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American Public Opinion Polls:
Attitudes Regarding Jerusalem


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One of the most significant areas of disagreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians is the construction of Israeli housing within the city of Jerusalem. Which of the following statements is closest to your own view? (ADL, October 23, 2011)

"Palestinians leaders say that Israel must immediately stop all construction in areas still under dispute - including disputed neighborhoods in Jerusalem."
29%
"Israeli leaders say that Jerusalem is - and always will be - the capital of Israel - and they have every right to build housing in their nation's capital."
54%

Should Jerusalem remain the undivided capital of Israel or should the United States force Israel to give parts of Jerusalem, including Christian and Jewish holy sites, to the Palestinian Authority? (Independent Media Review Analysis, September 2011)

 
September 2011
Remain undivided
70.9%
Force/give parts
9.4%
Don't know/refused
19.7%

Do you believe that Jerusalem should stay entirely under Israel's control or that Jerusalem should be divided between Israel and the Palestinians? (The Israel Project)

 
March 2008
June 2011
Under Israel's control
55%
50%
Divided
32%
34%

In your opinion, which of the following is the most compelling reason for Jerusalem to remain undivided under Israeli control? (The Israel Project, June 2011)

Christians, Palestinians and Israeli Arabs have the same right to live in Jerusalem as the Jewish people do. All religions are protected under Israeli control.
47%
There are no easy lines to draw to divide Jerusalem. Jews live on one block, Arabs another, and some blocks are mixed. Sewage, water and the electric grid are all shared and maintained by Israel for all residents.
24%
Jews have lived in Jerusalem going back nearly 3,000 years and Jewish life in Jerusalem is mentioend in the Old Testament 656 times.
17%

Should Jerusalem remain as Israel's undivided capital in any peace agreement with the Palestinians? (McLaughlin & Associates, October 2010)

Yes
50.9%
No
20.4%
Don't know/Refused to answer
28.7%

As you may know, a key dispute between Israel and the Palestinians is about certain areas of East Jerusalem, which Israel has occupied since the 1967 war. Past negotiations over a peace agreement have broken down because both sides want to control these areas. Just based on what you know, are you more inclined to believe that Israel should have control, the Palestinians should have control, or that both sides should allow the UN to have control unless they later come to some other compromise? (PIPA, May 8, 2002)

Israelis should have control 26%
Palestinians should have control 7%
UN should have control 57%
Don't know 10%

"Israel should agree to divide Jerusalem with the Palestinians." 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   
21%  
25% 
11%
0%
Somewhat agree 
30%  
28% 
22%
0%
Somewhat disagree 
16%  
18% 
10%
0%
Strongly disagree  
25%  
19% 
51%
0%
Don't know  
9%  
11%
6% 
0%

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