Almost half of young adults say Hamas’s attack on Israel was justified: Poll

Nearly half, 46%, of adults aged 18-24 say Hamas’s Oct. 7, 2023, surprise attack that killed more than 1,200 Israelis can be justified, a poll released Monday shows. Three-quarters of all respondents said the attack was not justified.

The Harvard CAPS-Harris poll asked voters of various age groups about their stances on the conflict in Gaza, and the findings show that the younger age groups overwhelmingly sympathize with Hamas compared to the older age groups.

Forty-three percent of young adults support Hamas in the conflict with Israel, compared to just 20% across all age groups. Ninety-three percent of voters aged 65 and older support Israel by comparison.

The majority of voters aged 18-24, 57%, and half of voters aged 25-34 believe Israel is committing genocide against Palestinians in Gaza, while 66% of voters among all
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