December 10, 2023

67% of Americans believe Israel should continue military efforts in Gaza until Hamas is defeated and hostages are released. This is according to a HarrisX poll commissioned by the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations (CoP). The survey also found that 80% of Americans believe Israel has a responsibility to protect its citizens and strike back when necessary.

The survey, conducted online from November 11-12 among 1,331 US adults, revealed significant support for Israel’s efforts to combat Hamas and condemnation of the terrorist organization. 82% of respondents expressed support for Israel’s actions, including sending troops into Gaza to free hostages and eliminate the Hamas threat.

Furthermore, the survey showed that 76% of Americans feel a special connection with Israel and believe that the two countries share common values. Additionally, 58% of voters expressed support for a $14 billion aid package under consideration in Congress to provide assistance to Israel during these challenging times.

The survey also revealed that half of the US public is not aware of the recent 4-hour humanitarian ceasefires introduced by Israel, but a large majority support them. Only 47% knew of the ceasefires, while 82% supported them. Additionally, 65% of Americans think that Israel respects the rights of religious and ethnic minorities such as Christians and Arabs.

This survey comes as tens of thousands of Americans from diverse backgrounds join the “March for Israel” at the National Mall on Tuesday. The JFNA president and CEO, Eric D. Fingerhut, highlighted the importance of this event, stating that “The March for Israel will send a message to the world that Americans overwhelmingly support Israel, are ready to stand up against antisemitism, and express support for efforts to free the hostages.” CoP CEO William Daroff emphasized that “People from all across the country are joining our calls to combat antisemitism and support the immediate and safe release of hostages held by Hamas terrorists. That is what the March for Israel is all about.”

The survey was conducted among a nationally representative sample of registered voters and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.