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Shock poll: Gen. Z voters want an end to Israel, say calls for genocide do not violate university conduct codes

All other groups supported the Jewish state and wanted Israel to “keep going until Hamas is defeated and the hostages are released”

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December 19, 2023 9:16am

Updated: December 19, 2023 2:13pm

A new poll released by the Harvard Center for American Political Studies suggests that the majority of Generation Z believe both Jewish and White people are “oppressors.”

The poll determined that while all age groups believed the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks on Israeli civilians that left 1,200 dead was “genocidal in nature” by a margin of 73%, 60% of Generation Z voters believed the killings and kidnappings were “justified by the grievances of Palestinians.”

In other age groups, only 27% of those polled agreed with that sentiment.

The shocking revelation, as shown in the results of the monthly Harvard-Harris poll for December focused on which groups in the U.S. favored and opposed support to Israel.

The survey was conducted online Dec. 13-14 among 2,034 registered voters.

Of those surveyed, 51% of registered voters ages 18-24 said the solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict is for the Jewish state to “be ended and given to Hamas and the Palestinians.”

A 60% majority supported a two-state solution, 21% wanted to see the Palestinians absorbed by neighboring Arab states and 19% of wanted to see the Promised Land extinguished completely.

The rising division between young voters in America on the issue has recently covered in many news stories and opinion columns alike as some are questioning the origin of virulent anti-Israeli sentiment.

Some have attributed the political shift to foreign influence, particularly from governments hostile to Israel.

According to a November report from the Network Contagion Research Institute, foreign governments, led by Qatar, made significant contributions in the billions, to universities from 2014-2019.

Of all the people polled, the only age group that wanted Tel Aviv to “cease all hostilities now,” was from 18-24 years old, a position they favored by 57%.

All other groups supported the Jewish state to “keep going until Hamas is defeated and the hostages are released.”

When asked about their support for either Israel or the Hamas terrorist organization, Generation Z voters were split down the middle at 50% each whereas other age groups collectively supported Israel by 81% to 19%.

This, even though 58% of those polled acknowledged that Hamas “would like to commit genocide against the Jews.” A total of 79% of voters overall recognized Hamas as a terrorist organization.

When asked whether Jews were viewed as “oppressors,” 67% said they viewed Jewish people in that light, in sharp contrast to other groups who agreed such antisemitism was a “false ideology.”

The age bracket viewed most White people, similarly. In fact, an even larger amount of those polled from 18-24 believed that “White people are oppressors” and “nonwhite people and people of certain groups have been oppressed,” entitling them to some type of favored status.

Irrespective of their views, 64% of all age groups agreed that “identity politics based on race has come to dominate our elite universities,” and a majority agreed that antisemitism is spreading across college campuses and placing Jewish students at risk.

Nearly three quarters of Generation Z subjects said college calls for the “genocide of Jews” did not violate their conduct codes and 53% said that students calling for the “genocide of Jews” should be free to do so,

That number was in sharp contrast to the overall total of 74% of voters who said students should “face actions for violating university rules” for calls for genocide.

Executive Editor

Gelet Martínez Fragela

Gelet Martínez Fragela is the founder and editor-in-chief of ADN America. She is a Cuban journalist, television producer, and political refugee who also founded ADN Cuba.