CNN’s senior data reporter Harry Enten was stunned Monday at a new poll showing a stark divide within Democratic voters over President Joe Biden’s handling of the Israel-Hamas war.
“Look at this divide! These numbers are bonkers, frankly,” Enten said. “If we look amongst those 18 to 34, these are Democrats, keep in mind, just 24% of Democrats under the age of 35 approve of his job performance on this war. Compare this to Democrats over the age, 65 and older. Look at that, 77% approve. I’ve never seen an age gap quite like anything like this in politics!” (RELATED: Americans Are Breaking With Biden’s Handling Of Israel-Hamas War: POLL)
“And this goes even fundamentally deeper. Sympathies in the Middle East conflict, again, Democratic voters that we’re looking at here, look at this. Voters under the age of 35, just 16% say their sympathies lie more with the Israelis. The overwhelming majority, a super majority of those under the age of 35, again, amongst Democrats, 74% say their sympathies lie more with the Palestinians. You jump up to those 65 and older, very different. 45% say the Israelis versus just 25% say the Palestinians. A very big age divide.”
The poll also found 40% of those under the age of 35 believe it is in the U.S.’s national interest to continue supporting Israel while 52% said no. Eighty-seven percent of voters over the age of 65 believe it is in the U.S.’s national interest to continue supporting Israel with just seven percent saying the U.S. should not. Enten then broke down the wider divide when it comes to supporting Israel financially in its war against Hamas, with just 21% of Democrats under the age of 35 supporting financial aid compared to 53% of those 65 and older supporting it.
Seventy-seven percent of those under the age of 35 do not support giving more military aid Israel, the poll found.
“Guys, I know I’ve used crazy words in this segment but frankly, I’ve just never seen anything like this. Again, this is amongst Democrats within his own party,” Enten said.
The poll was conducted via telephone amongst 1,743 adults 18 and older with a +/-2.4 percentage point margin of error.