Apr 9, 2024 - Politics & Policy

40% of Latinos support ceasefire in Israel-Hamas war, poll finds

Protesters march outside while a women in the center holds a Spanish-language sign that says "there is no neutrality in genocide." Her sign has a small Palestine flag painted on along with a bloody handprint.

Pro-Palestine supporters rally in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Nov. 12, 2023. Photo: Miguel J. Rodríguez Carrillo/VIEWpress via Getty Images

Forty percent of Latino adults say the U.S. should push for an immediate ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war, per the latest Axios-Ipsos Latino Poll in partnership with Noticias Telemundo.

Why it matters: Latinos are part of a multi-ethnic coalition that President Biden needs to win re-election, and his support of Israel has become a vulnerability.

By the numbers: Just 16% of respondents said the U.S. should continue to support Israel with arms and funds.

  • 39% said the U.S. should not be involved in the conflict.
  • The poll surveyed 1,012 Latino adults between March 22 and March 28.

What they're saying: Colorado state Rep. Tim Hernández, a Democrat who has been advocating for a ceasefire, says the support many Latinos show for Palestinians is driven by "a fundamental opposition to oppression."

  • Hernández adds that many Latinos, especially young ones, are a driving force behind many of the nationwide protests and movements calling for a ceasefire.
  • "I think it's really kind of emblematic of the way that Latinos are really expressing deep solidarity throughout many progressive movements in the U.S. right now."

Zoom in: Graciela I. Sánchez, director of the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center in San Antonio, says her organization has for years supported Palestinian causes.

  • Many Latinos — especially those informed by the political oppression that gave rise to the Chicano/a movement and by civil wars in Central America — "have a perspective that's broader than just what's happening today," Sánchez says.
  • Sánchez adds that the Israel-Hamas war has galvanized Latino youths in a way she'd never seen before.
  • Many Puerto Ricans see the Palestinian cause as a familiar fight against colonialism.

The other side: Many Hispanics — in particular evangelical Christians — have expressed support for Israel.

  • Dozens of Hispanic Christian leaders earlier this year signed a letter in support of Israel in the war.

The big picture: A Gallup poll earlier found that public opinion has shifted since Hamas' Oct. 7 terrorist attacks that sparked the war, with a majority of Americans now disapproving of Israel's military actions in Gaza.

Methodology: This Axios-Ipsos Latino Poll, in partnership with Noticias Telemundo, was conducted March 22-28 by Ipsos' KnowledgePanel®. This poll is based on a nationally representative probability sample of 1,012 Hispanic/Latino adults age 18 or older.

  • The margin of sampling error is ±3.6 percentage points at the 95% confidence level, for results based on the entire sample.

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