Poll: Who do Americans Blame for the Israel-Hamas Conflict?

By: CBS News
By: CBS News
A new CBS News poll also asked how Americans feel Obama is handling the situation. After four weeks of conflict, more Americans blame Hamas than Israel for the recent fighting that has erupted

( AP Photo / Khalil Hamra )

Aug. 6, 2014

CBS News - After four weeks of conflict, more Americans blame Hamas than Israel for the recent fighting that has erupted, according to a new CBS News poll. Thirty-four percent think Hamas is most to blame, while just 6 percent lay most of the blame on Israel. However, nearly half - 47 percent - think both sides are equally to blame.

Most Republicans (54 percent) lay the blame on Hamas, compared to only 24 percent of Democrats and 32 percent of independents. Fifty-five percent of Democrats and 48 percent of independents blame both sides equally, compared to only 35 percent of Republicans.

Americans are critical of how President Obama has been responding to this conflict. Fifty percent of Americans disapprove of how the president is handling the situation between Israel and the Palestinians, while just 33 percent approve. Most Democrats (56 percent) approve of how the Mr. Obama is handling the situation, and most Republicans (71 percent) and independents (53 percent) disapprove.

Overall, Mr. Obama continues to receive a negative job approval rating. Forty-one percent of Americans approve of the job Mr. Obama is doing as president while 50 percent disapprove, numbers that have changed little since earlier in the year.

This poll was conducted by telephone from July 29 - August 4 among 1,344 adults nationwide and has a margin of error of +/- 3 percent. Data collection was conducted on behalf of CBS News by SSRS of Media, PA. Phone numbers were dialed from samples of both standard land-line and cell phones.

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