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American Public Opinion Polls:
Views on Palestinian Statehood

(Updated December 2014)


American Polls: Table of Contents | Anti-Semitic Propensities | Sympathy to Israel/Palestinians


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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
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

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