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Palestinian Public Opinion Polls:
Attitudes about Peace with Israel

(Updated August 2015)


Palestinian Polls: Table of Contents | On Palestinian Society | On Internal Politics


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Do you support or oppose the return to negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis?
 (IMRA, July 29, 2015)

 
Support
48.8%
Oppose
46.2%
Don't know/No Answer
5%

20 years after Oslo, do you feel Palestinians are further from or closer to acheiving their goal of a Palestinian state?
 (IMRA, July 29, 2015)

 
Closer
26.2%
Farther
61.9%
Don't know/No Answer
11.9%

How do you feel about Palestinian proposals for armed struggle and car attacks against the occupation?
(The Washington Institute, July 2015)

 
West Bank
Gaza Strip
Strongly support
23.4%
53%
Support
32.2%
30.5%
Oppose
28.7%
12.1%
Strongly oppose
15.8%
4.4%

Hamas should maintain a ceasefire with Israel in both Gaza and the West Bank. How do you feel about this statement?
(The Washington Institute, July 2015)

 
West Bank
Gaza Strip
Strongly agree
37%
45.6%
Somewhat agree
36.8%
37.4%
Somewhat disagree
18.5%
10.1%
Strongly disagree
7.6%
6.9%

Do you support or oppose the Saudi Peace Plan?
(PCPSR, June 2015)

 
June 2015 Israelis 
June 2015 Palestinians
December 2014 Israelis 
December 2014 Palestinians
Support
21%
52%
27%
43%
Oppose
67%
44%
63%
53%

What is your expectation for the immediate future?
(PCPSR, June 2015)

 
Israelis 
Palestinians
The two sides will return to negotiations
6%
27%
The two sides will return to negotiations but some armed attacks will occur
28%
29%
The two sides will not return to negotiations and some armed attacks will occur
43%
20%
The two sides will not return to negotiations and no armed attacks will occur
8%
18%

What do you consider to be the long-term aspirations of the Palestinian Authority and the PLO?
(PCPSR, June 2015)

 
Regain some of the territories captured in the 1967 war
38%
Regain all of the territories captured in the 1967 war
30%
Conquer Israel, regain control of pre-1948 Palestine
13%
Conquer Israel, destroy the Jewish population
10%

What do you consider to be Israel's long-term aspirations?
(PCPSR, June 2015)

 
To extend it's border to cover all areas between the Jordan river and Mediterranean sea and expel all Arab citizens
56%
Annex the West Bank, deny basic rights to Palestinians
25%
Following the gaurantee of it's security, withdraw from some of the territories occupied since 1967
6%
Following the gaurantee of it's security, withdraw from all of the territories occupied since 1967
11%

After Netanyahu's declaration refusing the two-state solution and after the halting of the peace process, what are the steps that you would prefer that the Palestinians should take?
(IMRA, March 31, 2015)

 
Yes
No
Don't know
Submit a petition to the UN to recognize a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders
72.2%
22.1%
5.2%
Nonviolent and unarmed popular resistance
38.8%
54.3%
6.9%
Call for a one-state solution, with Palestinians and Israelis
56.6%
35.8%
7.6%
Dissolve the PA
22.7%
71%
6.3%
Seek recourse at the ICC
32.2%
59.3%
8.5%
Start a new armed intifada and confrontation with the Israelis
73.5%
18.4%
8.2%

Do you expect the United States to exert pressure on Israel to return to the negotiation table and accept the two-state solution?
(IMRA, March 31, 2015)

 
Total
Yes
48.8%
No
43%
Don't know/decline to answer
8.2%

After Netanyahu declared during the recent Israeli elections that he does not support a solution based on the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, do you support or reject a return to the negotiation table?
(IMRA, March 31, 2015)

 
Total
Support negotiations
36.8%
Reject negotiations
56.3%
Don't know/decline to answer
6.9%

After the Netanyahu and Likud victory in the recent Israeli elections, do you expect a return to the negotiation table?
(IMRA, March 31, 2015)

 
Total
Yes
53.2%
No
37.8%
Don't know/decline to answer
9%

Do you support or reject ceasing security coordination between the PA and Israel?
(IMRA ,March 31, 2015)

 
Total
Support
56.7%
Reject
36.5%
Don't know/decline to answer
6.8%

Think of the future, when your children become your age. Do you think there will be peace at that time between Israelis and Palestinians?
(PCPO,March 2015)

 
Total
Certainly
2.7%
Likely
22.2%
Possibly
25.4%
Unlikely
12.9%
There will never be peace
25.9%
Don't know/decline to answer
10.9%

Do you support a return to peace negotiations with the Israelis under the present circumstances?
            (PCPO,November 2014, March 2015)

 
November 2014
March 2015
Yes
42.3%
30%
No
57.7%
41%
Don't Know/Refuse To Answer
-
29%

How would you evaluate the role Benjamin Netanyahu played, and still plays, in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process ? Was his role constructive or non-constructive?
            (PCPO, February 10, 2015)

 
Total
Very constructive
1.7%
Somewhat constructive
16.4%
Somewhat nonconstructive
25.1%
Very nonconstructive
47.4%
Don't know/decline to answer
8.7%

How would you evaluate the role the US played, and still plays, in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process ? Was its role constructive or non-constructive?
            (PCPO, February 10, 2015)

 
Total
Very constructive
1.6%
Somewhat constructive
16.7%
Somewhat nonconstructive
29.4%
Very nonconstructive
43.6%
Don't know/decline to answer
8.7%

What is your opinion on halting security coordination with Israel?
            (PCPO, February 10, 2015)

 
Total
Security coordination with Israel should be stopped
60.6%
Security coordination with Israel should continue
32.3%
Don't know/decline to answer
7.1%

Do you support a 2 state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
            (PCPO, November 2014)

 
Total
Yes
54.3%
No
45.7%

Do you anticipate a violent confrontation with the Israelis as a result of the escalating security deterioration in East Jerusalem?
            (PCPO, November 2014)

 
Total
Yes
50.0%
No
50.0%

Do you view the Swedish government's recognition of Palestine as a significant step in achieving peace?
            (PCPO, November 2014)

 
Total
Yes
89.3%
No
10.7%

Should Arabs and Muslims be able to visit Jerusalem?
            (PCPO, November 2014)

 
Total
Yes
60.2%
No
39.8%

In your opinion, what should be the 5 year political goal for Palestine?
            (Washington Institute for Near East Policy, June 2014)

 
Total
The goal should be to return to Historic Palestine to our hands, from the river to the sea.
60.3%
The goal should be to reach a 2 state solution and end the occupation of the West Bank.
27.3%
The goal should be to reach a 1 state solution in which Jews and Arabs are equal.
10.1%

In general, do you support or oppose the return to the peace negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis under the prevailing circumstances?
            (Palestinian Centre for Public Opinion, November 2013)

 
Total
I Oppose
56.3%
I Support
30.3%
I Don't Know
13.4%

What is the best method to achieve the Palestinian people's goal of ending occupation and establishing a state?
(Jerusalem Media & Communications Centre, November 2013)

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza
Peaceful Negotiations
32.3%
35.2%
27.6%
Armed Resistance
29.3%
22.2%
41.1%
Non-Violent Resistance
27.1%
29.5%
23.1%
Other/No Answer
11.3%
13%
8.2%

Which of the following solutions to the Arab-Israeli conflict do you prefer?
                (Jerusalem Media and Communications Center - March 2013; November 2013)

 
March 2013
November 2013
Two-state solution
52.4%
48.1%
Bi-national state
23.4%
21.3%
Palestinian State
10.8%
13.3%
Islamic State
2.0%
0.8%
Others/No Solution/Don't Know
11.4%
16.5%

What is your opinion of the Oslo agreement?
            (Jerusalem Media & Communications Centre, November 2013)

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza
Strongly Support
5.8%
5.2%
6.9%
Support
33.3%
31.3%
36.7%
Oppose
32.6%
29.7%
37.3%
Strongly Oppose
15.9%
18.3%
12.0%
No Answer
12.4%
15.5%
7.1%

Do you think the Oslo Accords served or harmed Palestinian national interests?
            (Jerusalem Media & Communications Centre, November 2013)

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza
Served National Interests
25.6%
23.5%
29.1%
Harmed National Interests
34.8%
34.4%
35.6%
Made No Difference
28.7%
28.8%
28.7%
Don't Know/No Answer
10.9%
13.3%
6.6%

Do you think it would have been better had the Oslo Accords never been signed?
            (Jerusalem Media & Communications Centre, November 2013)

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza
Better if Never Signed
37.6%
39.3%
34.7%
Signing was Better
45.8%
40.5%
54.7%
Don't Know/No Answer
16.6%
20.2%
10.6%

Will the Israelis and Palestinians stop the violence and return to the negotiating table?
                (Palestinian Center for Policy & Survey Research, June 2013)

Will return to negotiations; violence will stop
27%
Will return to negotiations; violence will not stop
31%
Will not return to negotiations; violence will stop
21%
Will not return to negotiations; violence will not stop
15%

Do you support or oppose the following plans and/or solutions to the Arab-Israeli conflict?
                (Palestinian Center for Policy & Survey Research, June 2013)

 
Support
Oppose
Two-state solution
53%
46%
One binational state solution
30%
69%
Saudi Peace Plan
56%
41%
Mutual Recognition of National Identity
42%
56%

In your opinion, what is the best way to achieve an end to the occupation and a Palestinian state?
            (Jerusalem media and Communications Center, March 2013)

 
Total
Peaceful Negotiations
36.8%
Non-violent resistance leading to a peaceful popular Intifada
30.4%
Armed resistance
25.4%

How optimistic or pessimistic are you towards reaching a peaceful settlement for the Arab-Israeli conflict?
                (Jerusalem Media and Communications Center, March 2013)

Total
West Bank
Gaza
Very optimistic
2.5
1.7
4.0
Optimistic
32.9
35.0
29.3
Pessimistic
39.4
36.6
44.2
Very pessimistic
23.2
24.2
21.4
Don’t know/No answer
2.0
2.5
1.1

Do you support or oppose continued military operations against Israeli targets?
                (Jerusalem Media and Communications Center, March 2013)

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza
Support as appropriate response under current political conditions
31.1
28.8
35.1
Oppose and believe they harm Palestinian national interests
60.2
61.4
58.1
Other/Don’t know/No answer
8.7
9.8
6.8

Do you think the security cooperation with Israel benefits the Palestinians?
                (Jerusalem Media and Communications Center, March 2013)

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza
Benefits the Palestinians
33.8
34.2
33.0
Does not benefit the Palestinians
59.2
57.1
62.8
No answer
7.0
8.7
4.2

Should security cooperation with Israel be stopped even if that would lead to an increase of Israeli army incursions into area A?
                (Jerusalem Media and Communications Center, March 2013)

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza
Security cooperation should stop
55.4
52.1
61.2
Security cooperation should continue
33.3
35.6
29.3
No answer
11.3
12.3
9.5

Independent Media Review Analysis (September 21, 2011)

When asked how the Palestinians can force Israel to withdraw from the territories, if the UN recognizes the Palestinian state...

Think peaceful non-violent resistance can force Israelis to withdraw
37%
Think armed attacks on army and settlers will force Israelis to withdraw
26%
Think negotiations with Israel can bring it to withdraw
30%

Would you join large peaceful demonstrations in the West Bank and Jerusalem if they were to take place after the recognition of the Palestinian state?

Yes
54%
No
44%

When asked what the Palestinian Authority should do after the UN recognizes the Palestinian state in September...

Think the PA President and government should enforce Palestinian sovereignty over all the territories of the West Bank, for example by opening roads in area C, start building an airport in the Jordan Valley, and deploy Palestinian security forces in area C even if this leads to confrontations with the Israeli army and settlers
75%
Think the PA should not do that
21%
Think the PA should insist on assuming control over the Allenby Bridge terminal from the Israeli side even if this leads to the closure of the terminal
73%
Think the PA should not do that
23%
Think that Israel's goals are to extend its borders to cover all the area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea and expel its Arab citizens
58%
Think that Israel's goals are to annex the West Bank while denying political rights to the Palestinians
19%
Think that Israel's aspirations in the long run are to withdraw from part or all of the territories occupied in 1967  

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