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Israeli Public Opinion Polls:
Opinion on Settlements and Outposts

(2009 - Present)


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As far as you know, how many Jews now live in the West Bank/Judea and Samaria (not counting the neighborhoods of expanded Jerusalem such as Gilo or Pisgat Ze’ev)?
             (Peace Index, June 2016)

 
Israeli Jews
Israeli Arabs
General Public
100,000-250,000
27%
17%
25.4%
250,000-500,000
29.9%
39%
31.4%
500,000-750,000
12.9%
11.5%
12.7%
750,000-1,000,000
3.1%
5.5%
3.5%
Don't know
27%
27.1%
27%

As far as you know, how many Palestinians now live in the West Bank/Judea and Samaria (not counting East Jerusalem)?
             (Peace Index, June 2016)

 
Israeli Jews
Israeli Arabs
General Public
500,000-1,000,000
23.8%
10.6%
21.6%
1,000,000-2,000,000
35.9%
35.2%
35.8%
2,000,000-3,000,000
10.1%
17.2%
11.3%
>3,000,000
3%
18.5%
5.5%
Don't know
27.2%
18.4%
25.8%

Last week the residents of Britain voted in a referendum on whether to remain in or leave the European Union. They decided to leave. If a referendum were to be held in Israel today on whether, in principle, it is desirable to remain, as at present, in the West Bank/Judea and Samaria or to leave it, how would you vote?
             (Peace Index, June 2016)

 
Israeli Jews
Israeli Arabs
General Public
In favor of leaving the West Bank/Judea and Samaria
35.8%
69.2%
41.3%
Against
52.4%
23.7%
47.6%
Don't know
11.8%
7.2%
11.1%

Sometime after the Six Day War the settlement enterprise began to develop. In your opinion, from a perspective of 50 years later, has the settlement enterprise contributed to or damaged Israel’s national interest?
             (Peace Index, June 2016)

 
Israeli Jews
Israeli Arabs
General Public
I'm sure it has damaged it
11.3%
42.9%
16.6%
I think it has damaged it
28%
10.9%
25.2%
I think it has contributed to it
24.6%
16.2%
23.2%
I'm sure it has contributed to it
27%
24.8%
26.6%
Don't know
9.1%
5.3%
8.5%

In your opinion, is it right or not right to define Israel’s control of the territories as an “occupation”?
             (Peace Index, April 2016)

 
Israeli Jews
Israeli Arabs
General Public
I'm sure it is
12%
69.7%
21.6%
I think it is
10.7%
1.8%
9.3%
I think it isn't
21.6%
1.1%
18.2%
I'm sure it isn't
49.9%
14.2%
44%
Don't know
5.7%
13.2%
7%

Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War. Some claim that the time has come for Israel to formally annex all the territories conquered in the war that it still holds. Do you support or oppose this?
             (Peace Index, January 2016)

 
Israeli Jews 
Strongly support
25%
Somewhat support
20.3%
Somewhat oppose
19.4%
Strongly oppose
25.4%
Don't know
10%

Some claim that because of the extensive Israeli building in the territories and the growth of the settlements, there is no possibility of evacuating most of the Israelis from Judea and Samaria and therefore any agreement that is signed, if it is signed, will have to take into account the fact that at least the large settlement blocs will remain under Israeli sovereignty. What is your opinion on this claim?
             (Peace Index, September 2015)

 
Israeli Jews
Israeli Arabs
General Public
Strongly agree
40.4%
26.6%
38.1%
Moderately agree
27.2%
15.6%
25.3%
Moderately disagree
12%
9.4%
11.6%
Strongly Disagree
11.8%
27.8%
14.5%
Don't know
8.6%
20.5%
10.6%

Do you support or oppose the dismantling of settlements in the West Bank?
              (PCPSR, June 2015)

 
Israelis
Support
38%
Oppose
54%

What is the impact of continued Jewish settlement building on Israel's security?
              (Pew Research, May 2013)

 
Total
Israeli Jews
Israeli Arabs
Helps Security
27%
31%
4%
Hurts Security
42%
35%
84%
Makes No Difference
23%
27%
2%
Don't Know
8%
8%
10%

Which of the following steps should Israel take with regard to construction in the settlements?
              (Truman/PCPSR, October 2010)

Full Construction Freeze
23.3%
Construction Only in Blocs To Remain
under Israeli Rule in Future
39.0%
Unliminited Construction
31.3%
Don't Know
6.3%

Do you support or oppose dismantling most of the settlements in the territories as part of a peace agreement with the Palestinians?
              (Truman/PCPSR, October 2010)

Support
45.2%
Oppose
45.9%
Don't know
8.8%

Should Israel agree to extend the settlement construction freeze?
              (Dahaf, September 2010)

Yes
39%
No
54%

Note: Poll included Arab Israelis.

Should construction in the territories be renewed? (IMRA, September 2010)

Everywhere
38.6%
Only in blocs
25.1%
Continue freeze
21.0%

Will Binyamin Netanyahu's decision to impose the freeze increase or reduce pressure on Israel to make additional concessions? (Maagar Mohot, December 2009)

Reduce
22%
Increase
56%
No effect on the pressure
17%
Other replies/don't know
5%

Do you think the freeze will actually last only ten months or will Netanyahu continue the freeze indefinitely? (Maagar Mohot, December 2009)

Just ten months
33%
Continue indefinitely
40%
Other replies/don't know
27%

Do you support or oppose the dismantling of most of the settlements in the West Bank as part of a peace agreement with the Palestinians? (Truman Institute/PCPSR, December 2009)

Support

49%

Oppose
43%

Do you support or oppose a freeze on construction in the West Bank settlements? (Truman Institute/PCPSR, December 2009)

Support

49%

Oppose
42%

Do you support or oppose the removal of illegal settlement posts in the West Bank? (Truman Institute/PCPSR, December 2009)

Support

58%

Oppose
32%

Do you support or oppose the refusal of IDF soldiers to serve in the West Bank? (Truman Institute/PCPSR, December 2009)

Support

27%

Oppose
66%

Do you support or oppose the evacuation of unauthorized outposts? (Shvakim Panorama for Israel Radio's Hakol Diburim, June 4, 2009)

For
40.1%
Against

40.4%

Don't know
19.5%

Do you support or oppose the American demand for a halt to construction in Judea and Samaria? (Shvakim Panorama for Israel Radio's Hakol Diburim, June 4, 2009)

Support
29.5%
Oppose
55.6%
Don't know
17.9%

Should the Government evacuate unauthorized outposts? (Geocartography Knowledge Group, June 3, 2009)

Yes
40%
No
51%
No opinion
9%

Should the Government meet the American request to freeze settlements? (Geocartography Knowledge Group, June 3, 2009)

Yes
40%
No
51%
Don't know
9%

Should Israel agree to evacuate illegal outposts and isolated settlements located in the heart of the Palestinian population if a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians depended on it? (War and Peace Index, May 2009)

Yes

53%

No
29%

Should Israel should agree to evacuate all settlements if a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians depended on it? (War and Peace Index, May 2009)

Yes
41%
No
53%

Do settlements serve or weaken Israel's interests? (War and Peace Index, May 2009)

Weaken
48%
Serve
43%

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