During Israel's attack on Gaza in the summer of 2014, which Clinton supported, a CNN poll found that 42 percent of Democrats thought Israel's actions were unjustified. Similarly, a Gallup poll found that 18 to 29-year olds said by a two-to-one margin (51 percent vs. 25 percent) that Israel's actions in Gaza were unjustified.The same poll found sharp divides in support for Israel's assault along race and gender lines as well. Regarding the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for Palestinian rights, which Clinton has pledged to fight against, a December 2014 pollfound 39 percent of all Americans support imposing sanctions on Israel over settlement construction.
The disconnect between the public statements and policies of top Democratic leaders like Clinton and President Obama and grassroots Democratic voters was illustrated vividly during the 2012 Democratic National Convention, when, at President Obama's behest, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa forced through an amendment to the party platform describing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Live, on national TV, a clear majority of the attendees of the Convention booed as Villaraigosa claimed the voice vote passed. Unless the Democratic leadership evolves to meet the realities of the times and the views of Democratic voters, more awkward moments like this can be expected in the future.