Northern Ireland

Poll finds majority of Irish people believe Israel's response to Hamas attack 'disproportionately severe'

The poll found overwhelming support for an immediate ceasefire in the Middle East. Picture by AP Photo/Hatem Ali
The poll found overwhelming support for an immediate ceasefire in the Middle East. Picture by AP Photo/Hatem Ali The poll found overwhelming support for an immediate ceasefire in the Middle East. Picture by AP Photo/Hatem Ali

Israel’s response to the Hamas attack has been "disproportionately severe", according to a new opinion poll in the Republic.

The survey, carried out following the October 7 attack, also reveals that an overwhelming majority of people questioned believe there should be an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza/Israeli conflict.

The Sunday Independent/Ireland Thinks opinion poll is the first assessment of public opinion in the Republic since the devastating attack last month.

The poll suggests that 71% believe Israel's response to the Hamas attack has been "disproportionately severe".

It also found that 10% said it is about right and 5% believed it has not been proportionate enough.

It also found that 65% of those questioned said they believe Hamas should be officially proscribed as a terrorist organisation by Ireland.

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The survey also found that 84% want an immediate ceasefire, while 12% said not until Hamas is defeated.

There is also just a slim majority (51%) who support the Irish government's response to the conflict.

The poll also suggests that of those surveyed, 66% said they believed President Michael D Higgins was entitled to his comments about the war.

It came after criticism by Israeli ambassador Dana Erlich, who described his remarks about the conflict as "inflammatory".

However, 10% said President Higgins was wrong and should not be getting involved in foreign policy.