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Palestinian Public Opinion Polls:
Attitudes about Peace with Israel

(Updated August 2014)


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


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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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