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Palestinian Public Opinion Polls:
Attitudes About Peace With Israel

(2009 - 2010)


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What are your anticipations of the success chances of the direct Israeli-Palestinian negotiations? Will they succeed or fail in reaching an agreement of permanent peace? (PCPO, October 2010)

Certainly they will succeed
7.2%
They will succeed
42.6%
They will fail
31.6%
They will surely fail
12.3%
No opinion/Don't know
6.3%

Do you expect the realization of a peace agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis next year? (PCPO, October 2010)

Yes
13.5%
Likely
58.6%
No
26.2%
Don't know
1.7%

Do you think the Israelis are concerned about making peace with the Palestinians? (PCPO, October 2010)

Yes
16.6%
To some extent
46.7%
No
34.8%
Don't know
1.9%

Are you more optimistic or pessimistic than in the past regarding the possibility of reaching a final solution accord between Israel and the Palestinians? (PCPO, October 2010)

More optimistic than in the past
21.7%
Same extent of optimist as in the past
25.6%
Same extent of pessimism as in the past
24.3%
More pessimistic than in the past
25.9%
Don't know/No attitude
2.5%

In case all efforts fail to reach a settlement aiming at the revival of peace, which of the following is most likely to take place on the Palestinian side? (PCPO, October 2010)

Unilateral proclamation of a Palestinian state and escalation of the violent resistance
31.3%
Dissolution of the Palestinian Authority and putting the world before the responsibilities for the resulting jurisdiction vacuumand the steering of the resistance by the Palestinian factions
34.3%
Keep the status quo, i.e. the Palestinian Authority, beside developing new strategies to conduct Palestinian affairs
29.7%
Don't know
4.7%

The Israeli temporary settlement freeze in the West Bank has expired and settlers have now returned to building more homes. Under these conditions, in your opinion, should or should not, the Palestinians withdraw from the direct Palestinian-Israeli negotiations that started one month ago? (Truman/PCPSR, October 2010)

Certainly should not withdraw
5.3%
Should not withdraw
24.6%
Should withdraw
37.5%
Certainly should withdraw
28.1%
DK/NA
4.3%

Which side is in greater need of success in the direct negotiations - the Palestinians or the Israelis? (Truman/PCPSR, October 2010)

Palestinians
63.5%
Both sides are of equal need for success
19.7%
Israel
13.9%
DK/NA
2.9%

In your opinion, what are the chances that the negotiations will succeed, if continued, and will yield an agreement? (Truman/PCPSR, October 2010)

Very high chances
1.2%
High chances
4.8%
Medium chances
29.4%
Low chances
35.0%
Very low chances
27.7%
DK/NA
1.9%

If Palestinians pull out of the current talks or if peace negotiations fail, would you in this case support or oppose the following options in the search for achieving Palestinian rights? (Truman/PCPSR, October 2010)

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

Support
68.9%
Oppose
28.2%
DK/NA
2.8%

Unilaterally declare the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Support
53.8%
Oppose
43.6%
DK/NA
2.5%

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

Support
26.9%
Oppose
70.6%
DK/NA
2.5%

Resort to popular non-violent and unarmed resistance.

Support
50.4%
Oppose
47.8%
DK/NA
1.8%

Return to armed intifada and confrontations.

Support
41.3%
Oppose
56.8%
DK/NA
2.0%

Dissolve the Palestinian Authority.

Support
40.0%
Oppose
56.7%
DK/NA
3.4%

Now, over 40 years after the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and 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? (Truman/PCPSR, October 2010)

Non-existent
25.0%
Low
41.8%
Medium
28.2%
High
3.3%
DK/NA
1.8%

In your opinion is it possible or impossible to reach these days a final status settlement with Israel? (Truman/PCPSR, October 2010)

Possible
27.1%
Impossible
71.1%
DK/NA
1.8%

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 negotiations 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 support or oppose this plan? (Truman Institute/PCPSR)

 
June 2009
August 2009
December 2009
October 2010
Support
57%
64%
68%
57.3%
Oppose
40%
34%
30%
38.4%

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 Jewish state and Palestine as the state of the Palestinian people. Do you agree or disagree with this proposal? (Truman Institute/PCPSR, October 2010)

Agree
49.2%
Disagree
48.3%
DK/NA
2.5%

Do you support or oppose the PA's engagement in direct talks with the Israeli Government? (An-Najah, September 2010)

Support
56.7%
Oppose
38.4%
No opinion/Don't know
4.8%

Do you expect failure or success of the direct talks between the PA and the Israeli Government? (An-Najah, September 2010)

Success
23.1%
Failure
67.9%
No opinion/Don't know
9.0%

Follow up: If you expect that the direct talks will fail, who do you think will be the party responsible from the failure?

The Palestinian Authority
10.5%
The Israeli Government
63.3%
The United States
20.9%
No opinion/Don't know
5.2%

Do you support or oppose conducting talks between the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli Government if Israel continues building settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem? (An-Najah, September 2010)

Support
15.0%
Oppose
81.9%
No opinion/Don't know
3.2%

Do you accept the creation of a Palestinian state on the area of the 1967 borders as a final solution for the Palestinian problem? (An-Najah, September 2010)

Yes
52.2%
No
43.6%
No opinion/Don't know
3.8%

Do you accept the creation of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders with some land exchange as a final solution for the Palestinian problem? (An-Najah, September 2010)

Yes
32.9%
No
62.9%
No opinion/Don't know
4.2%

What form do you envision the final solution of the Palestinian problem will take? (An-Najah, September 2010)

A comprehensive solution
66.4%
A piecemeal solution (on stages)
28.4%
No opinion/Don't know
5.2%

Do you support or oppose making Jerusalem a capital for two states: Palestine and Israel? (An-Najah, September 2010)

Support
19.4%
Oppose
78.0%
No opinion/Don't know
2.6%

With regards to responsibility for the lack of progress in the peace process, please indicate what issues you consider to be very significant, of some significance, of little significance, or no significance or I don't know. (AWRAD, August 2010)

 
Very Significant
Of Some Significance
Of Little Significance
Of No Significance
I don't know
The United States because of their lack of commitment to a Palestinian state
69.4%
14.1%
9.2%
5.0%
2.3%
The Israeli people because they are not ready to make peace
69.3%
16.2%
6.7%
5.9%
1.9%
The Palestinian people because they are divided by the political differences of Hamas and Fateh
68.4%
14.7%
5.7%
9.4%
1.8%
Arab governments because they are divided on the future of Palestine
62.8%
19.2%
9.7%
6.2%
2.1%
The United Nations because of failure to implement its resolutions
61.5%
18.0%
10.9%
6.9%
2.7%
The Quartet because it is ineffective
58.6%
19.1%
11.0%
6.6%
4.8%
The Israeli public because of their refusal to accept 1967 borders
57.4%
21.0%
10.9%
6.7%
4.0%
The Palestinian government because they are too weak to compromise
51.4%
20.9%
12.7%
11.2%
3.7%
The Israeli government because they are too weak to compromise
22.2%
13.3%
16.3%
39.6%
8.6%

With regards to the peace process and reaching a final status agreement, which issues do you consider to be very significant, of some significance, of little significance, or no significance or I don't know? (AWRAD, August 2010)

 
Very Significant
Of Some Significance
Of Little Significance
Of No Significance
I don't know
Establishing an independent and sovereign Palestinian state
91.7%
5.9%
1.1%
0.9%
0.5%
The status of Jerusalem
91.0%
6.5%
1.6%
0.5%
0.4%
Security for Palestine
86.2%
10.4%
2.5%
0.4%
0.6%
The rights of refugees
83.2%
10.7%
4.5%
0.9%
0.6%
Settlements in the Occupied Territories
81.3%
12.8%
4.3%
0.9%
0.6%
Agreeing to borders for Palestine
80.2%
14.0%
3.4%
1.7%
0.7%
Rights to natural resources (water and air)
79.7%
12.6%
6.1%
1.0%
0.6%
The management of holy sites
79.2%
16.0%
3.5%
0.5%
0.8%
Peace between Israel and the Arab World
45.7%
16.6%
15.3%
18.7%
3.7%

With regards to rebuilding confidence in the peace process, please indicate which of the following options you consider to be essential, desirable, acceptable, tolerable or unacceptable. (AWRAD, August 2010)

 
Essential
Desirable
Acceptable
Tolerable
Unacceptable
Israel should remove all check points
88.0%
9.1%
1.8%
0.6%
0.4%
Israel should demolish the wall
87.7%
7.7%
2.2%
1.2%
1.2%
Israel should freeze settlements in the West Bank
86.5%
9.1%
2.1%
0.8%
1.5%
Israel and Egypt should lift the siege of Gaza
79.6%
11.6%
4.1%
3.0%
1.7%
Israel should release Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Gilad Shalit
71.5%
14.4%
6.5%
3.5%
4.0%
The Obama Administration should place a high priority on Middle East peace
65.0%
21.2%
6.3%
2.8%
4.7%
The EU and U.S. should work with Egypt to end conflict between Hamas and Fateh
47.8%
28.7%
10.7%
5.2%
7.5%
The Arab League should keep pushing for the Arab Peace Initiative
45.1%
25.5%
15.0%
7.6%
6.8%
Resist occupation through violence to achieve a state
36.7%
18.7%
16.8%
14.0%
13.7%
Achieve a state through negotiations
31.4%
24.3%
17.2%
12.5%
14.5%
If there is no agreement, have an internationally supervised truce for 5 years
26.9%
21.2%
19.0%
15.3%
17.6%
Resist occupation through non-violent civil disobedience to achieve a state
26.9%
22.2%
17.8%
11.1%
21.9%
Armed groups should stop firing rockets from Gaza
25.9%
17.3%
15.7%
12.7%
28.4%
Palestinians should continue a unilateral ceasefire to put pressure on Israel
19.3%
16.6%
14.5%
12.7%
36.9%
Hamas should recognize Israel if Israel agrees to withdraw from the Occupied Territories
16.5%
13.8%
16.2%
17.0%
36.5%
Israel should be allowed to build the wall on the 1967 border
9.5%
6.2%
7.4%
12.7%
64.2%

Do you support direct talks between Israel and the PA? (AWRAD, July 2010)

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza Strip
Yes
47.6%
51.0%
41.9%
No
46.6%
40.8%
56.1%
Don't know
5.9%
8.2%
2.0%

The truce agreement between Hamas and Israel will expire in September 2010, do you think that Hamas should: (AWRAD, July 2010)

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza Strip
Renew the agreement
66.1%
65.4%
67.3%
Allow the agreement to expire without renewal
25.7%
24.2%
28.3%
Don't know
8.2%
10.4%
4.5%

After the expiration of the truce agreement, do you believe that Hamas and other groups in Gaza should return to the use of missiles against targets in Israel? (AWRAD, July 2010)

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza Strip
Yes
25.5%
19.5%
35.4%
No
67.6%
70.8%
62.4%
Don't know
6.9%
9.7%
2.2%

Do you anticipate that the indirect Israeli-Palestinian negotiations will succeed or fail in reaching an agreement of permanent peace? (PCPO, July 2010)

Certainly, they will succeed
1.5%
They will succeed
36.6%
They will fail
41.1%
They will surely fail
11.4%
No opinion/Don't know
9.4%

Do you expect the realization of a peace agreement between the Palestinians and Israelis next year? (PCPO, July 2010)

Yes
4.4%
Likely
47.2%
No
45.8%
Don't know
2.5%

Do you think the Israelis are concerned about making peace with the Palestinians? (PCPO, July 2010)

Yes
10.9%
To some extent
32.3%
No
53.3%
Don't know
3.6%

Assuming the negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis would fail, do you expect the outbreak of a third Intifada? (PCPO, July 2010)

Yes
31.9%
No
50.7%
Don't know
17.3%

Do you think that the Palestinians must renounce their right of home return, which Israel will never accept, in exchange for having an independent Palestinian state and the conclusion of a peace deal with Israel? (PCPO, July 2010)

Yes, the Palestinians must do that
14.0%
No, they shouldn't do that even if the price would be the non-conclusion of a peace deal with Israel
81.7%
I have no opinion
4.3%

If the Palestinian leadership would waive the right of home return in exchange for financial compensation, would you accept or refuse that? (PCPO, July 2010)

I would accept that
13.1%
I would refuse that
81.8%
Don't know
5.1%

Do you support or oppose the signing of a peace treaty with Israel? (WAFA-PLO News Agency, April 2010)

Support
63%
Oppose
37%

Do you think Hamas should change its position calling for the elimination of Israel? (WAFA-PLO News Agency, April 2010)

Change its position
68%
Uphold its position
32%

Do you support or oppose the peace negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis? (PCPO, March 2010)

Support
58.0%
Oppose
34.1%
I don't know
7.9%

Do you support or oppose the outbreak of a third Intifada? (PCPO, March 2010)

In favor of
22.8%
Opposed to
72.2%
Refuse to answer
5.0%

What is your attitude regarding the re-firing of Al-Qassam rockets from Gaza at Israel? (PCPO, March 2010)

In favor of
29.1%
Opposed to
62.2%
I don't know
8.9%

According to your opinion, if Israel would agree to freeze the settlement activity for four months in East Jerusalem in order to resume the indirect talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis, would you support or oppose that? (PCPO, March 2010)

Support
60.8%
Oppose
29.5%
I don't know
9.7%

Do you that chances for the establishment of an independent Palestinian State next to the State of Israel in the next five years are 'non-existent or low' or 'medium or high'? (Truman Research Institute/PCPSR)

 
March 2009
December 2009
Non-existent or low
73%
68%
Medium or high
24%
31%

Do you currently think it is possible for Israel and the Palestinians to reach a final status settlement? (Truman Institute/PCPSR, December 2009)

Possible
32%
Impossible
67%

Which of the following is the best solution to the conflict? (Truman Institute/PCPSR, December 2009)

Two-state solution: the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel
64%
One state shared by Palestinians and Israelis in all the area west of the Jordan River
20%

Do you support or oppose the 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 a state of the Jewish people and Palestine as the state of the Palestinian people? (Truman Research Institute/PCPSR)

 
August 2009
December 2009
Support
49%
53%
Oppose
49%
46%

Do you accept or reject yielding to American pressure to accept and implement the Arab (Saudi) Peace Initiative? (Truman Institute/PCPSR)

 
December 2008
August 2009
Accept
56%
58%
Reject
39%
39%

Follow up: What do you believe the other side's response to such pressure would be? (Truman Institute/PCPSR)

 
December 2008
August 2009
Israel will accept such pressure
49%
46%
Israel will reject such pressure

43%

49%

Do you think that the policy of US President Obama will increase or reduce the chances of reaching a just peace between the Palestinians and Israelis? (Jerusalem Media & Communications Center, June 2009)

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza
It will increase the chances
35.4%
36.3%
33.9%
It will reduce the chances
11.5%
12.1%
10.5%
It won't make any difference
49.1%
46.8%
53.1%
Don't know
3.2%
3.9%
1.8%
No answer
0.8%
0.9%
0.7%

Do you think that the presence of the Likud Government headed by Netanyahu has a positive or a negative impact on the chances of achieving peace with the Arabs and Palestinians? (Jerusalem Media & Communications Center, June 2009)

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza
It has a positive impact
7.6%
7.9%
7.1%
It has a negative impact
61.1%
62.2%
59.2%
It has no impact whatsoever
31.1%
29.6%
33.7%
No answer
0.2%
0.3%
0.0%

To what extent do you support the Arab Peace Initiative? (Jerusalem Media & Communications Center, June 2009)

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza
Strongly support
18.1%
17.4%
19.4%
Somewhat support
51.3%
52.8%
48.7%
Somewhat oppose
16.6%
14.1%
21.0%
Strongly oppose
9.8%
10.5%
9.6%
Don't know
3.7%
5.0%
1.3%
No answer
0.5%
0.2%
0.0%

On final status options for Israel and Palestine (OneVoice Movement, April 22, 2009)

 
Essential
Desirable
Acceptable
Tolerable
Unacceptable
1. Historic Palestine - From the Jordanian river to the sea as an Islamic Waqf
59%
12%
7%
5%
12%
2. Historic Palestine - From the Jordanian river to the sea
71%
11%
5%
3%
7%
3. One joint state - A state in which Israelis and Palestinians are equal citizens
18%
13%
10%
12%
43%
4. One shared state - Bi-national federal state in which Israelis and Palestinians share power
8%
7%
7%
12%
59%
5. Two state solution - Two states for two peoples: Israel and Palestine
38%
15%
10%
11%
24%
6. Political status quo with economic development of Palestinian/the West Bank/Gaza (territories)
32%
10%
8%
8%
40%
7. Confederation between West Bank and Jordan and between Gaza and Egypt
12%
7%
7%
5%
65%

Do you expect that negotiations with the new government will be more successful in ending settlement expansion and bringing peace or do you expect settlements to continue to expand and peace efforts to fail? (Truman Research Institute/PCPSR, March 1-7, 2009)

Negotiations will be more successful in ending settlement expansion and bringing peace
7%
Settlements will continue to expand and peace efforts will fail
62%

Do you support or oppose return to Palestinian-Israeli final status negotiations before an Israeli freeze on settlement activity? (Truman Research Institute/PCPSR, March 1-7, 2009)

Support
38%
Oppose
58%

Do you support or oppose the renewal of the cease fire in Gaza? (Truman Research Institute/PCPSR, March 1-7, 2009)

Support
75%
Oppose
23%

What is your attitude towards peace negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, January 25-31, 2009)

Strongly favor
20.6%
Somewhat favor
53.6%
Somewhat oppose
11.5%
Strongly oppose
12.7%
I don't know
2.2%

What is your attitude towards a Palestinian-Israeli cease-fire at present? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, January 25-31, 2009)

Strongly favor
49.3%
Somewhat favor
38.9%
Somewhat oppose
5.8%
Strongly oppose
4.0%
I don't know
1.9%

 


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