Israel for years.
In response to an open-ended question, 46% of Americans correctly identify Iran as a principal supporter of the military activities of Hamas. Despite the problems America faces at home right now, 79% of voters think we must still work hard to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons. Among possible approaches to deal with Iran, Americans support increased diplomatic pressure (47%), followed by direct negotiations (43%) and increased economic sanctions (39%).
"Even in this time of war, while Americans are being confronted with difficult images and reports from Gaza, they remain supportive of Israel and concerned about the threat of Iran," commented Neil Newhouse of Public Opinion Strategies.
Fully 91% of Americans think getting Palestinians to stop shooting rockets into Israel is important to help bring peace to the Middle East. Americans also think getting Palestinians to stop teaching hate (90%), stopping Iran from arming, funding and training terrorists (87%), and getting Iran to stop its nuclear program (76%) are important conditions to bring peace to the region. Alternatively, to achieve peace a majority of Americans think it is not important for Israel to stop its military incursions into Gaza (53%), to open all borders with Gaza so goods and services can flow freely to Palestinians (55%), or to stop settlement expansion and give up land to the Palestinians (54%). Nearly two-thirds of Americans agree that even with all the problems that we face at home now, we must still work hard to bring peace to the Middle East.
Americans clearly hold different opinions of Israeli and Palestinian leadership. When given phrases to associate with each, 48% say Israeli leaders want peace and are working towards it while only 5% believe the same to be true of the Palestinian leaders. A plurality (55%), hold Palestinian leaders responsible for the violence and 11% blame Israeli leaders. Additionally, 54% think Israeli leaders only want to defend their people, not hurt others, while only 8% say Palestinian leaders want the same. Lastly, close to a majority says Israeli leaders have moral fighters who work to minimize civilian casualties and 7% associate this with Palestinian leaders.
The poll of 800 U.S. Registered Voters was conducted by telephone Jan. 10-12, 2009 for The Israel Project by Neil Newhouse of Public Opinion Strategies and Stan Greenberg of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research. The margin of error is +/- 3.5%.

Poll: US supports Israel in Gaza op

Ipsos poll reveals 44% of Americans blame Hamas for conflict while only 14% blame Israel
Yitzhak Benhorin

WASHINGTON – The American public supports Israel in its military incursion into Gaza, according to a recent poll conducted by Ipsos.


The poll results published Tuesday show that 44% of Americans blame Hamas for the current conflict while only 14% blame Israel. Nine percent said both sides were to blame, and 29% were undecided.
Also, 57% of Americans thought that Hamas had used "excessive" force, whereas 44% thought that Israel had used "appropriate" force.
Regarding a resolution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict, a surprising number of people were opposed to the two-state solution so often voiced by US leaders.
When asked whether the US should support the establishment of a Palestinian state, 45% answered negatively while just 31% answered positively, and 24% were undecided.

Many also doubted that president-elect Barack Obama would be able to bring peace to Israel. Just 10% expressed confidence in Obama's ability to resolve the conflict, while 32% were somewhat confident in his capabilities.
A slight majority – 51% – doubted Obama could implement his famous slogan ('Yes we can') on the Gaza conflict.