In a recent poll conducted by Rasmussen Reports, it has become evident that a significant majority of likely U.S. voters staunchly oppose the idea of a ceasefire with the Palestinian terror group Hamas in the Gaza Strip. The findings shed light on the unwavering support for Israel’s security among American citizens.

From Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, a total of 995 respondents participated in the survey, with a 3% margin of error and a 95% level of confidence. 

The central question posed to these respondents was straightforward: “Benjamin Netanyahu is Prime Minister of Israel. In a speech this week, Netanyahu said: ‘Calls for a ceasefire are calls for Israel to surrender to Hamas, to surrender to terrorism, to surrender to barbarism. That will not happen.’ Do you agree or disagree?”

The results were unequivocal, with 68% of those polled expressing their agreement. A resounding 49% “strongly agreed,” while an additional 19% “somewhat agreed.” Only a minority, 21%, voiced their disagreement, with 11% “somewhat disagreeing” and 10% “strongly disagreeing.” A further 10% remained “undecided.”

The poll’s timing is crucial, as it coincides with the Biden administration’s calls for a “pause” in the ongoing conflict and efforts by left-wing members of Congress to demand an immediate “ceasefire.” Israel, on the other hand, has made its stance clear, stating that it will not yield to calls for any pause unless the over 200 hostages taken by Hamas on Oct. 7 are safely released.

Additional insights from the poll revealed that 59% of likely voters expressed their support for Israel, in stark contrast to the 18% who favored the Palestinians. What’s particularly noteworthy is that this support transcends political lines, as every demographic group, including Democrats, overwhelmingly backed Israel even though Republicans are generally more sympathetic to Israel. Even among Democrats, black voters, and self-identified liberal voters, support for Israel remained strong, reaching 48%.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also emerged from the poll with a solid approval rating, standing at 54%, while only 31% held an unfavorable view of him. Notably, Netanyahu’s favorability outshone his unfavorable ratings, except among liberal voters and those who strongly approve of President Joe Biden. Among self-described moderate voters, his favorability and unfavorability ratings were evenly split.

Interestingly, the poll highlighted a generational divide, with voters under the age of 40 being three times more likely to sympathize with the Palestinians, although overall sympathy for Israel still prevailed.