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Palestinian Public Opinion Polls:
Regarding Peace Prospects

(Updated March 2014)


Palestinian Polls: Table of Contents | On Peace with Israel | On Internal Politics


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Will the majority of Palestinians vote in favor of a peace agreement reached between Abbas and Israel in the current negotiations?
             (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, March 22, 2014)

2014
Yes
56%
No
34%

Should the negotiations continue?
             (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, December 15, 2013)

2013
Yes
34%
No
51%
Refuse to answer
15%

Do you think that a permanent peace between Israel and Palestine will ever be achieved?
             (Gallup, July 31, 2013)

2006
2007
2008
2011
2012
2013
Yes
22%
21%
18%
21%
20%
17%
No
60%
71%
75%
68%
71%
74%

How important is achieving peace between Israel and the Palestinians to the following?
            (Gallup, July 31, 2013) Numbers reflect percentage of Palestinians saying "very important"

  2006 2007 2011 2012 2013
Future facing you & your family
75%
80%
77%
85%
85%
Safety & security of Palestinians
78%
82%
77%
83%
80%
Economic prosperity in Palestine
77%
83%
78%
82%
78%
International respect for Palestine
70%
76%
74%
77%
79%

Do you agree or disagree that recent efforts by President Obama demonstrate that the U.S. is more serious than ever about mediating a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict that is mutually acceptable?
             (Gallup, July 26, 2013)

Agree
Disagree
Don't Know
12%
74%
14%

How much trust do you have in President Obama to help Israel and Palestine negotiate an equally fair peace treaty?
             (Gallup, July 26, 2013)

Great Trust
Fair Trust
Not Much Trust
No Trust at All
1%
7%
23%
66%

For the following actions, please say if this should be considered a precondition to negotiations or a top priority during negotiations?
             (Gallup, July 26, 2013)

Precondition
Top Priority
Palestine Recognizes Israel as Jewish State
5%
52%
Palestine Gives up "Right of Return"
6%
53%
Palestine Agrees to not pursue Israel at ICC
9%
58%
Israel Freezes All West Bank Settlement Construction
86%
95%
Israel Commits 1967 Borders as Basis for Two-State Solution
80%
95%
Israel Releases Palestinian Prisoners
93%
99%

Do you think the President Abbas' decision to participate in exploratory talks with Israel was right or wrong?
               (PSR, March 17, 2012)

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza Strip
Certainly right
4.9%
3.1%
7.9%
Right
43.2%
49.1%
33.6%
Wrong
32.9%
33.1%
32.5%
Certainly Wrong
9.6%
6.7%
14.3%
No opinion
9.4%
7.9%
11.8%

Given present conditions, do you support or oppose resumption of the Amman exploratory talks without Israeli preconditions?
               (PSR, March 17, 2012)

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza Strip
Certainly Support
4.2%
3.7%
4.9%
Support
31.1%
34.2%
25.9%
Oppose
42.1%
45.8%
35.9%
Certainly Oppose
16.1%
11.9%
23.0%
No opinion
6.6%
4.4%
10.2%

What do you expect to happen between Palestinians and Israelis after the exploratory talks in Amman have stopped?
               (PSR, March 17, 2012)

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza Strip
Sides will return soon to negotiations
25.4%
27.3%
22.2%
Sides will return to negotiations, some armed attacks will take place
35.7%
32.5%
41.0%
Sides will not return to negotiations, some armed attacks will take place
18.1%
17.2%
19.7%
Sides will not return to negotiations, will be no armed attacks
15.8%
17.6%
12.9%
No opinion/Don't know
4.9%
5.4%
4.3%

Some believe that the two-state solution, an independent Palestinian state alongside the state of Israel, is no longer viable due to settlement expansion while others believe that it is still viable today as settlements can be dismantled or evacuated when an agreement is reached. What do you think? (PSR, March 17, 2012)

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza Strip
Certainly the two-state solution is no longer viable
21.6%
19.2%
25.7%
The two-state solution is no longer viable
36.2%
38.6%
32.3%
The two-state solution remains viable today
26.2%
28.9%
21.7%
Certainly, the two-state solution remains viable today
10.8%
9.7%
12.8%
No opinion/Don't know
5.1%
3.6%
7.6%

Talk has recently increased about the inevitable failure of the two state solution and the need to demand the formulation of a solution based on the establishment of one state in all Palestinian areas and Israel, one in which Arabs and Jews enjoy equality. Do you support or oppose this view? (PSR, March 17, 2012)

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza Strip
Certainly support
5.3%
5.5%
4.8%
support
30.4%
35.1%
22.8%
oppose
41.6%
44.7%
36.5%
certainly oppose
19.4%
12.6%
30.6%
No opinion/Don't know
3.3%
2.1%
5.4%

Now more than 40 years after the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, what in your view are the chances for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state next to the state of Israel in the next five years? Are they high, medium, low, or non existent? (PSR, March 17, 2012)

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza Strip
non existent
28.2%
30.5%
24.4%
low
39.8%
37.6%
43.3%
medium
26.6%
27.3%
25.5%
high
4.4%
4.1%
5.1%
No opinion/Don't know
1.0%
0.5%
1.7%

To what extent are you worried or not worried that you or a member of your family could be hurt by Israel in your daily life or that your land would be confiscated or home demolished? (PSR, March 17, 2012)

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza Strip
very worried
34.2%
30.1%
40.8%
worried
42.0%
44.0%
38.6%
not worried
19.0%
21.8%
14.4%
not worried at all
4.6%
4.1%
5.5%
No opinion/Don't know
0.3%
0.0%
0.7%

What do you think are the aspirations of Israel for the long run? (PSR, March 17, 2012)

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza Strip
Withdrawal from the territories it occupied in 1967 after guaranteeing its security
6.5%
5.9%
7.4%
Withdrawal form part of the occupied territories after guaranteeing its security
8.6%
8.5%
8.9%
Annexation of the West Bank while denying political rights of Palestinian citizens
21.1%
18.4%
25.5%
Extending the borders of the state of Israel to cover all the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea and expelling its Arab citizens
62.3%
65.8%
56.7%
No opinion/Don't know
1.5%
1.5%
1.6%

According to the Saudi plan, Israel will retreat from all territories occupied in 1967 including Gaza the West Bank, Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, and a Palestinian state will be established. The refugees problem will be resolved through negotiation in a just and agreed upon manner and in accordance with UN resolution 194 which allows return of refugees to Israel and compensation. In return, all Arab states will recognize Israel and its right to secure borders, will sign peace treaties with her and establish normal diplomatic relations. Do you agree or disagree to this plan? (PSR, March 17, 2012)

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza Strip
certainly agree
5.7%
3.9%
8.6%
agree
49.9%
49.0%
51.3%
disagree
33.0%
39.4%
22.4%
certainly disagree
9.1%
5.4%
15.2%
No opinion/Don't know
2.3%
2.3%
2.5%

There is a proposal that after the establishment of an independent Palestinian state and the settlement of all issues in dispute, including the refugees and Jerusalem issues, there will be a mutual recognition of Israel as the state of the Jewish people and Palestine as the state of the Palestinians people. Do you agree or disagree to this proposal? (PSR, March 17, 2012)

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza Strip
certainly agree
2.8%
2.1%
4.0%
agree
40.4%
39.6%
41.5%
disagree
40.5%
46.4%
30.8%
certainly disagree
14.8%
10.6%
21.7%
No opinion/Don't know
1.5%
1.3%
2.0%

Now that negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis have stopped, would you support or oppose the following option in the search for achieving Palestinian rights? (PSR, March 17, 2012)

Going to the Security Council to obtain a recognition of a Palestinian state

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza Strip
certainly support
21.6%
17.3%
28.6%
support
53.9%
60.7%
42.7%
oppose
19.5%
19.8%
19.1%
certainly oppose
3.9%
1.8%
7.4%
No opinion/Don't know
1.1%
0.4%
2.1%

Unilaterally declare the establishment of a Palestinian state

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza Strip
certainly support
12.9%
10.3%
17.1%
support
45.8%
53.4%
33.4%
oppose
33.5%
32.7%
34.9%
certainly oppose
6.1%
2.0%
12.8%
No opinion/Don't know
1.7%
1.6%
1.9%

Abandon the two state solution and demand the establishment of one state for Palestinians and Israelis

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza Strip
certainly support
3.8%
2.8%
5.3%
support
25.5%
29.5%
19.0%
oppose
52.0%
58.5%
41.4%
certainly oppose
16.6%
8.1%
30.5%
No opinion/Don't know
2.1%
1.0%
3.8%

Resort to popular non violent and unarmed resistance

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza Strip
certainly support
9.3%
6.0%
14.5%
support
51.9%
56.2%
45.0%
oppose
31.9%
34.8%
27.1%
certainly oppose
6.2%
2.8%
11.7%
No opinion/Don't know
0.7%
0.2%
1.6%

Return to the armed intifada and confrontations

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza Strip
certainly support
10.3%
4.4%
20.1%
support
27.8%
25.2%
34.6%
oppose
48.8%
60.5%
29.4%
certainly oppose
10.5%
8.8%
13.2%
No opinion/Don't know
1.7%
1.2%
2.7%

Dissolve the Palestinian Authority

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza Strip
certainly support
10.5%
8.3%
14.1%
support
29.2%
30.8%
26.7%
oppose
42.2%
49.0%
31.1%
certainly oppose
14.5%
10.1%
21.8%
No opinion/Don't know
3.5%
1.8%
6.3%

There is a proposal that after the establishment of an independent Palestinian state and the settlement of all issues in dispute, including the refugees and Jerusalem issues, there will be a mutual recognition of Israel as the state of the Jewish people and Palestine as the state of the Palestinian people. Do you agree or disagree with this proposal? (PSR, January 11, 2012)

Certainly agree
4.5%
Agree
47.8%
Disagree
35.0%
Certainly disagree
11.8%
No opinion/Don't know
0.8%

Now that negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis have stopped, would you support or oppose the following option in the search for achieving Palestinian rights: return to armed intifada and confrontations? (PSR, January 11, 2012)

Certainly support
9.7%
Support
31.4%
Oppose
49.1%
Certainly oppose
8.5%
No opinion/Don't know
1.3%

Do you think that the USA will pursue every possible way that is within its reach to salvage the peace process? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Yes
24.6%
No
69.6%
No opinion/Don't know
5.8%

Do you think that the Palestinian State can only be established through negotiations? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Yes
29.8%
No
64.4%
No opinion/Don't know
5.8%

Do you think that there will be any use from negotiations without acceptable frames of reference and without the freezing of settlement activities? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Yes
14.7%
No
79.4%
No opinion/Don't know
5.9%

Do you think the USA is an impartial broker in the peace process between the PA and Israel? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Yes
13.4%
No
82.5%
No opinion/Don't know
4.1%

Do you think that the European Union is an impartial broker in the peace process between the PA and Israel? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Yes
34.2%
No
57.8%
No opinion/Don't know
8.0%

Do you think that the International Quartet is an impartial broker in the peace process between the PA and Israel? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Yes
27.5%
No
59.8%
No opinion/Don't know
12.7%

If a Palestinian State is recognized in the UN, how will this recognition influence negotiations on the issue of refugees? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Positively
42.5%
No influence
23.4%
Negatively
29.8%
No opinion/Don't know
4.4%

If a Palestinian State is recognized in the UN, how will this recognition influence negotiations on the issue of Jerusalem? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Positively
40.6%
No influence
20.7%
Negatively
32.5%
No opinion/Don't know
6.1%

If a Palestinian State is recognized in the UN, how will this recognition influence negotiations on the issue of borders? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Positively
40.3%
No influence
20.6%
Negatively
32.2%
No opinion/Don't know
6.9%

Do you support or reject holding talks between the PA and the Israeli government if Israel continues its settlement activities in the West Bank? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

I support
18.4%
I reject
77.7%
No opinion/Don't know
3.9%

Do you think that it is possible to reach a lasting solution for the Palestinian Israeli conflict in view of the current circumstances? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Yes
22.7%
No
72.2%
No opinion/Don't know
5.1%

Do you think that the USA and the European countries have a duplicity of standards when they support the demands of the popular revolutions in the Arab countries and do not support similar Palestinian demands? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Yes
68.6%
No
20.9%
No opinion/Don't know
10.4%

Do you expect an erruption of a third intifada in the Palestinian Territories? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Yes
57.2%
No
35.3%
No opinion/Don't know
7.4%

Do you support or reject the rise of an armed uprising (intifada)? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

  West Bank Gaza Strip Total
I support 28.0% 49.8%
36.0%
I reject 67.9% 39.8%
57.6%
No opinion/Don't know 4.1% 10.4%
6.4%

Do you support or reject the rise of nonviolence and unarmed popular resistance? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

I support
58.3%
I reject
35.9%
No opinion/Don't know
5.7%

Do you personally support or oppose a two-state solution (Israel and Palestine - in the West Bank including East Jerusalem)? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Support
61.2%
Oppose
35.3%
Don't know
4.8%

Do you personally support or oppose a two-state solution (Israel and Palestine - in the West Bank including East Jerusalem)? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Support
61.2%
Oppose
35.3%
Don't know
4.8%

Do you believe that the following parties are serious about peace negotiations leading to the establishment of an independent Palestine? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

  Palestinian National Authority EU UN member states USA Israel
Yes
81.2%
23.3%
20.2%
6.2%
3.0%
To some extent
13.1%
41.4%
40.2%
17.3%
10.6%
No
5.4%
31.2%
35.9%
74.7%
85.7%
Don't know
0.3%
4.2%
3.8%
1.8%
0.8%

Do you support a return to the negotiations between Palestinians and Israel at this time? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Yes unconditionally
5.5%
Yes conditionally (after a halt to settlement construction)
58.0%
No
29.7%
Neutral
6.8%

In your opinion, which of the following is the best means to end the occupation and establish a Palestinian state? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Negotiations to reach an agreement between the two parties
21.1%
An international conference that imposes a settlement
20.8%
A non-violent popular uprising
16.8%
Armed/militant confrontations
16.6%
A mix of non-violent and militant means
21.1%
Others
1.0%
Don't know
2.7%

Do you believe that the American government is a neutral party in the negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Yes
7.9%
To some extent
12.1%
No
78.3%
Don't know
1.7%

In general, do you believe that President Obama is capable of establishing a Palestinian state? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Yes
22.0%
To some extent
20.6%
No
55.2%
Don't know
2.2%

Do you have more or less hope for the peace process now compared to one year ago? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

More hope
44.1%
Less hope
49.4%
Don't know
6.5%

20 years agter the negotiations started, do you feel that Palestinians are closer or farther from achieving their goal of establishing a Palestinian state? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Closer
49.4%
Farther
41.7%
Don't know
8.8%

 

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