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Palestinian Public Opinion Polls:
Attitudes About Peace With Israel

(2007)


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Support or opposition to a peace settlement with Israel according to region: (Near East Consulting, December 20-23, 2007)

 
West Bank
Gaza Strip
Support
70%
73%
Oppose
30%
27%

Perceptions about Hamas' position towards the elimination of Israel, according to region: (Near East Consulting, December 20-23, 2007)

 
West Bank
Gaza Strip
Hamas should maintain its position
35%
39%
Hamas should change its position
65%
61%

Agree or disagree: “Palestinians have a peace partner in Israel." (Near East Consulting, December 20-23, 2007)

Agree
41%
Disagree
59%

Agree or disagree: “Israelis have a peace partner in Palestine." (Near East Consulting, December 20-23, 2007)

Agree
79%
Disagree
21%

Which final status issue should be resolved first? (Near East Consulting, December 20-23, 2007)

Jerusalem
55%
The refugees
19%

Settlements

10%
Borders
12%
Water
3%

What would you expect to happen now between Palestinians and Israelis after the Annapolis Conference? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, December 11-16, 2007)

Negotiations will resume soon enough and armed confrontations will stop.
17.6%
Negotiations will resume but some armed attacks will continue.
41.5%
Armed confrontations will not stop and the two sides will not return to negotiations.
32.4%
Don't know/No answer
8.5%

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 Palestinian people. Do you agree or disagree with this proposal? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, December 11-16, 2007)

Definitely agree
6.3%
Agree
42.7%
Disagree
34.0%
Definitely disagree
14.5%
Don't know/No answer
2.6%

Now 40 years after the 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? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, December 11-16, 2007)

Non-existent
26.5%
Low
38.5%
Medium
27.0%
High
5.2%
Don't know/No answer
2.8%

If a peace agreement is reached, and a Palestinian state is established and recognized by Israel, would you support or oppose the efforts to reach full reconsiliation between Israel and the Palestinians state? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, December 11-16, 2007)

Would strongly support
7.5%
Would support
61.7%
Would oppose
21.3%
Would strongly oppose
7.2%
Don't know/No answer
2.2%

Now after the Annapolis meeting - which was called for by the US and attended by the PA, Israel and several Arab states - has been concluded, how do you assess its outcome? Has it succeeded or failed in pushing the peace process forward? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, December 11-16, 2007)

Certainly it has succeeded
1.2%
It has succeeded
10.0%
It has not succeeded or failed
20.9%
It has failed
34.4%
Certainly it has failed
24.2%
Don't know/No answer
9.3%

And what are your expectations regarding the chances for the success or failure of the negotiations launched by the Annapolis conference? Will it succeed or fail in ending Israeli occupation? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, December 11-16, 2007)

Certainly will succeed
1.2%
Will succeed
21.0%
Will fail
47.5%
Cartainly will fail
22.0%
Don't know/No answer
8.3%

The Joint Palestinian-Israeli statement issued during the Annapolis conference stated that the two sides will engage in permanent status negotiations aiming at reaching a peace treaty based on the establishment of two states: the state of Palestine and the state of Israel. Do you approve or disapprove of this goal? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, December 11-16, 2007)

Certainly approve
5.0%
Approve
53.1%
Disapprove
29.3%
Certainly disapprove
8.9%
Don't know/No answer
3.7%

The Joint Statement also stated that the two sides will seek to conclude the permanent status negotiations before the end of 2008. Do you think they will indeed succeed in achieving that in the period indicated? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, December 11-16, 2007)

Certainly will succeed
1.3%
Will succeed
21.8%
Will not succeed
53.7%
Certainly will not succeed
18.5%
Don't know/No answer
4.7%

Do you think that the international conference (the Annapolis Conference) that the US called for this fall aiming at pushing the peace process forward will succeed? (An-Najah University, November 15-17, 2007)

Yes
30.8%
No
54.9%
No opinion/ I don't know
14.3%

The Palestinian Authority decided from the very beginning to participate in the Annapolis Conference. Are you in favor of the PA's participation? (An-Najah University, November 15-17, 2007)

Yes
61.3%
No
29.2%
No opinion/ I don't know
9.5%

In general, how optimistic or pessimistic do you feel towards the future? (Jerusalem Media & Communications, November 2007)

Very Optimistic

7.6%

Optimistic

50.1%

Pessimistic

25.9%

Very Pessimistic

16.2%

No Answer

0.2%

How optimistic or pessimistic are you towards reaching a peaceful settlement for the Arab-Israeli Conflict? (Jerusalem Media & Communications, November 2007)

Very Optimistic

2.8%

Optimistic

36.8%

Pessimistic

37.4%

Very Pessimistic

21.8%

No Answer

1.2%

Some believe that a two state formula is the favored solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict while others believe that historic Palestine cannot be divided into two states, and thus the favored solution is a bi-national state on all of Palestine where Palestinians and Israelis enjoy equal representation and rights, which of these two solutions do you prefer?  (Jerusalem Media & Communications, November 2007)

Two-State Solution: an Israeli state and a Palestinian state

53.0%

Bi-national state on all of historic Palestine

23.5%

Other Solution

0.6%

No Solution

9.5%

No Answer/Don’t Know

2.1%

Do you strongly agree, somewhat agree, some what disagree, strongly disagree to the peace negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis? (Jerusalem Media & Communications, November 2007)

Strongly agree

23.6%

Somewhat agree

44.3%

Somewhat disagree

15.8%

Strongly disagree

14.8%

I don’t know

1.3%

No answer

0.2%

With regards to the negotiations over the issue of the refugees, which of the following solutions do you favor? (Jerusalem Media & Communications, November 2007)

Return of the refugees to their original homes

66.8%

Return of all the refugees to the Palestinian state (West Bank and Gaza Strip)

9.7%

To Compensate the refugees for their properties which they lost and for not returning to their properties and homes

9.0%

Return of some refugees to their homes, and return of some others to the Palestinian state and compensate the others

13.3%

I don’t know

0.8%

No answer

0.4%

In your opinion, what is the best solution to finalize the Jerusalem dilemma? (Jerusalem Media & Communications, November 2007)

A unified Jerusalem (East and West) as a capital of the state of Israel

1.9%

East Jerusalem as the capital of the Palestinian state and West Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel

26.3%

A unified, open Jerusalem and capital of the two states

10.6%

An international Jerusalem

7.4%

A capital of the Muslims

52.9%

I don’t know

0.4%

No answer

0.5%

Upon an initiative from the United States, this fall will witness a Palestinian-Israeli peace meeting to be attended by international and Arab parties. To what extent do you expect this meeting to succeed or fail? (Jerusalem Media & Communications, November 2007)

Succeed to a large extent

6.4%

Succeed to some extent

28.9%

Fail to some extent

25.6%

Fail to a large extent

36.4%

No answer

2.7%

If the peace meeting to be held this fall fails, what do you expect as a result of this failure- do you expect the renewal of the Intifada, the intervention of a third party or do you expect matters to remain the same? (Jerusalem Media & Communications, November 2007)

Renewal of the Intifada

28.0%

Intervention of a third party

21.7%

Remain the same

47.0%

No answer

3.3%

Support or opposition to the Palestinian participation in the peace conference that will be held in the autumn (Annapolis). (Near East Consulting - Gaza Monitor)

 
September 2007
November 2007
Support
72.0%
66.0%
Oppose
22.7%
31.7%
Missing
5.3%
2.3%

Agree or disagree: The time and atmosphere are good to hold a peace conference on the Middle East. (Near East Consulting - Gaza Monitor)

 
September 2007
November 2007
Agree
52.2%
54.7%
Diasagree
42.2%
42.5%
Missing
5.6%
2.8%

Will the conference succeed in achieving progress in the peace process reaching the final solution to the Palestinian problem? (Near East Consulting - Gaza Monitor)

 
September 2007
November 2007
Yes
36.4%
43.5%
No
55.9%
54.9%
Missing
7.7%
3.6%

Who is the greatest benficiary from holding this conference? (Near East Consulting - Gaza Monitor)

 
September 2007
November 2007
Israel
51.5%
48.1%
US government
16.3%
14.6%
Palestinian Authority
17.4%
21.7%
Arab countries
4.4%
4.9%
Missing
10.4%
10.7%

The main final-status issue that should be resolved as soon as possible. (Near East Consulting - Gaza Monitor)

 
September 2007
November 2007
Jerusalem
41.6%
52.2%
Refugees
25.9%
22.0%
Settlements
7.4%
4.3%
Borders
11.5%
12.8%
Water
4.1%
3.1%
Missing
9.4%
5.6%

Support or opposition to a peace settlement with Israel. (Near East Consulting - Gaza Monitor)

 
September 2007
November 2007
Support
69.1%
77.2%
Oppose
24.9%
18.7%
Missing
5.9%
4.1%

Should Hamas maintain a position on the elimination of Israel? (Near East Consulting, May 22 and 24, 2007)

Maintain position
41%
Change position
59%

Palestinian support for a return to the pre-Oslo situation: (Near East Consulting, May 22 and 24, 2007)

Support the continuation of the PNA
56%
Prefer to return to the pre-Oslo period
44%

Do you support an international presence in Gaza to stop the violance from spreading? (Near East Consulting, May 22 and 24, 2007)

Yes
32%
No
68%

The Last Arab Summit held in Riyadh considered the Arab Peace Initiative as the basis of a peace settlement in the Middle East. Do you support or reject this notion? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University, May 17-19, 2007)

I support
49.6%
I reject
40.3%
No opinion/ I don't know
10.1%

The US presented a security plan calling for easing up the movement of Palestinians between their cities, villages, and refugee camps in return for a cease in firing rockets from the Gaza Strip. Do you support or reject this Plan? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University, May 17-19, 2007)

I support
45.3%
I reject
48.3%
No opinion/ I don't know
6.3%

Do you support or reject firing rockets by Palestinian factions from the Strip against Israel? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University, May 17-19, 2007)

I strongly support
23.7%
I support
27.3%
I reject
31.1%
I strongly reject
11.9%
No opinion/I don't know
6.0%

Do you think that firing rockets from the Gaza Strip against Israel hurts or helps Palestinian national struggle? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University, May 17-19, 2007)

It helps
32.5%
It hurts
40.4%
It is useless
22.9%
No opinion/ I don't know
4.2%

There is a call from the PA to the armed Palestinian factions to resort to the truce with Israel. Do you support or reject this call? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University, May 17-19, 2007)

I support
52.3%
I reject
31.8%
No opinion/ I don't know
5.9%

Do you support or oppose a peace settlement with Israel? (Pew Research Center)

 
April 2006
April 2007
Support
69%
63%
Oppose
31%
37%

Should Hamas maintain its position on the elimination of Israel? (Pew Research Center)

 
April 2006
April 2007
Support
35%
43%
Oppose
65%
57%

Can a way be found for Israel and the Palestinians to coexist? (Pew Research Center, 2007)

Muslims from:
Yes
No
U.S.
61%
58%
Pakistan
23%
6%
Jordan
14%
85%
Indonesia
26%
60%
Kuwait
22%
73%
Lebanon
17%
75%
Morocco
5%
90%
Turkey
33%
49%

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