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Palestinian Public Opinion Polls:
Attitudes About Peace With Israel

(2008)


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Do you support the renewal of the cease-fire in the Gaza Strip ? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, December 11, 2008)

Support
74%
Oppose
23%
No opinion/ I don't know
3%

Do you believe that the truce between Hamas and Israel served the Palestinian national interest and must be renewed or that it harmed the Palestinian national interest and must not be renewed or that it didn't make any difference? (Jerusalem Media and Communications Center, November, 2008)

Served the national interest and must be renewed
27.2%
Harmed the national interest and must not be renewed
29.3%
Didn't make any difference
40.7%
Don't know/ No answer
2.8%

How will the Israeli-Palestinian conflict be ended? (Alpha International, October 13-21, 2008)

Through negotiations and an agreed upon political solution
65.1%
Through armed operations
29.3%
Through both negotiations and armed operations
4.3%
Other
2.4%
No opinion/ I don't know
8.0%

Is it possible or impossible to reach a peace agreement with Israel before the end of 2008? (Alpha International, October 13-21, 2008)

Possible
20.2%
Impossible
73.0%
No opinion/ I don't know
6.9%

Regarding the current dialogue in Cairo, do you belive reconciliation is possible or not possible? (Alpha International, October 13-21, 2008)

Reconciliation is possible
57.4%
Reconciliation is not possible
33.9%
No opinion/ I don't know
8.8%

Do you support or oppose the exchange of territories within the framework of a permanent solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict? (Alpha International, October 13-21, 2008)

Support
25.0%
Oppose
68.7%
No opinion/ I don't know
6.3%

Do you support or reject the creation of two states on the historic land of Palestine (a Palestinian state and Israel)? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University)

 
May 15-17, 2008
September 18-20, 2008
Support
39.5%
42.5%
Reject
57.6%
54.3%
No opinion/Don't know
2.9%
3.2%

Do you support or reject the creation of a Palestinian state on the 1967 occupied territories? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University)

 
May 15-17, 2008
September 18-20, 2008
Support
68.5%
67.1%
Reject
28.2%
29.6%
No opinion/Don't know
3.3%
3.4%

Hamas and Israel declared a truce in the Gaza Strip by which Hamas stops firing rockets against Israel and, in return, Israel stops its military operations in the Gaza Strip. Do you support or reject this truce? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University, September 18-20, 2008)

Strongly support
19.2%
Support
52.3%
Reject
17.8%
Strongly reject
8.5%
No opionion/Don't know
2.3%

Do you support or reject continuing negotiations under their present realities between the Palestinian Authority and Israel? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University, September 18-20, 2008)

Strongly support
13.5%
Support
37.1%
Reject
33.4%
Strongly reject
13.5%
No opionion/ Don't know
2.4%

Generally, do you see yourself as: (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, August 28-30, 2008)

Supportive of the peace process
72.2%
Opposed to the peace process
13%
Between support and opposition
13.9%
DK/NA
0.9%

Do most Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza support or oppose the recognition of Israel as the state of the Jewish people and Palestine as the state of the Palestinian people at the end of the peace process? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, August 28-30, 2008)

Majority supports
48.8%
Majority opposes
39%
DK/NA
12.2%

What are the chances for the establishment of an independent Palestinian state next to the state of Israel in the next five years? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, August 28-30, 2008)

None existent
31.2%
Low
38%
Medium
24%
High
3.5%
DK/NA
3.3%

Are the meetings between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and PA President Mahmud Abbas beneficial and should be continued or unbeneficial and should be stopped? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, August 28-30, 2008)

Beneficial and should continue
30.9%
Unbeneficial and should stop
64%
DK/NA
5%

Is it possible or impossible to reach a compromise permanent status agreement with the Olmert government? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, August 28-30, 2008)

Certainly possible
0.8%
Possible
21.7%
Impossible
47.4%
Certainly impossible
26.6%
DK/NA
3.5%

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 reconciliation between Israel and the Palestinian state? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, August 28-30, 2008)

Would strongly support
10%
Would support
60.1%
Would oppose
21.9%
Would strongly oppose
6%
DK/NA
2%

If a peace agreement is reached, and a Palestinian state is established and recognized by Israel, how soon do you think full reconociliation between the two people will be achieved? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, August 28-30, 2008)

Reconciliation is not possible ever
43.1%
Only in many generations to come
21.2%
Only in the next generation
7.4%
Only in the next decade
9%
In the next few years
11.4%
DK/NA
7.9%

After two months have passed since the ceasefire went into effect in the Gaza Strip, do you support or oppose its continuation? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, August 28-30, 2008)

Certainly support
20.2%
Support
60.8%
Oppose
13.3%
Certainly oppose
1.9%
DK/NA
3.8%

What is the best way to free prisoners from Israeli jails? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, August 28-30, 2008)

Kidnap soldiers and exchange them
39.1%
Reach a peace agreement that includes freeing all prisoners
58.8%
DK/NA
2.2%

Do you support or oppose a permanent peace agreement with Israel? (Near East Consulting Group)

 
August 5, 2008
August 29-31, 2008
Support
69%
70%
Oppose
31%
30%

Should Hamas change its stance and stop calling for Israel to be “wiped out,” or should it cling to its stance. (Near East Consulting Group, August 29-21, 2008)

Hamas should change its stance
58%
Hamas should cling to its stance
42%

Do you support or oppose mutual recognition of Israel and the state for the Jewish people and Palestine as the state for the Palestinian people after reaching a permanent settlement? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research)

 
June 5-7, 2008
August 25-September 1, 2008
Support
67%
57%
Oppose
28%
41%

Do you support or oppose the Saudi Peace Initiative? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research)

 
June 5-7, 2008
August 25-September 1, 2008
Support
56%
68%
Oppose
43%
30%

Do you support or oppose the Roadmap? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, June 5-7, 2008)

Support
50%
Oppose
47%

Level of support for launching rockets on Israel:(Near East Consulting, May 24-27, 2008)

I support rocket attacks
38%
I oppose rocket attacks
62%

Level of support for a ceasefire:(Near East Consulting, May 24-27, 2008)

Support
85%
Oppose
15%

The final-status issue that should be resolved first:(Near East Consulting, May 24-27, 2008)

Refugees
34%
Settlements
14%
Jerusalem
30%
Borders
15%
Water
7%

Level of support for Israel-Syrian peace negotiations:(Near East Consulting, May 24-27, 2008)

Support
65%
Oppose
35%

In view of the last Israeli operations against the Gaza Strip, do you support or reject resuming political negotiations between the Palestinian authority and Israel? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University, May 15-17, 2008)

Strongly support
17.4%
Support
39.1%
Reject
24.2%
Strongly Reject
15.9%
No opinion/do not know
3.4%

Do you support a truce (hudna) that starts in the Gaza Strip and extends to the West Bank? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University, May 15-17, 2008)

Strongly support
20.8%
Support
50.7%
Reject
15.7%
Strongly Reject
10.4%
No opinion/do not know
2.3%

A group of Palestinian factions accepted a hudna with Israel that begins in the Gaza Strip and extends to the west Bank. Do you support or reject the position of these factions? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University, May 15-17, 2008)

Strongly support
20.8%
Support
51.4%
Reject
17.1%
Strongly Reject
8.2%
No opinion/do not know
2.6%

Do you think Israel will accept the hudna that Hamas and a group of Palestinian groups offered? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University, May 15-17, 2008)

Yes
10.4%
Maybe
34.9%
No
50.5%
No opinion/don't know
4.3%

Do you think that the Palestinian resistance in its present form will lead to the creation of a Palestinian state on the 1967 occupied territories? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University, May 15-17, 2008)

Yes
41.2%
No
50.7%
No opinion/don't know
8.1%

Do you support or oppose Hamas' recognition of the state of Israel? (Arab World for Research and Development, May 3-5, 2008)

Support

17.3%
Support to some extent
14.1%
Oppose
63.0%
Don't know/no opinion
5.6%

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? (JMCC - April, 2008)

Two-state solution
47.1%
Bi-national state
23.4%

Do you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose peace negotiations between Palestinians and Israel? (JMCC - April, 2008)

Strongly support
17.6%
Somewhat support
43.6%
Somewhat oppose
19.6%
Strongly oppose
17.9%
Don't know/no answer
1.3%

Since Annapolis Conference, there has been repeated talk and reports about Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Do you believe that the continuation of these negotiations serves the Palestinian national interest or do these negotiations harm the Palestinian national interest or make no difference with regards to the Palestinian national interest? (JMCC - April, 2008)

Continuation of the negotiations serves the Palestinian national interest
30.8%
Continuation of the negotiations harms the Palestinian national interest
25.7%
Continuation of the negotiations makes no difference
41.0%
Don't know/no answer
2.5%

Do you support or oppose the Saudi initiative which calls for Arab recognition of and normalization of relations with Israel after it ends its occupation to Palestinian territories occupied in 1967 and after the establishment of a Palestinian state? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, March 13-15, 2008)

Support
66%
Oppose
32%

Do you support the resumption of the military operations against Israeli targets as a suitable response within the current political conditions, or do you reject it and find it harmful to Palestinian national interests? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, March 13-15, 2008)

A suitable response within the current political conditions
49.5%
I reject it and find it harmful to Palestinian national interests
45.5%

How do you feel about the suicide bombing operations against Israeli civilians? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, March 13-15, 2008)

Strongly support
26.1%
Somewhat support
24.6%
Somewhat oppose
28.4%
Strongly oppose
18.1%
Don't know/ no answer
2.8%

Do you feel that the local rockets that are launched from Gaza Strip towards Israeli region are a useful means of resistance or futile means of resistance or that these rockets don't make any difference? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, March 13-15, 2008)

A useful means of resistance
39.3%
A futile means of resistance
35.7%
The rockets don't make any difference
22.5%

Do you support or oppose mutual recognition of Israel as the state for the Jewish people and Palestine as the state for the Palestinian people as part of a permanent status agreement? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, March 13-15, 2008)

Support
55%
Oppose
44%

Do you believe the negotiations launched by the Annapolis conference will succeed or fail? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, March 13-15, 2008)

 
March 13-15, 2008
August 28-30, 2008
Succeed
14%
12%
Fail
80%
77%

What's your attitude towards a Palestinian-Israeli truce at present? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, February 22-March 5, 2008)

I strongly support it
37.8%
I somewhat support it
35.2%
I somewhat oppose it
14.5%
I strongly oppose it
9.8%
I don't know
2.7%

Do you support or reject firing rockets from the Gaza Strip against Israel by Palestinian factions?(Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University, January 26-28, 2008)

Strongly support
20.8%
Support
22.9%
Reject
38.5%
Strongly reject
14.2%
No opinion/Don't know
3.7%

Do you think that firing rockets from the Gaza Strip against Israel will serve or hurt the Palestinian cause? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University, January 26-28, 2008)

Serve the cause
33.9%
Hurt the Cause
43.4%
It is useless
19.3%
No opinion/Don't know
3.4%

Are you in favor of stopping rockets in return for lifting up the siege imposed on the Gaza Strip? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University, January 26-28, 2008)

Yes
69.9%
No
25.4%
No opinion/Don't know
4.8%

Do you believe that the siege will end if Hamas backs up from its domination over the Strip? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University, January 26-28, 2008)

Yes
50.7%
No
40.3%
No opinion/Don't know
9.0%

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