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Palestinian Public Opinion:
Attitudes about the U.S.

(Updated 2014)


Palestinian Polls: Table of Contents | On Arab World | On Internal Politics


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Is the U.S. more of a partner, more of an enemy, or neither? Percent responding Enemy
            (Pew, 2013)
Palestinian Territories
76%
Pakistan
64%
Turkey
49%
Lebanon
46%
Venezuela
39%
Tunisia
31%
Jordan
29%
Russia
26%
Egypt
26%
Argentina
23%
Germany
3%
Canada
3%
Japan
2%
France
2%
El Salvador
2%
Czech Republic
2%
Britain
2%
Australia
2%
Senegal
1%
Israel
1%

Do you worry that the United States could become a military threat to your country someday?
     (Pew)

 
2007
2009
2011
Very/Somewhat worried
73%
75%
91%

How much confidence do you have in U.S. President Barack Obama?
     (Pew, May 2011)

Not too much/No confidence
84%
A lot/Some confidence
14%

Do approve or disapprove of U.S. President Barack Obama's handling of each of the following issues?
     (Pew, May 2011)

 
Approve
Disapprove
Calls for political change in the Middle East
33%
63%
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict
13%
84%
Iran
16%
80%

How would you describe your attitudes toward the Obama Administration policy in the Middle East?
     (PCPO, October 2010)

Hopeful
15.0%
Neither discouraged nor hopeful
50.7%
Discouraged
34.3%

When you look back at the past year of the Obama Administration, which one of the following policies are you most disappointed with?
     (PCPO, October 2010)

Palestine/Israel
46.8%
Iraq
13.8%
Attitudes toward Islam
18.2%
Afghanistan
8.6%
Human rights
6.2%
Spreading democracy
3.9%
Economic assistance
2.5%

Do you think that the United States will exert pressure on Israel to lead the direct talks to a successful end?
     (An-Najah, September 2010)

Yes
33.4%
No
60.5%
No opinion/Don't know
6.0%

Do you think, in general, the United States of America strongly supports, somewhat supports, somewhat doesn't support or doesn't support at all Israel? (PCPO, July 12, 2010)

Supports
93.1%
Doesn't support
5.0%
Don't know
1.9%

Do you think that US President Obama's policy is more supportive of Israel or the Palestinians?
     (Truman Institute/PCPSR)

 
August 2009
December 9-15, 2009
More supportive of the Israelis
64%
69%
More supportive of the Palestinians
7%
3%
Supportive of both sides equally
23%
22%

Do you believe that the US has abandoned its demand from Israel to implement a comprehensive freeze on settlement construction?
     (Truman Institute/PCPSR, December 10-12, 2009)

Believe
55%
Do not believe
39%

Do you support or oppose unconditional return to negotiations, as requested by the US, before Israel implements a comprehensive freeze on settlement construction that would include East Jerusalem? (Truman Institute/PCPSR, December 10-12, 2009)

Support
30%
Oppose
68%

What do you want the US's future role in the conflict to be?
     (Truman Institute/PCPSR)

 
December 2008
August 2009
The US should play a more active role
57%
61%
The US should not intervene
35%
29%
The US should continue to play its current role in the peace process
4%
6%

If the US does play a more active role, do you expect this involvement will be a success or a failure?
     (Truman Institute/PCPSR)

 
December 2008
August 2009
Will be successful
49%
56%
Will be a failure
30%
26%
Will have no impact
16%
15%

Do you think Israel or the Palestinians would benefit more if the US intervened strongly in the peace process?
     (Truman Institute/PCPSR)

 
December 2008
August 2009
Israel would benefit more
66%
61%

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%

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