A majority of American school college students blame Hamas for the Oct. 7 assault on Israel, and two-thirds describe the assault as an act of terrorism by Hamas, in line with a Technology Lab ballot of two- and four-year school college students.
The findings come as debates over the assault — which killed greater than 1,400 in Israel, and which prompted by an Israeli response killing greater than 2,800 in Gaza — have roiled school campuses throughout the county, with some college students garnering nationwide consideration for blaming Israel’s therapy of Palestinians for the assault.
The ballot finds 86% of faculty college students saying they’re conscious of the Oct. 7 assault on Israel. And of that share, 67% describe the assault as an act of terrorism by Hamas, versus 12% who see it as a justified act of resistance by Hamas. One other 21% describe it as one thing else aside from an act of terrorism or resistance.
Greater than half, 52%, of the school college students who say they’re conscious of the Oct. 7 assault blame it on Hamas. One other 11% blame it on Israel, 12% blame it on different Center Japanese governments and one other 25% blame it on another person.
However respondents who’re Democrats or who’re college students of shade are much less more likely to blame Hamas for the assault than Republicans and white college students are.
By occasion, 73% of Republicans, 50% of Democrats and 50% of independents say they blame Hamas for the assault on Israel.
And by race, 58% of white school college students, 47% of Latinos and 36% of Black school college students consider Hamas deserves blame for the assault.
The Technology Lab ballot was carried out Oct. 11-16 of 978 two- and four-year school college students, and the survey has an total margin of error of plus-or-minus 3 proportion factors. Among the many 833 respondents who say they’re conscious of the assault, the margin of error is plus-or-minus 3.4 proportion factors.