President Biden’s STRONG support of Israel right after the Oct. 7 attacks by Hamas has subsided as the Israeli leaders disreagard his pleas for a stop in the misery suffered by Palestians in Gaza….
Images of the Gaza bombing damage has enraged people around the world….
President Biden has ceased pushing support for Israel out loud….
It helps his poll numbers going forward….
Democrats are feeling better about President Biden’s handling of the Israel-Hamas war than they were a month ago, according to a new AP/NORC poll published Thursday.
The big picture: The shift comes as the Biden administration has sought to underscore the need to protect Palestinian civilians in Gaza and after a weeklong pause in fighting that led to the release of dozens of hostages taken by Hamas on Oct. 7.
- The Biden administration has also pressed Israel to maintain the increased levels of humanitarian aid that were being allowed into Gaza during the pause in fighting.
By the numbers: Of those surveyed, about three out of five (59%) Democrats approve of Biden’s handling of the conflict, the new poll found.
- An AP/NORC poll released in early November found only half of Democrats approved of his approach.
- Republicans’ views of Biden’s handling of the conflict have remained consistently low. Fewer than one in five (18%) approved of his handling of the conflict, polls in November and December found.
- Biden’s overall approval rating on the issue inched up slightly in the last month from 34% to 37%, per the poll.
Zoom in: Two out of three Americans said they believe returning the hostagestaken by Hamas is critical, according to the survey….