Palestinian Attitudes on Terrorism


See also Palestinian Attitudes About Peace with Israel
Palestinian Attitudes Toward The Gaza Disengagement Plan
Palestinian Opinion on the Post-Arafat Era

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

I'm strongly in favor of that
13.0%
I'm somewhat in favor of that
33.2%
I somewhat oppose that
20.7%
I strongly oppose that
28.7%
Don't know
4.4%

Do suicide bombings do more harm or benefit to Palestinian national interests? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, February 22-March 5, 2008)

Harm national interests
49.1%
Benefit national interests
40.1%
Decline to answer
10.8%

Should suicide bombings inside Israeli territory be halted or continue? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, February 22-March 5, 2008)

Halted
49.4%
Continued
40.2%
Decline to answer
10.3%

Do you consider acts such as the kidnapping of foreigners, the burning of internet cafe's, and the bombing of foreign schools as criminal acts deserving condemnation, or as nationlistic acts deserving support? (Truman Center/PSR, June 12-20, 2007)

Criminal acts
82%
Nationalist acts
3%
Both
2%

Is the conflict in Gaza between factions or individuals? (Near East Consulting, May 22 and 24 2007)

Between Fateh and Hamas
44%
Between individual people
56%

Do you support or oppose the firing of rockets into Israel by Palestinian factions? (Near East Consulting, May 22 and 24 2007)

Support
51%
Oppose
49%

Does firing rockets into Israel provide any real benefit to the Palestinians? (Near East Consulting, May 22 and 24 2007)

Yes
34%
No
66%

Palestinian factions blaimed for violence in the Gaza Strip: (Near East Consulting, May 22 and 24 2007)

Mainly Hamas
21%
Mainly Fateh
15%
I blame both equally
64%

Do you support or oppose releasing Alan Johnston without conditions? (Near East Consulting, May 22 and 24 2007)

Support
84%
Oppose
16%

How do you feel towards suicide bombing operations against Israeli civilians? Do you support them, or oppose them? (Jerusalem Media & Communications Center, February 2006)    

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza

 

N= 1200

N= 760

N= 440

Strongly support

22.4

19.7

27.0

Somewhat support

33.8

31.4

38.0

Somewhat oppose

24.3

24.7

23.4

Strongly oppose

16.4

20.4

9.5

No answer

3.1

3.8

2.1

Do you support the resumption of the military operations against Israeli targets as a suitable response within the current political conditions, or do you oppose them and find them harmful to Palestinians national interests? (Jerusalem Media & Communications Center, February 2006)

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza

 

N= 1200

N= 760

N= 440

Suitable response within the

current political conditions

43.8

42.1

46.8

I oppose them and find them

harmful to Palestinian national

interests

51.5

52.5

49.8

Others

0.3

0.3

0.2

Don’t know

2.8

3.4

1.6

no answer

1.6

1.7

1.6

Hamas has executed violent operations against Israeli targets inside Israel and in the West Bank and Gaza strip against civilians and against military troops, now and after Hamas victory in the PLC elections, do you believe that Hamas should continue with such operations or that it should halt them?(Jerusalem Media & Communications Center, February 2006)

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza

 

N= 1200

N= 760

N= 440

Hamas has to continue with its

operations

39.1

34.6

46.8

Hamas has to stop its operations

51.7

55.8

44.5

No answer

9.2

9.6

8.7

The PA president, Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, called upon the Islamic Resistance Movement “Hamas” to abandon violence and to hold a dialogue with Fateh saying that the atmosphere is appropriate now for conducting such a political dialogue, which is considered to be indispensable.  Do you agree with that, or not? (PCPO, June 6-11/2005)

Strongly agree
20.7%
Somewhat agree
54.6%
Somewhat disagree
13.8%
Strongly disagree
7.1%
Don’t know / refuse.
3.8%

The PA president, Mr. Abu Mazin, said that “the era of explosions (suicide attacks) is over and that this deadly style didn’t achieve neither the support of the Palestinian Authority nor that of the Palestinian people.”  Do you agree with this statement, or not?  (PCPO, June 6-11/2005)

Strongly agree
13.4%
Somewhat agree
40.0%
Somewhat disagree
28.0%
Strongly disagree
14.4%
Don’t know / refuse.
4.2%

Do you believe or not believe that violence will alleviate in the Palestinian territories if the Israeli government would take serious and sincere measures to lift the siege and security belt from the Palestinian territories? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion)

 
11/02
4/14/03
9/30/03
10/18/04
11/27/04
Believe
28.7%
26.8%
23.2%
35.7%
27.1%
Believe to some extent
35.8%
46.0%
43.1%
35.9%
47.8%
Don't believe
25.8%
18.0%
25.4%
35.9%
19.3%
Don't know
9.7%
9.2%
8.3%
6.1%
5.8%

Don't you think that Israel should coordinate and negotiate with the Palestinian Authority prior to the withdrawal from Gaza Strip in accordance with Sharon's plan? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, November 4 - 8, 2004)

Yes
57.7%
No
28.2%
Don't know
14.1%

A suicide bombing took place on 01.11.2004 at Tel Aviv's central market. Are you with or against such attacks? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, November 4 - 8, 2004)

with
54.5%
Against
33.1%
Don't know
12.4%

Are you pro or contra the halt of violence attacks against the Israelis inside the "green line" against the demolition of the separation wall by Israel? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, November 4 - 8, 2004)

Pro
47.9%
Contra
37.0%
Don't know
15.1%

Having the absence of President Yassir Arafat in the background, a certain percentage of people in the West Bank and Gaza strip agree to the halt of the suicide attacks inside Israel, whilst others agree to their continuity. Which of the following attitudes is next to your opinion? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, November 4 - 8, 2004)

the halt of the suicide attacks inside Israel.
37.9%
the continuity of the suicide attacks inside Israel
46.0%
don't know / refuse to answer
16.1%

In your opinion, were the people who flew planes into New York's World Trade Center ____? (PORI, September 2003)

  Israeli Jews Israeli Arabs Palestinians
Terrorists 96% 41% 37%
Martyrs 3% 8% 22%
Freedom Fighters -- 25% 14%
Don't know 1% 27% 27%

And who do you believe planned the 9/11 attacks against the United States? (PORI, September 2003)

  Israeli Jews Israeli Arabs Palestinians
Osama bin Laden 91% 34% 46%
Saddam Hussein 2% 1% 4%
The United States 1% 13% 6%
Israel -- 11% 26%
Someone Else 2% 2% 1%
Don't Know 5% 39% 18%

Terrorism is NEVER justified under any circumstances. (PORI, September 2003)

  Israeli Jews Israeli Arabs Palestinians
Strongly Agree 83% 58% 34%
Somewhat Agree 10% 11% 32%
Somewhat Disagree 4% 6% 18%
Strongly disagree 4% 22% 9%
Don't Know 1% 4% 7%

Hamas is a terrorist group. (PORI, September 2003)

  Israeli Jews Israeli Arabs Palestinians
Strongly agree 90% 16% 5%
Somewhat agree 8% 11% 8%
Somewhat disagree 1% 14% 14%
Strongly disagree -- 45% 67%
Don't Know 1% 15% 6%

[Hamas are freedom fighters.] (PORI, September 2003)

  Israeli Jews Israeli Arabs Palestinians
Strongly Agree -- 33% 51%
Somewhat Agree -- 26% 31%
Somewhat Disagree -- 10% 10%
Strongly Disagree -- 20% 5%
Don't Know -- 12% 4%

[Last year the Tulkarm Shahids Memorial Soccer Championship For Children was named After Abd Al-Al Baset Odeh, who killed 30 Israelis in a suicide bombing. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?] (PORI, September 2003)

  Israeli Jews Israeli Arabs Palestinians
A Good Thing -- 15% 71%
A Bad Thing -- 70% 13%
Don't Know -- 15% 17%

If the Ministry of Education wanted to name a youth soccer tournament after Baruch Goldstein who killed unarmed Palestinians in an attack, would that be a good ting or bad thing? (PORI, September 2003)

  Israeli Jews Israeli Arabs Palestinians
Good Thing 11% 4% --
Bad Thing 83% 91% --
Don't Know 7% 5% --

Do you consider Palestinian bombings of Israeli buses and restaurants to be acts of terrorism? (PORI, September 2003)

  Israeli Jews Israeli Arabs Palestinians
Yes 99% 57% 10%
No 1% 31% 79%
Don't Know -- 12% 11%

Do you consider attacks by Israelis against Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders to be acts of terrorism? (PORI, September 2003)

  Israeli Jews Israeli Arabs Palestinians
Yes 19% 76% 84%
No 79% 16% 10%
Don't Know 2% 9% 6%

Some say that the ideal way to achieve Palestinian national goals is through negotiations, others say through armed struggle, what is the opinion closer to your viewpoint? (Source: JMCC Poll, December 2002)

 
Total 
West Bank
Gaza Strip
N=1200
N=760
N=440
Negotiations
21.0
20.96
21.4 
Armed struggle
35.5
35.7
35.2
Negotiations and armed struggle
39.8
38.6
42.0
No answer 
3.7
4.8 
1.4

In general, do you support or oppose Arab participation in the "International Coalition Against Terrorism" led by the U.S.? (Source: IMRA, October 2001)

Don't support such participation under any circumstances 76.2
Yes, if the US becomes more involved in resolving the Palestinian issue in a just manner 15.7
Yes, definitely 3.6
Don't know 4.5

Do you think that attacks such as the ones in the U.S. are consistent with Arab interests? (Source: IMRA, October 2001)

Yes 43.3
No 47.8
Don't know/Not sure 8.9

The following questions were asked immediately after several terrorist attacks in late February and early March 1996

What was your feeling when you heard about the Hamas suicidal bombings [in late February/early March 1996]. Did you. (Source: JMCC Poll, March 1996).

  Total
Opposed them 65.0
Supported them 5.3
Opposed but understood the reason 14.7
Refused to answer 15.6

 

Do you believe that the Palestinian Authority (PA) should prevent such attacks? (Source: JMCC Poll, March 1996)

  Total
Yes 63.1
No 17.1
Refused to answer 19.8

Do you think that the PA should prevent such attacks by force or by persuation? (Source: JMCC Poll, March 1996)

(This question was asked only to those who said that the PA should prevent such attacks)

  Total
By force 2.4
By persuasion 50.0
Force and Persuasion 45.2
Refused to answer 2.4

Do you think that the PA is capable of preventing such attacks? (Source: JMCC Poll, March 1996)

  Total
PA is capable 28.1
PA is not capable 30.0
Refused to answer 41.9

Have you been exposed personally to provocations from Israelis as a result of the attack? (Source: JMCC Poll, March 1996)

  Total
Yes 31.6
No 65.8
Refused to answer 2.7

Are you afraid from revenge by Israelis? (Source: JMCC Poll, March 1996)

  Total
Yes, I am afraid 74.9
No, I am not afraid 19.8
Refused to answer 5.3

Are you afraid now from using Israeli buses? (Source: JMCC Poll, March 1996)

  Total
Yes 61.2
No 23.6
Refused to answer 15.2

Is your fear a result of the treatment of Israeli passengers or from explosions? (Source: JMCC Poll, March 1996)

(This question was asked only to those who said that they are afraid now from using Israeli buses)

  Total
Israeli Passengers 9.3
Explosions 24.9
Both 64.6
Refused to answer 1.2

Do you feel that the suicidal attacks contribute to the achievement of Palestinian National goals ? (Source: JMCC Poll, March 1996)

  Total
Yes 17.5
No 60.5
Refused to answer 22.0

To what extent do you support or oppose the idea of forming a national salvation authority through which Hamas can join in the ruling? (Source: JMCC, March 1999)

Total 
West Bank
Gaza Strip 
Support 
43.3
44.3
41.5
In between
37.7
34.0
44.1
Oppose
12.5
12.9
11.9
No answer
6.5
8.8
2.5

Which position serves Hamas best, Taking power , participating in the authority with other or not participating at all in the authority? (Source: JMCC, March 1999)  

Total 
West Bank
Gaza Strip 
Taking power
10.2
9.2
11.9
Participating the authority with others
59.4
62.3
54.3
Not participating at all
21.5
16.4
30.4
No answer
8.9
12.1
3.7

Fateh movement is considered the main party in the Authority while Hamas is considered the main opposition pole; to what extent do you believe in the possibility of any cooperation between them? (Source: JMCC Poll, April 2001)

Total 
West Bank
Gaza Strip 
Great opportunity
12.9
10.3
17.6
Small opportunity
54.7
56.4
51.8
No opportunity at all 
27.4
26.5
28.8
No answer
5.0
6.8
1.8

Do you believe that the wave of agitations and confrontations of last month was to benefit to the Palestinian cause? (Source: JMCC Poll, November 1996)

  Total West Bank Gaza Strip
The confrontations were beneficial to the Palestinian cause 77.2 72.8 83.6
The confrontations were not beneficial to the Palestinian cause 10.8 13.2 6.7
The confrontations were detrimental to the Palestinian cause 6.9 7.5 6.3
No answer 5.1 6.5 3.4

During and in the aftermath of the incidents last month, how do you evaluate the performance of the PNA in benefiting from them? (Source: JMCC Poll, November 1996)

  Total West Bank Gaza Strip
The PNA used these incidents in a manner beneficial to the Palestinian cause 56.5 54.6 61.2
The PNA did not use these incidents in a manner beneficial to the Palestinian cause 10.3 12.1 5.6
The PNA used them but not effectively 28.1 27.9 28.9
No answer 5.1 5.4 4.3

Some believe that the intervention of the Palestinian security forces in last month's confrontations was correct and the others believe that it was not. What is your opinion? (Source: JMCC Poll, November 1996)

  Total West Bank Gaza Strip
The intervention of the security forces was correct 90.2 88.0 94.2
The intervention of the security forces was not correct 4.8 5.3 3.8
Other 1.1 1.4 0.7
No answer 3.9 5.3 1.3

Do you think armed resistance against Israel is still legitimate under the current political situation? (Source: JMCC Poll, Palestinian Attitudes, June 1995)

  Total West Bank Gaza Strip
Yes 43.2 46.7 34.7
No 43.3 37.7 53.5
Other 2.1 1.5 3.2
No opinion 12.3 14.1 8.7

Do you support the continuation of military operations against Israeli targets as an adequate response to the current political conditions, or do you oppose it and see it as harmful to Palestinian national interests? (Source: JMCC Poll)

Total  (4/97)
Total (5/97) Total (4/01) Total (9/02)
West Bank  (4/97)
West Bank (5/97) West Bank (4/01) West Bank (9/02)
Gaza Strip  (4/97)
Gaza Strip (5/97) Gaza Strip (4/01) Gaza Strip (9/02)
Support military operations (within current political conditions)
39.8%
34.2 35.7 69.5
41.6%
35.1 36.4 63.8
37.0%
32.6 7.5 79.3
Oppose military operations (because of Palestinian national interests)
47.7%
52.7 56.0 23.2
42.7%
51.3 52.2 26.1
55.7%
55.2 13.9 18.2
Others -- -- -- 0.9 --     1.3 --     0.2
I don't know -- 9.0 -- 5.4 -- 8.9 -- 7.5 -- 9.2   1.8
No answer
12.5%
4.1 8.3 1.0
15.7%
4.7 11.4 1.3
7.4%
3.0   0.5

What about the intensification of Palestinian demonstration and protests against Israel? Do you support or oppose this intensification of Palestinian demonstrations and protests against Israel? (Source: JMCC Poll, April 1997)

Total 
West Bank 
Gaza Strip 
Support intensification
62.7%
59.5%
67.8%
Oppose intensification
28.6%
29.5%
27.2%
No answer
8.8%
11.1%
5.0%

These are numerous ideas for solving the problems stemming from the recent violations of some aspects of the agreement (Abu Ghniem, Har Homa, closure of institutions, etc...) Some believe that the answer is to intensify the negotiations, other say the negotiations should be stopped, and others say the answer lies in intensifying popular protests. What is your opinion? (Source: JMCC Poll, April 1997)  

Total 
West Bank 
Gaza Strip 
Intensify the negotiations 
33.9%
31.5%
37.8%
Negotiations should be stopped 
25.7%
25.0%
26.7%
Intensify popular protests
19.3%
30.1%
27.8%
Others
3.5%
4.3%
2.2%
No answer
7.7%
9.1%
5.4%

In your opinion what should the PA (Palestinian Authority) do regarding popular protests. Do you think the PA should encourage these protests, should not interfere in these protests, or should the PA prevent these protests? (Source: JMCC Poll, April 1997)  

Total 
West Bank 
Gaza Strip 
Encourage these protests
31.3%
25.9%
40.0%
Not interfere in these protests
37.5%
45.4%
24.8%
PA should prevent these prortests 
23.1%
19.1%
29.6%
No answer 
8.1%
9.6%
5.7%

Do you support continued suicide operations against Israeli targets (including civilians) under the current political situation? (Source: JMCC Poll, Palestinian Attitudes)

  Total (6/95) Total (8/95) Total (4/97) Total (5/97) Total (8/97) Total (7/00) (Source: PSR) Total (4/01) Total (4/01) Total (7/01) (Source: PSR) Total (7/01)* Source: PSR Total (12/01) (Source: PSR) Total (5/02) (Source: PSR) Total (8/02) (Source: PSR) Total (9/02) Muslims (8/95) Christians (8/95)
Yes / Support 32.8 24.3 32.7 23.6 28.2 51.6 -- 26.1 37.7     31.4   -- 26.0 9.8
Strongly support -- --   --     54.4 -- 48.2 30.3 30.8 20.6 23.1 35.1 -- --
Somewhat support -- --   --     19.3 --   27.8 51.0   29.2 29.2 -- --
No / Oppose 52.3 62.2 54.5 64.7 56.0 42.7 -- 66.5 9.4 33.1 14.3 42.4 40.8 -- 60.8 78.4
Somewhat oppose -- --   --     10.1 --       4.5 4.7 18.3 -- --
Strongly oppose -- --   --     5.8 -- 1.9 5.9 1.4     9.4 -- --
Don't know -- ---   --     7.1 --           5.9 -- --
Other 2.2 1.2   7.8 2.9   -- --           -- 1.1 2.0
No opinion / No answer 12.7 12.3 12.8 3.9 12.9 5.7 (NO/DK) 3.3 7.4 2.8 (NO/DK) 3.0 (NO/DK) 2.5 (NO/DK) 1.1 (NO/DK) 2.3 (NO/DK) 2.1 12.1 9.8

Do you support continued suicide operations against Israeli targets (including civilians) under the current political situation? (Source: JMCC Poll, Palestinian Attitudes)

  West Bank (6/95) West Bank (4/97) West Bank (8/97) West Bank (5/97) West Bank (7/00) (Source: PSR) West Bank (4/01) West Bank (4/01)* West Bank (7/01) (Source: PSR) West Bank (7/01)* Source: PSR West Bank (12/01) (Source: PSR) West Bank (5/02) (Source: PSR) West Bank (8/02) Source: PSR West Bank (9/02)
Yes / Support 34.8 35.0 27.1 23.3 53.5 -- 25.0 43.5     35.1   --
Strongly support -- -- -- -- -- 49.6 -- 40.4 23.5 22.7 12.3 17.2 29.2
Somewhat support -- -- -- -- -- 17.9 --   31.0 57.4   29.9 28.3
No / Oppose 48.4 48.6 56.1 64.0 39.3 -- 64.9 10.8 36.2 15.8 46.4 44.0 --
Somewhat oppose -- -- -- --   10.0 -- 1.4 5.4   4.8 5.8 1.4
Strongly oppose -- -- -- --   7.8 --     0.9     12.6
Don't know -- -- -- --   10.3 --           8.8
Other 1.8 -- 2.9 7.9   -- --           --
No opinion / No answer 15.0 16.4 13.9 4.8 7.3 (NO/DK) 4.4 10.1 4.0 (NO/DK) 3.8 (NO/DK) 3.2 (NO/DK) 1.4 (NO/DK) 3.2 (NO/DK) 2.7

* Similiar question asked again in same poll

Do you support continued suicide operations against Israeli targets (including civilians) under the current political situation? (Source: JMCC Poll, Palestinian Attitudes)

  Gaza Strip (6/95) Gaza Strip (4/97) Gaza Strip (5/97) Gaza Strip (8/97) Gaza Strip (7/00) (Source: PSR) Gaza Strip (4/01) Gaza Strip (4/01)* Gaza Strip (7/01) Gaza Strip (12/01) (Source: PSR) Gaza Strip (8/02) (Source: PSR) Gaza Strip (9/02)
Yes / Support 29.5 28.9 24.1 30.1 48.8 -- 28.1 28.5.     --
Strongly support --   --   -- 62.7 -- 60.7 44.3 32.5 45.2
Somewhat support --   --   -- 21.8 --   40.3 28.0 30.7
No / Oppose 59.2 63.9 66.0 55.8 48.0 -- 69.2 7.1 11.9 35.7 --
Somewhat oppose --   --   -- 10.2 --       18.2
Strongly oppose --   --   -- 2.3 -- 2.8 2.2 3.0 3.9
Don't know --   --   -- 1.6 --       0.9 (DK/NO)
Other 3.0 7.2 7.8 3.0 -- -- --       --
No opinion / No answer 8.3   2.1 11.1 3.3 (NO/DK) 1.4 27.7 1.0 (NO/DK) 1.4 (NO/DK) 0.8 (NO/DK) 1.1 (NA)

* Similiar question asked in same poll

If you answered yes, why?* (Source: JMCC Poll, Palestinian Attitudes, June 1995)

  Total (6/95)
It's the best way to regain our rights, no other solution 24.4

It's an alternative to the peace process, the peace process is not in our best interest

8.3
Because occupation still exists, to liberate our country 18.3
As pressure on Israel 13.7
Israel understands only power, because of Israeli provocations, revenge 18.1
For the sake of Islam, to liberate Islamic holy sites 9.4
Other 5.4
No opinion 2.4

The recent period witnessed issuing and executing death penalty sentences in the national authority areas; what is your position regarding the death penalty in the PA areas?  

Total 
West Bank
Gaza Strip 
Support 
17.0
18.9
13.7
In between
25.9
22.2
32.2
Oppose
54.8
55.6
53.4
No answer
2.3
3.3
0.7

Do you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose, the PA preventing violence against Israeli soldiers? (Source: JMCC, March 2000)

 
Total  (3/00)
West Bank (3/00)
Gaza Strip (3/00)
n= 1200
n=762
n=438
Strongly support
5.6
5.2
5.0
Somewhat support
22.8
26.5
23.5
Somewhat oppose
30.2
28.3
29.2
Strongly oppose
36.6
34.5
36.8
No answer
4.8
5.5
5.5

Concerning armed attacks against Israeli civilian settlers in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, I…. (Source: PSR)

  Total (12/01) Total (5/02) Total (8/02) Total (11/02) Total (4/03) Total (12/03) West Bank (12/01) West Bank (5/02) West Bank (8/02) West Bank (11/02) West Bank (4/03) West Bank (12/03) Gaza Strip (12/01) Gaza Strip (5/02) Gaza Strip (8/02) Gaza Strip (11/02) Gaza Strip (4/03) Gaza Strip (12/03)

1. Strongly support

50.8 45.9

53.2

50.8 55.3 52.0 42.7 33.3

45.6

43.2 48.5 42.5 64.5 65.9

65.5

63.2 66.7 68.4

2. Support

41.3 43.4

38.0

38.3 35.9 34.2 49.3 54.2

43.7

43.2 40.6 42.3 27.8 26.2

28.8

30.5 28.0 20.5

3. Oppose

6.2 8.1

6.3

7.3 5.9 9.9 6.1 9.0

7.0

8.2 7.2 10.4 6.3 6.7

5.1

5.7 3.9 9.1

4. Strongly oppose

0.4 0.9

0.4

0.5 1.1 1.1 0.4 1.1

0.4

0.6 1.2 1.0 0.6 0.6

0.4

0.2 0.8 1.2

5. No Opinion /Don’t Know

1.3 1.7

2.1

3.1 1.8 2.7 1.5 2.3

3.3

4.8 2.6 3.8 0.8 0.6

0.2

0.4 0.6 0.8

Concerning armed attacks against Israeli soldiers in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, I…. (Source: PSR, August 2002)

  Total (7/01) Total (12/01) Total (5/02) Total (8/02) Total (11/02) Total (4/03) Total (12/03) West Bank (7/01) West Bank (12/01) West Bank (5/02) West Bank (8/02) West Bank (11/02) West Bank (4/03) West Bank (12/03) Gaza Strip (7/01) Gaza Strip (12/01) Gaza Strip (5/02) Gaza Strip (8/02) Gaza Strip (11/02) Gaza Strip (4/03) Gaza Strip (12/03)

1. Strongly support

56.0

48.2 46.7

51.0

50.8 58.0 55.5

49.3

40.5 34.9

43.9

43.1 51.9 46.4

66.6

61.1 65.5

62.3

63.4 68.3 71.3

2. Support

35.7

44.1 44.9

40.8

40.2 34.8 31.4

40.2

51.8 56.2

45.9

46.4 38.7 39.1

28.7

31.3 26.8

32.7

30.3 28.3 18.2

3. Oppose

5.3

5.8 5.8

5.2

5.6 4.1 9.2

6.9

5.8 5.4

5.9

5.5 5.4 9.6

2.8

5.8 6.3

4.1

5.7 2.0 8.5

4. Strongly oppose

1.3

0.7 1.1

0.8

0.5 0.9 1.1

1.1

0.6 1.4

0.9

0.7 1.2 1.1

1.6

1.0 0.6

0.6

0.2 0.4 1.2

5. No Opinion /Don’t Know

1.7

1.1 1.6

2.2

2.8 2.1 2.7

2.5

1.3 2.1

3.5

4.3 2.8 3.8

0.4

0.8 0.8

0.2

0.4 1.0 0.8

Concerning armed attacks against Israeli civilians inside Israel, I…. (Source: PSR)

Total (12/01)

Total (11/02) Total (4/03) Total (12/03)

West Bank (12/01)

West Bank (11/02) West Bank (4/03) West Bank (12/03)

Gaza Strip (12/01)

Gaza Strip (11/02) Gaza Strip (4/03) Gaza Strip (12/03)

1. Strongly support

20.6

25.2 32.2 25.1

16.3

20.6 26.6 17.4

27.8

32.7 41.5 38.5

2. Support

37.6

28.0 25.1 22.4

40.4

29.4 26.6 24.5

32.7

25.7 22.6 18.8

3. Oppose

37.2

38.4 35.1 41.8

38.7

40.9 38.7 46.0

34.7

34.5 29.1 34.6

4. Strongly oppose

2.6

4.8 4.9 7.7

2.0

3.8 4.3 8.2

3.6

6.3 5.9 7.0

5. No Opinion /Don’t Know

2.1

3.6 2.8 2.9

2.6

5.3 3.9 4.0

1.2

0.8 1.0 1.0

 

Do you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose, the PA preventing violence against Jewish settlers? (Source: JMCC, March 2000)  

 
Total 
West Bank
Gaza Strip
n= 1200
n=762
n=438
Strongly support  6.3
 6.0
6.8 
Somewhat support  17.6
 21.0
 11.6
Somewhat oppose  28.3
 28.7
 27.4
Strongly oppose  43.2
 39.2
 50.3
No answer  4.6
5.1 
 3.9

Internal Palestinian efforts are underway to create a consensus around means of fighting Israeli occupation. These efforts call for cessation of armed attacks against Israeli civilians inside Israel. Do you support or oppose these efforts? (Source: PSR, August 2002)
 

 
Total  (3/00)
Total (9/02) (*PSR)
West Bank (3/00)
West Bank (9/02) *PSR
Gaza Strip(3/00)
Gaza Strip (9/02) *PSR
n= 1200
--
n=762
--
n=438
--
Strongly support  19.0 5.8
 18.2
5.9
20.4 
5.5
Somewhat support  36.3 37.7 (Support)
 38.6
41.6 (Support)
 32.2
31.4 (Support)
Somewhat oppose  20.4 38.7 (Oppose)
 19.0
35.9 (Oppose)
 22.8
43.2 (Oppose)
Strongly oppose  18.8 14.3
 18.4
12.0
 19.6
17.9
No answer  5.5 3.6 (DK/NO)
5.8 
4.6
5.0

2.0

Do you strongly, or somewhat, support or strongly, or somewhat, oppose stopping all kind of operations inside Israel ? (Source: JMCC Poll)  

 
Total  (12/02)
Total (10/03)
West Bank (12/02)
West Bank (10/03)
Gaza Strip (12/02)
Gaza Strip (10/03)
N=1199
n=1198
N=759
n=758
N=440
n=440
Strongly support
12.3 
12.7
14.9 
14.9
8.0 
8.9
Somewhat support
 18.2
26.8
 18.4
32.6
 17.7
16.8
Strongly oppose
 28.7
28.3
 26.6
22.3
 32.3
32.7
Somewhat oppose
 32.4
28.5
 28.3
25.7
 39.3
39.1
I don't know/No opinion
 6.8
3.0
9.5 
3.7
 2.3
1.8
No answer
1.6
0.7
2.3
0.8
0.4
0.7

Some say that the ideal way to achieve Palestinian national goals is through negotiations, others say through armed struggle, what is the opinion closer to your viewpoint? (Source: JMCC Poll, December 2001)  

 
Total 
West Bank
Gaza Strip
 
n= 1201
n=761
n=440
Negotiations
22.8
26.3
16.8
Armed struggle
37.8
36.5
40.0
Negotiations and armed struggle
36.6
33.1
42.5
No answer
2.8
4.1
0.7

Are you with the resumption of the military operations only inside Israel, only inside the occupied territories or inside Israel and the occupied territories? (Source: JMCC Poll, September 2002)  

 
Total 
West Bank
Gaza Strip
N=1199
N=759
N=440
Inside Israel only
20.5 
20.8 
20.0 
Inside  the occupied territories only
12.2 
14.4 
8.4 
Inside  Israel and the occupied territories
46.1 
38.5 
59.3 
I am not with the resumption of the military operations
16.3 
19.6 
10.7 
No answer
4.9 
6.7
1.6 

And what about Hizbullah methods and the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon, do you think the Palestinians should emulate these Lebanese methods? (Source: PSR, July 2000)

  Total West Bank Gaza Strip

1) Definitely yes

30.6

29.1

32.9

2) Yes

32.8

33.1

32.4

3) No

22.4

22.9

21.8

4) Definitely no

6.5

7.6

4.9

5) No opinion/Don't know

7.6

7.4

8.0


Source: JMCC - Jerusalem Media & Communications Centre, IMRA, PSR - Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research