A poll conducted by Harvard CAPS Harris October 18-19 found a majority of young adults believe the attacks by Hamas were “justified.”

“Do you think the Hamas killing of 1200 Israeli civilians on Israel can be justified by the grievances of Palestinians or is it not justified?” the survey asked.


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The vast majority of older Americans answered the terrorist attacks were not justified. 91 percent of those 65 and older said “not justified,” while just 9 percent thought Hamas was right. “Not justified” dropped only marginally among those aged 55-64, 89 percent to 11 percent.

As respondents grew younger, so did the sympathy for the Hamas attacks, to the point where a majority young adults aged 18-24 — 51 percent — thought the Hamas attacks were “justified.”

Perhaps more disturbing, 62 percent of 18-24 responds considered the attacks “genocidal.”

Young people continued their pro-Hamas tendencies in other answers.


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A majority of those aged 18-24 thought Israel should end its offensive against Hamas, versus eliminate the terrorist group, 52 percent to 48 percent.

A large majority of that same age group thought it was “wrong” for Israel to cut off water and power to Gaza until its hostages are returned. 41 percent said it was right to take that action. Conversely, 60 percent or higher of the age groups over 45 thought it was the right action, just 40 percent said it was “wrong.”

Eighty-two percent of those 65 and over thought Israel should “eliminate” Hamas.

The poll was conducted of 2,116 registered voters October 18-19. The margin of error is +/- 2 percent.