March 2024

Perceptions of Hamas by Adults in the Western Cape

This report investigates the perceptions of adults in the Western Cape towards the Islamic terror group Hamas. It is based on a survey of 815 geographically and demographically representative registered voters in the Western Cape commissioned by the Foundation in March 2024. That survey had a provincial margin of error of 5%.

Question: Which of the following statements would you say best describes Hamas, in your opinion?

Answers: by race


The data suggests that approximately half of the adult population of the Western Cape believe that Hamas is legitimately fighting for the liberation of the Palestinian people, even if opinion is split on the methods employed by Hamas. Roughly a quarter of adults in the Western Cape take the view that Hamas is a violent, extremist organisation fighting to destroy Israel.