White House eyes fight­ing pause in Gaza as pres­sure mounts at home

White House eyes fighting pause in Gaza as pressure mounts at home

Pres­i­dent Joe Biden con­tin­ues to stand behind Israel, a posi­tion that is test­ing his base of sup­port with­in the par­ty as the con­flict enters its sev­enth week.
The lat­est sign of trou­ble emerged over the week­end, as an NBC News poll found that 70% of vot­ers aged 18–34 dis­ap­prove of Biden’s han­dling of the Israel-Hamas war. The White House dis­missed the sig­nif­i­cance of the num­bers.
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“There are going to be a num­ber of polls that are going to be com­ing out, which obvi­ous­ly we respect,” White House press sec­re­tary Jean-Pierre said when asked about the poll. “But what I’ll be very clear about is that we are not going to gov­ern by polls here.”
Even so, Democ­rats are grow­ing wor­ried about sur­veys that show Biden falling behind for­mer Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump. While Biden’s approval rat­ings have been stuck in the low 40s since the August 2021 with­draw­al from Afghanistan, they’ve slipped fur­ther among far-left vot­ers, younger vot­ers, and Mus­lim vot­ers since the Hamas ter­ror­ist attacks on Oct. 7.

A small crowd gath­ered to call for a cease­fire in the Israel-Hamas war, in Tel Aviv, Israe …