Democrats split on Israel, poll shows. Can Biden walk tightrope?

Nearly half of Democrats disapprove of how President Joe Biden is handling the Israel-Hamas conflict, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research – showing a deep divide within his party over the war.

The poll found 50% of Democrats approve of how Mr. Biden has navigated the conflict while 46% disapprove – and the two groups diverge substantially in their views of United States support for Israel. Mr. Biden’s support on the issue among Democrats is down from August, when an AP-NORC poll found that 57% of Democrats approved of his handling of the conflict and 40% disapproved.

The Oct. 7 Hamas attack that killed more than 1,400 people and Israel’s responding incursion into Gaza – in which more than 10,000 Palestinians have been killed, according to Gaza’s Health Ministry – have created a political tightrope for Mr. Biden, who has supported Israeli sovereignty since the attack but also pressured Israel’s government to try to limit civilian casualties and allow humanitarian aid into Gaza.