Dec 7, 2023 - Politics & Policy

More Democrats approve of Biden's handling of lsrael-Hamas war: poll

oe Biden delivers a statement urging Congress to pass his national security supplemental from the Roosevelt Room at the White House on December 06

President Biden delivers a statement at the White House on Dec. 6. Photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Democrats are feeling better about President Biden's handling of the Israel-Hamas war than they were a month ago, according to a new AP/NORC poll published Thursday.

The big picture: The shift comes as the Biden administration has sought to underscore the need to protect Palestinian civilians in Gaza and after a weeklong pause in fighting that led to the release of dozens of hostages taken by Hamas on Oct. 7.

  • The Biden administration has also pressed Israel to maintain the increased levels of humanitarian aid that were being allowed into Gaza during the pause in fighting.

By the numbers: Of those surveyed, about three out of five (59%) Democrats approve of Biden's handling of the conflict, the new poll found.

  • An AP/NORC poll released in early November found only half of Democrats approved of his approach.
  • Republicans' views of Biden's handling of the conflict have remained consistently low. Fewer than one in five (18%) approved of his handling of the conflict, polls in November and December found.
  • Biden's overall approval rating on the issue inched up slightly in the last month from 34% to 37%, per the poll.

Zoom in: Two out of three Americans said they believe returning the hostages taken by Hamas is critical, according to the survey.

  • However, there was a gulf between Democrats and Republicans when it came to negotiating a permanent ceasefire, providing humanitarian relief to Gaza and providing military aid to Israel.

Methodology: The poll of 1,074 adults was conducted Nov. 30-Dec. 4 and has a margin of error of ±4 percentage points.

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