Palestinian Public Opinion


How likely is it that there will be peace with the Israelis in the near future? (Source: PCPO)

 
January 6, 2002
September 23, 2002
February 9, 2004
Very likely
4.5
12.5
7.8
Somewhat likely
26.5
29.7
40.9
Somewhat unlikely
17.3
15.9
25.0
Very unlikely
29.1
31.1
15.7
Refused - do not read
22.6
10.8
10.6

Some people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip support suicidal attacks in Israel, while others support a halt to such attacks now. Which is closer to your opinion:

 
November 20, 2002
March 27, 2003
September 30, 2003
February 9, 2004
Such attacks must halt
29.8
43.0
27.2
35.4
Such attacks must continue
45.3
38.3
54.9
30.7
Refuse to answer/do not know
24.9
18.7
17.9
33.9

Please, express your degree of support to Mr. Ahmed Qre' (Source: PCPO)

  November 12, 2003 February 9, 2004
Strongly agree
18.4
3.2
Somewhat agree
41.9
32.5
Somewhat disagree
16.4
29.9
Strongly disagree
12.0
15.9
No opinion
11.3
18.5

Do you or not believe that if the Israeli government's taking serious and sincere measures to lift the siege and security belt on the Palestinian territories will alleviate violence? (Source: PCPO)

  November 20, 2002 April 14, 2003 September 30, 2003 November 12, 2003 February 9, 2004
Yes
28.7
26.8
23.2
35.4
26.8
To some extent
35.8
46.0
43.1
28.8
30.8
No
25.8
18.0
25.4
26.6
35.0
Do not know
9.7
9.2
8.3
9.2
7.4

How do you generally evaluate the present performance of the Palestinian authority? (Source: PCPO)

  December 22, 2003 February 9, 2004
Very good
5.4
1.7
Good
17.9
17.0
Not good, but not bad
27.4
25.9
Bad
15.2
15.7
Very bad
27.7
32.7
No opinion
6.4
7.0

If elections in the Palestinian territories were being held today, which political party would you vote for? (PCPO, May 22 - 28, 2002)

1. People's party 2.6%
2. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) 9.4%
3. FATAH 30.7%
4. Hamas 18.3%
5. The democratic Front For the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) 4.1%
6. Islamic Jihad 6.5%
7. FIDA 2.5%
8. Independents 8.6%
9. Other, please specify 2.1%
10.None of the above . 15.2%

To what extent do you agree or disagree with the notion that says that starting honest and serious negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis will bring peace to the region? (PCPO, May 22 - 28, 2002)

1. Strongly agree 16.5%
2. Somewhat agree 33.6%
3. Somewhat disagree 16.0%
4. Strongly disagree 24.5%
5. Do not know / no opinion. 9.4%

Do you or not see a possibility for both Israelis and Palestinians to coexist peacefully together after a Palestinian state alongside with Israel had been established: (PCPO, May 22 - 28, 2002)

1. Yes 34.3%
2. No 45.2%
3. Do not Know 20.5%

Do you or not believe that both Israelis and Palestinians have the right to live in peace and security: (PCPO, May 22 - 28, 2002)

1. Yes 50.8%
2. No 35.5%
3. Do not know 13.7%

Some people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip support suicide attacks in Israel, while others support a halt to such attacks now. Which is closer to your opinion: (PCPO, May 22 - 28, 2002)

1. Attacks must halt 30.8%
2. Attacks must continue 54.0%
3. Refuse to answer / do not know 15.2%

Do you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose the notion that says that the political process (i.e. peace process) is the best thing we can get under the current conditions (i.e. international changes): (PCPO, May 22 - 28, 2002)

1. Strongly support 19.6%
2. Somewhat support 30.6%
3. Somewhat oppose 11.4%
4. Strongly oppose 29.0%
5. Do not know / no opinion. 9.4%

Some people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip support the continuation of the Intifada, while others call for a halt to it. Which of these two opinions is closer to yours? (PCPO)

  November 27, 2000 May 22-28, 2002 June 30, 2003 September 30, 2003 November 12, 2003 February 9, 2004
Continuing of the Intifada 73.0 50.0 44.9 56.3 42.6 35.2
Halting the Intifada 19.6 38.4 37.0 30.9 44.5 39.8
Do not know / refuse to answer 7.4 11.6 18.1 12.8 12.9 25.0

Forty months months back, the time when the current Al-Aqsa Intifada broke out, do you believe that it served or harmed Palestinian interests? (PCPO)

  November 20, 2000 May 28, 2002 April 14, 2003 September 30, 2003 November 12, 2003 February 9, 2004
Considerably served 13.1 18.4 12.6 14.1 13.9 8.8
Somewhat served 28.4 32.2 33.8 32.8 35.4 29.1
Somewhat harmed 15.8 14.9 17.1 17.2 18.1 15.8
Considerably harmed 25.1 23.7 21.8 23.0 18.7 21.6
No opinion 17.4 10.8 14.7 12.9 13.9 24.8

Do you support the Saudi peace initiative that calls for having two states alongside with each other, Palestine and Israel, and to have Israel withdraw to pre - 1967 borders, as well as to establish a comprehensive peace between Israel and the Arab countries, even if it did not mention the right of return for Palestinian refugees in Israel? (PCPO, May 22 - 28, 2002)

1. Support 24.1%
2. Oppose 63.3%
3. Do not know 12.3%

If the PA gives order to Fatah Tanzeem and other organizations indirectly linked to the PA's security services to hand over their weapons for confiscation or destruction. What do you believe they should do? (PCPO, May 22 - 28, 2002)

1. To hand over their weapons for confiscation and destruction. 12.1%
2. To hide their weapons 50.1%
3. Do nothing 37.8%

Do you see that the Palestinian political discourse now i.e. after the Israeli incursion: (PCPO, May 22 - 28, 2002)

1. Conforms with the Intifada 19.1%
2. Ahead of the Intifada 18.7%
3. Lags behind the Intifada 52.4%
4. Do not know 9.8%

Do you support or oppose the current peace process between Palestinians and Israelis? (The Center for Palestine Research & Studies Public Opinion)

February 2000 April 2000
Support 70% 71%
Oppose 26% 25%
No Opinion 4% 4%

Do you trust the intentions of the Israeli government headed by Barak toward reaching an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement? (The Center for Palestine Research & Studies Public Opinion)

February 2000 April 2000
Yes 14% 13%
No 76% 77%
No Opinion 10% 11%

Regarding the permanent status negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli sides over Jerusalem, refugees, borders, and settlements, I believe - (The Center for Palestine Research & Studies Public Opinion)

February 2000 April 2000
There is a possibility to reach a solution acceptable to the two parties 31% 33%
There is no possibility to reach a solution acceptable to the two parties 58% 59%
No Opinion 11% 8%

Do you expect the current peace process to lead to the establishment of a Palestinian State in the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the coming years? (The Center for Palestine Research & Studies Public Opinion)

April 2000
Yes 46%
No 28%
No Opinion 26%

The deadline for reaching a permanent Israeli-Palestinian settlement ends on September 13th 2000. Some people see the necessity of transforming the PA into a Palestinian State at that date even if Israel objects. Others argue that the establishment of the state should wait until an agreement is reached with Israel. What do you think? (The Center for Palestine Research & Studies Public Opinion)

April 2000
Support waiting until reaching an agreement with Israel 38%
Support establishing a Palestinian State right after the end of the deadline of 13 September 2000 49%
No Opinion/DK 7%
Others 5%

Following the peace process and the implementation of autonomy, your economic situation and standard of living have become? (The Center for Palestine Research & Studies Public Opinion)

April 2000
Better 9%
Worse 53%
Stayed the Same 38%
Don't Know 1%

Do you think there is corruption in PA institution? (The Center for Palestine Research & Studies Public Opinion)

February 2000 April 2000
Yes 60% 71%
No 20% 14%
Not Sure 20% 16%

If you want to evaluate the status of democracy and human rights under the Palestinian Authority, you would say it is: (The Center for Palestine Research & Studies Public Opinion)

February 2000 April 2000
Very good 4% 3%
Good 24% 20%
Fair 30% 35%
Bad 19% 24%
Very Bad 15% 12%
Don't Know 8% 6%

Concerning the armed struggle against Israeli targets, I (The Center for Palestine Research & Studies Public Opinion)

February 2000 April 2000
Support 39% 44%
Oppose 53% 49%
No Opinion 8% 7%

Source: Center for Palestine Research & Studies (CPRS)