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‘Daily Mail’: 56% of likely US voters say Harvard, MIT heads should resign over Jew-hatred policies

Some 65% of respondents said funding should be cut from universities that fail to tackle Jew-hatred.

Claudine Gay (center), the president of Harvard University, testifies during a House committee hearing about antisemitism on campus on Dec. 5, 2023. Credit: House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
Claudine Gay (center), the president of Harvard University, testifies during a House committee hearing about antisemitism on campus on Dec. 5, 2023. Credit: House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

More than half of Americans (56%) say that the presidents of Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology should resign, as the president of University of Pennsylvania did, following their testimony before a House committee that it wouldn’t necessarily violate their school policies to call for genocide against Jews.

That’s per a new Daily Mail poll of 1,000 likely voters. The poll found that 65% said that schools that fail to address Jew-hatred should have their funding stripped, including 37% who strongly agreed with that statement. Just 5% strongly disagreed.

“These findings highlight the gulf between the university elite and the bulk of the public,” said James Johnson, co-founder of J.L. Partners, which conducted the poll.

“To the public it is pretty simple. It doesn’t require a university degree and a fancy title to identify antisemitism and it should not be ignored or underplayed,” he added. “If it is, then America’s view is similarly straightforward: The presidents should go.”

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From left: Claudine Gay (Harvard University president), Elizabeth Magill (University of Pennsylvania president), American University professor Pamela Nadell and Sally Kornbluth (Massachusetts Institute of Technology president) testify during a House committee hearing about antisemitism on campus on Dec. 5, 2023. Credit: House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

The margin for error and details of the poll methodology do not appear to be publicly available.

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