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Israeli Public Opinion Polls: Opinions On Fighting with Hamas

What, in your opinion, are the chances that in the coming year a war will break out between Israel and Hamas in Gaza?
(The Peace Index, June 2017)

 

Israeli Jews 

Israeli Arabs 

General Public 

Very low chances

6.3%

17.5%

8.2%

Moderately low chances

29.5%

15.0%

27.0%

Moderately high chances

40.4%

33.2%

39.2%

Very high chances

15.4%

26.0%

17.2%

Don't know/decline to answer

8.4%

8.3%

8.3%

Would you be in support of a unilateral or bilateral cease-fire at this time? (The Jerusalem Post, July 29, 2014)

   
Would support a unilateral cease-fire

20%

Would support a bilateral cease-fire

33%

In your opinion, has Israel used an excessive amount of force against Hamas during Operation Protective Edge? (The Jerusalem Post, July 29, 2014)

   
Israel has used an excessive amount of force

<4%

Israel has used the appropriate amount of force

96%

In your opinion, should Israel launch an extensive ground operation today in Gaza in light of the rocket fire from Gaza to Israel? (Interdisciplinary Research and Consulting Institute Ltd, July 8th, 2014)

   
Yes

48%

No

41%

Don't Know and Other

11%

Do you believe that the fighting between Israel and Palestinian groups in Gaza... (PIPA, November 26, 2012)

 

All Israelis

Israeli Jews

will end for good only when there is a political final status agreement with the Palestinians

29%

27%

will end only through a major Israeli military campaign

15%

15%

will end only if Israel reoccupies Gaza

12%

13%

will not end

40%

42%

don't know/refused

4%

--

Regarding what is happening these days, do you think Israel is better or worse off than before the escalation in the Gaza Strip front? (PIPA, November 26, 2012)

 

All Israelis

Israeli Jews

better

36%

38%

worse

21%

16%

the same

38%

42%

don't know/refused

5%

--

Who, in your opinion, won the combat in the Gaza Strip? (PIPA, November 26, 2012)

 

All Israelis

Israeli Jews

Israel

40%

44%

Hamas

11%

10%

Neither

45%

44%

don't know/refused

5%

--

Do you support signing a ceasefire with Hamas? (Channel 2, November 21, 2012)

Yes

24%

No

70%

Don't know

6%

How long do you believe the ceasefire will hold? (Channel 2, November 21, 2012)

A short while

64%

Won't last long

24%

For a long time

7%

Did Operation Pillar of Defense reinstate Israel's deterrence? (Channel 2, November 21, 2012)

It has been strengthened

58%

It was weakened

15%

It hasn't changed

26%

Should Israel launch a military operation in Gaza? (New Wave for Yisrael Hayom, November 1, 2011)

Yes

56.9%

No

28.7%

Don't know

14.4%

 

Do you think the recent military operation of Israel in Gaza was stopped by Israel too early, too late, or in the right time? (Truman Research Institute/PCPSR, March 1-7, 2009)

Too early

66%

Too late

15%

In the right time

16%

 

Given the outcome of the Israeli operation in Gaza, do you believe Palestinians are better off, worse off, or about the same as they were before the operation? (Truman Research Institute/PCPSR, March 1-7, 2009)

Better off

16%

Worse off

58%

About the same

22%

 

In the aftermath of the Israeli operation in Gaza, what do you expect will happen between the two sides? (Truman Research Institute/PCPSR, March 1-7, 2009)

They will return to negotiations and armed confrontations will stop

7%

They will return to negotiations but some armed confrontations will continue

51%

Thew will not return to negotiations and armed confrontations will not stop

40%

 

On a scale of 1 (very disappointed) to 5 (very satisfied), how would you rate your feelings of the results of Operation Cast Lead? (The Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Peace Index - February 2009)

1- Very disappointed

20.1%

2

13.0%

3

28.8%

4

18.7%

5- Very satisfied

15.4%

No opinion/I don't know

4.0%

 

Which of the following statements do you agree with most regarding your opinion of Operation Cast Lead? (The Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Peace Index - February 2009)

Israel should have continued the operation until Hamas surrendered rather than give in to the international pressure to stop the fighting

56.2%

The operation ended at the right time based on the circumstances

21.7%

The operation should have ended earlier, after the air operations

15.1%

No opinion/I don't know

7.0%

 

Do you support or oppose a deal in which, in return for Gilad Shalit's release, Israel would free hundreds and possibly even more Palestinian prisoners, including many with "blood on their hands"? (The Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Peace Index - February 2009)

Support such a deal

71.2%

Oppose such deal

21.7%

No opinion/I don't know

7.0%

 

If and when there are negotiations of a ceasefire with Hamas, how should Israel handle the Gilad Shalit issue? (Independent Media Review & Analysis, Tel Aviv University; January 2, 2009; January 4-6, 2009; The Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Peace Index - February 2009)

 

January 2, 2009

January 4-6, 2009

February 17-19, 2009

Agree to ceasefire in any event

17.2%

17.5%

14.9%

Agree to ceasefire only with release of Gilad Shalit as a precondition

77.3%

76.5%

77.4%

I don't know/No answer

5.5%

6.0%

7.7%

 

Do you support or oppose Israel demanding the release of Gilad Shalit as a precondition for a ceasefire? (The Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Peace Index - February 2009)

Support negotiations

45.2%

Oppose negotiations

50.7%

No opinion/I don't know

4.2%

 

Do you think Israel should or should not negotiate with Hamas? (The Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Peace Index - February 2009)

Support negotiations

45.2%

Oppose negotiations

50.7%

No opinion/I don't know

4.2%

 

Do generally support or oppose IDF Operation Cast Lead? (Independent Media Review & Analysis, Tel Aviv University, TNS Polling; January 2, 2009; January 4-6, 2009; January 9, 2009)

 

January 2, 2009

January 4-6, 2009

January 9, 2009

Support

93.1%

94.2%

91.4%

Oppose

3.9%

3.2%

3.8%

I don't know/No answer

3%

2.6%

4.8%

 

What do you think are the chances that IDF Operation Cast Lead will achieve all of its objectives? (Tel Aviv University, January 4-6, 2009)

Very low chance

6%

Fairly low chance

14.7%

Fairly high chance

51.7%

Very high chance

18.5%

I don't know/No answer

9.1%

 

Do you think the air force attacks in Gaza are justified or not justified in light of the destruction of infrastructure and suffering of the civilian population in the Gaza Strip that they are causing? (Tel Aviv University, January 4-6, 2009)

Justified

91.7%

Not justified

6%

I don't know/No answer

2.4%

 

Does IDF Operation Cast Lead benefit or harm Israel from a security perspective? (Tel Aviv University, January 4-6, 2009)

Benefit

91.6%

Harm

4%

I don't know/No answer

4.4%

 

On a scale of 1 to 5, how confident are you in each of the following in their leadership role during IDF Operation Cast Lead? (Tel Aviv University, January 4-6, 2009)

 

Ehud Olmert

Ehud Barak

Tzipi Livni

Binyamin Netanyahu

Shimon Peres

Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi

1- No confidence

18.7%

9.9%

13.1%

15.5%

11.1%

2.8%

2

8.3%

5.4%

7%

6%

5%

1.6%

3- Medium confidence

25%

19.9%

23.1%

19.3%

14.7%

6%

4

16.9%

20.7%

20.1%

16.7%

15.1%

10.3%

5- Full confidence

27%

41.4%

33%

36.4%

47.7%

74.8%

I don't know/No answer

4%

2.8%

3.8%

6.2%

6.4%

4.6%

 

Should the IDF continue the battle in Gaza or has the time come for a ceasefire? (Independent Media Review & Analysis; December 30, 2008; January 6, 2009)

 

December 30, 2008

January 6, 2009

Continue

81%

70%

Ceasefire

10%

20%

Other replies

9%

10%

 

After five days of battle against Hamas, what do you think Israel should do now? (Independent Media Review & Analysis; January 2, 2009)

Air operation only

39.6%

Ground operation

41.8%

Ceasefire now

9.3%

 

Is Prime Minister Ehud Olmert handling the war in Gaza today better or worse than he managed the Second Lebanon War? (Independent Media Review & Analysis; December 31, 2008)

Better

64%

Worse

7%

No significant difference

9%

Don't know/other replies

20%

 

Do you support a military operation in the Gaza Strip? (Midgam; December 24, 2008)

Support

60%

Oppose

23%

Don't know/other replies

17%

 

Do you support a ground operation in the Gaza Strip that may cause losses among IDF soldiers? (Dialogue, Ha'aretz; December 23, 2008)

Support

40%

Do not support

46%

Don't know/other replies

14%