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Majority of registered voters disapprove of Biden's handling of Israel-Palestinian conflict: Poll

The poll showed that 57% of voters were dissatisfied with Biden's approach to the war, while and 33% supported it.

Published: December 19, 2023 1:29pm

Updated: December 19, 2023 1:29pm

A new poll shows a majority of registered voters disapprove of President Joe Biden's handling of the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

The New York Times-Siena College poll published Tuesday found 57% of those surveyed disapprove, while 33% approve.

The polls also found 46% of respondents trust 2024 GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump would "do a better job," compared to 38% for Biden. 

The conflict started when the Palestinian-affiliated militant group Hamas launched a terror attack on Israel on Oct. 7, which resulted in Israel declaring war on Hamas. 

Younger Democrats appear to be more pro-Palestinian that pro-Israel.

In addition, there has been a more general concern about the number of civilian casualties in the war and a push to get hostages in Gaza, where the fighting is occurring, to safety.

Critics of the Biden administration's foreign policy on the matter say the president could do more publicly to get the Israel government to limit casualties, or risk losing international support.

Last week, Biden administration staffers called for a ceasefire in Gaza during a vigil outside of the White House.

The poll surveyed 1,016 registered voters from Dec. 10-14. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3.5%.

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