American Public Opinion Polls:
On Israeli Operations "Cast Lead" and "Pillar of Defense"

(2009 - 2012)


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OPERATION "PILLAR OF DEFENSE"

Was Israel justified or unjustified in taking military action against Hamas and the Palestinians in Gaza?
      
(CNN/ORC International, November 16-18, 2012)

 
Men
Women
White
Non-White
Total
Justified
64%
51%
64%
40%
57%
Not Justified
21%
28%
20%
35%
25%
No Opinion
15%
22%
16%
24%
19%

 


OPERATION "CAST LEAD"

Who do you blame more for the conflict in the Gaza Strip?
       (The Israel Project National Survey, January 10-12, 2009)

Strongly Israel
8%
Not-So-Strongly - Israel
9%
Not-So-Strongly - Palestinians
17%
Strongly - Palestinians
39%

Who do you blame more for the current humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip?
 
      (The Israel Project National Survey, January 10-12, 2009)

Israel
17%
Hamas
66%
Don't Know
13%
No Opinion
4%

Who is most responsible for the outbreak of violence?
       (Pew Research Center, January 7-11, 2009)

Israel
12%
Hamas
41%
Both
5%
Other
7%
Don't Know
37%

Do you approve or disapprove of Israeli actions in Gaza?
        (Pew Research Center, January 7-11, 2009)

Approve
40%
Disapprove
33%
Don't Know
27%

Israel has...*  (Pew Research Center, January 7-11, 2009)

Gone too far
24%
Not gone far enough
7%
Responded about right
50%
DK
19%

*Not exact questions wording.

The U.S. should be ...*  (Pew Research Center, January 7-11, 2009)

More involved
17%
Less involved
27%
As involved as it is
48%
DK
8%

*Not exact questions wording.

What should U.S. do?*  (Pew Research Center, January 7-11, 2009)

Publicly support Israel
39%
Say or do nothing
38%
Publicly criticize Israel
9%
DK
14%

*Not exact questions wording.

Thinking about the current fighting in the Middle East, do you think Barack Obama should announce a firm public position on the conflict now, or wait until he takes office on January 20th to take a firm public position on the issue? (Gallup, January 6-7, 2009)

Should announce position now
19%
Should wait to announce position
75%
No opinion
6%

Thinking about the current fighting between the Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza, do you think the Bush administration should be doing more, is doing the right amount, or should be doing less to help resolve the conflict? (Gallup, January 6-7, 2009)

Should be doing more
33%
Doing the right amount
30%
Should be doing less
22%
No opinion
16%

As you may know, violence has recently erupted in the Middle East in the Gaza Strip and Israel. Based on what you have seen, read or heard, do you think that the use of force by Israel/Hamas has been excessive or is appropriate given the circumstances? (McClatchy / Ipsos, January, 6, 2009)

 
Hamas
Israel
Excessive
57%
36%
Appropriate
18%
44%
(DK/NS)
25%
20%

Do you personally make a distinction between Hamas and the Palestinian people, or not?(McClatchy / Ipsos, January, 6, 2009)

Make a distinction
37%
Do Not Make a distinction
53%
(DK/NS)
10%

And regardless of your personal feelings, who do you believe is more to blame for the current conflict?(McClatchy / Ipsos, January, 6, 2009)

Israel
14%
Hamas
44%
(DK/NS)
29%
Both
9%
Neither
4%

Now, do you think the United States should or should not favor creating a Palestinian state?(McClatchy / Ipsos, January, 6, 2009)

Should favor
31%
Should not favor
45%
(DK/NS)
24%

Who is more to blame for the current situation…..Israel or the Palestinians? (Rasmussen Reports, December 30, 2008)

Israel
13%
The Palestinians
55%
Not sure
32%

Should Israel have taken military action against the Palestinians or should it have tried to find a diplomatic solution? (Rasmussen Reports, December 30, 2008)

Taken military action
44%
Tried to find a diplomatic solution
41%
Not sure
15%

How likely is it that this latest violence in the Gaza Strip will escalate into a more widespread war between Israel and the Arabs in the Middle East? (Rasmussen Reports, December 30, 2008)

Very likely
30%
Somewhat likely
36%
Not very likely
19%
Not at all likely
3%
Not sure
11%

How likely is it that the latest military action by Israel will create more terrorism against the United States? (Rasmussen Reports, December 30, 2008)

Very likely
17%
Somewhat likely
34%
Not very likely
27%
Not at all likely
9%
Not sure
12%

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