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American Public Opinion Polls: Views on Palestinian Statehood

(Updated March 2017)

In the Middle East there should be... (Harvard-Harris, March 2017)

One Israeli state with some areas supervised by Palestinians

26%

Two independent states, Israel and Palestine

74%

Do you support or oppose the establishment of an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank & Gaza? (Gallup, February 2017)

Support

45%

Oppose

42%

Not sure

13%

Can a way be found for Israel and an Independent Palestinian state to coexist peacefully, or not? (Pew, May 2016)

Yes

50%

No

42%

Not sure

8%

 

As you may know, there have been suggestions that the UN Security Council should endorse the establishment of a Palestinian state. This idea has received some support in Europe, but opposition in Israel. If the UN Security Council considers such a plan, what do you think the US should do as a member of the UN Security Council? (Note: this survey contains an oversample of self-identified Evangelical Christians) (University of Maryland, December 2015)

 

 

Republican

Independent

Democrat

Total

Vote in favor of a Palestinian state

18%

15%

39%

27%

Vote against a Palestinian state, including using America's veto power

43%

13%

15%

26%

Abstain from voting

37%

65%

42%

43%

Don't know/refuse to answer

3%

7%

4%

4%


Do you favor or oppose the establishment of an independent Palestinian state? (The Chicago Council, November 2015)

Party affiliation

Favor

Oppose

Republican

46%

54%

Democrat

67%

33%

Independent

60%

40%

 


Do you favor or oppose the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip? (The Chicago Council, November 2015)

 

Party affiliation

Favor

Oppose

Republican

29%

71%

Democrat

61%

39%

Independent

42%

58%

 


If the Palestinians proceed with their statehood bid plan at the UN, what should the US do as a member of the UN Security Council? (The Brookings Institution, December 2014)

 

Abstain from voting

45%

Vote against the establishment of a Palestinian state (use America's Security Council veto)

27%

Vote in favor of the establishment of a Palestinian state

25%

Refused to answer

3%

 

“Do you Support or Oppose the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the West Bank and Gaza Strip?”

 

Month

Year

Pollster

Support

Oppose

Contextual Timeline

February

2016

Gallup

44%

37%

U.S. Presidential Election

September

2015

AJC

52%

46%

 

February

2015

Gallup

42%

38%

Operation Protective Edge

February

2014

Gallup

46%

36%

February

2013

Gallup

44%

37%

Israeli Elections

Febraury

2012

Gallup

51%

37%

 

October

2011

Quinnipiac/Israel Project

44%

35%

Shalit Exchange Deal

June

2011

Quinnipiac/Israel Project

45%

30%

 

May

2009

Gallup

51%

29%

Netanyahu Assumes Office

January

2009

McClatchy/Ipsos

31%

45%

Operation Cast Lead

January

2007

POS

62%

20%

 

May

2003

Gallup

58%

22%

May

2002

Gallup

48%

27%

Operation Defensive Shield

April

2002

Zogby International

72%

14%

April

2002

Wall Street Journal/NBC News

46%

7%

March

2002

Newsweek

39%

44%

December

2001

Newsweek

40%

39%

 

November

2001

Newsweek

33%

39%

October

2001

CBS/New York Times

38%

29%

Start of Second Intifada

October

2001

Newsweek

33%

35%

July

2000

Gallup

40%

24%

Withdrawal from Lebanon

May

1999

Gallup

53%

26%

 

February

1998

Gallup

36%

26%

June

1996

Newsweek

35%

39%

Signing of Oslo Accords

February

1994

Gallup

39%

20%

September

1991

American Voters

53%

21%

 

September

1991

Arab American Institute

53%

21%

February

1991

Marttila & Kiley

58%

20%

June

1990

CBS/New York Times

47%

25%

September

1989

Anti-Defamation League

25%

63%

September

1989

Marttila & Kiley

50%

37%

July

1988

Los Angeles Times

40%

24%

Start of Frst Intifada

April

1988

American Jewish Committee

42%

43%

January

1988

YCS

22%

42%

 


Which of these two statements is closest to your own view? (ADL, October 23, 2011)

 

2007

2009

2011

"The peace process will be strengthened by the creation of a Palestinian state as soon as possible."

26%

23%

22%

"A Palestinian state must not be established until Palestinians demonstrate a commitment to end violence and accept Israel's legitimacy."

52%

56%

58%

Which statement is closest to your own view? (ADL, October 23, 2011)

"Because of the stalemate in the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, the UN should vote to make Palestine an independent state."

28%

"Direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians are the only appropriate way to create a Palestinian state."

52%

Do you think that if the Palestinians were given their own state in the West Bank and Gaza they would live peacefully with Israel or continue their campaign of terror to destroy Israel? (Independent Media Review Analysis, September 2011)

Live peacefully

14.6%

Continue terror

74.2%

(DK/refused)

11.2%

What is your opinion on establishing a Palestinian state now? (POS, January 2007)

Create Palestinian state now 25%
There should not be a Palestinian state until Palestinian leaders end the terror and recognize Israel's right to exist 60%

Which of the following statements is closest to your own view? (ADL)

 

2003

2005

Palestinians deserve their own homeland -- an independent state. Peace in the Middle East will be strengthened by the creation of this state as soon as possible.

45%

31%

A Palestinian state should only be established after Palestinians end the terrorist violence and accept Israel's legitimacy.

38%

59%

Do you agree or disagree that Israelis and Palestinians are equal people entitled to equal rights? (Zogby International, April 2-4, 2002)

Agree 93%
Disagree 5%
NS 3%

Do you see U.S. endorsement of a Palestinian state as making peace in the Middle East more likely or less likely - or not making much difference either way? (Newsweek)

  More likely Less likely Make no difference No Opinion
Dec. 2001 33% 17% 42% 8%
Oct. 2001 27% 19% 47% 7%

Do you think the United States should or should not recognize Palestine as an independent nation? (ABC News, Oct. 8-9, 2001)

Should 55%
Should not 28%
No Opinion 17%

I'd like to find out what you think the impact of the United States endorsing the idea of a Palestinian state would be. First, do you think this would help the United States' effort to build a coalition to fight terrorism, hurt the U.S. effort, or would it not make any difference? (Newsweek, Oct. 4-5, 2001)

Help fight against terrorism 35%
Hurt fight against terrorism 11%
Make no difference 43%
Don't know 11%

Next, do you think this would help Israel, hurt Israel or would it not make any difference? (Newsweek, Oct. 4-5, 2001)

Help Israel 24%
Hurt Israel 29%
Make no difference 34%
Don't know 13%

Next, do you think this would help the Palestinian people, hurt them or would it not make any difference? (Newsweek, Oct. 4-5, 2001)

Help the Palestinian people 38%
Hurt the Palestinian people 19%
Make no difference 32%
Don't know 11%

President Bush has said that there ought to be a Palestinian state, provided that it recognizes the right of Israel to exist. Do you support or do you oppose this position? (Program on International Policy Attitudes, November 1-4, 2001)

Support 76.8%
Oppose 12.7%
Don't know/Refused 10.4%

The Palestinians had their land taken away from them unfairly when Israel was created. Now they deserve a fair deal, including a sovereign state of their own that can exist alongside Israel. Do you strongly agree with this statement, somewhat agree, somewhat disagree or strongly disagree with this statement? (Penn, Schoen & Berland Inc., and First International Resources Inc., January 25 and February 17, 2001)

  General 
Public
Elites American Jews    Influential Americans
Strongly agree   

32%   

28%

19%

0%

Somewhat agree 

37%   

45%

29%

0%

Somewhat disagree 

11%   

11%

15%

0%

Strongly disagree  

14%  

10% 

33%

0%

Don't know  

7%   

6%

4%

0%

Do you think the United States has a moral responsibility to help establish a homeland for the Palestinian people, or not? (Time/CNN 5/8/91)

  May 1991 April 1991
Yes 35% 34%
No 53% 55%
Not sure 12% 11%

The Impact Of A Palestinian State:

  Increase Conflict Create Peace
ADL 9/89 41 46 ?
M&K 4/88 44 46

More Americans are unsure whether a Palestinian state would threaten Israel's security or not. (ADL, 1988)

  Jan. May
A threat 47 41
Not a threat 33 26
Don't know 20 33

Do you support the concept of land for peace? [not exact wording]

  Yes No
Arab American Institute 9/91 50 27