Palestinian Attitudes Toward The Gaza Disengagement Plan


What do you expect to happen now after Abu Mazin's visit to the US and after the setting of mid August as the date for evacuating Gaza settlements and four settlements in the West Bank? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, June 9-11, 2005)

Negotiations will resume soon enough and armed confrontations will stop

22.8%

Negotiations will resume but some armed attacks will continue

52.2%

Armed confrontations will not stop and the two sides will not return to negotiations

17.5%

DK/NA
7.4%

If Israel disengages fully in the Gaza strip, including the evacuation of all settlements and the Philadelphia route, and if it lifts the air and sea blockade on the Gaza strip, would you under these conditions support or oppose carrying out armed attacks against Israeli targets from the Gaza Strip? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, June 9-11, 2005)

Definitely support

6.9%

support

23.4%

oppose

53.1%

Definitely oppose
13.4%
DK/NA
3.3%

How would you evaluate the capacity of the Palestinian Authority to control matters in the Gaza Strip after Israel's disengagement there? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, June 9-11, 2005)

High capacity

28.4%

Reasonable capacity

44.4%

Low capacity

16.8%

No capacity at all
7.9%
DK/NA
2.9%

What do you expect to happen with the settlements in the West Bank, in the coming years? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, June 9-11, 2005)

Most settlements will be evacuated

6.7%

Some settlements will be evacuated

26.3%

The number of settlements will remain as it is today

12.3%

Some settlements will be added
26.4%
Many settlements will be added
25.2%
DK/NA
3.2%

What do you think about Sharon's unilateral Withdrawal from Gaza, do you think this step is good to achieve peace or it might be a bad step for the peace process between both sides? (JMCC, May 2-7, 2005)

It's a good step for peace
52.8
It might be a bad step that will effect the peace between both parties
33.4
No answer
13.8

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%

The Israeli parliament (Knesset) approved last week Sharon's plan of the unilateral withdrawal from Gaza Strip. What do you think is the target of this plan? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, November 4 - 8, 2004)

Withdrawal of the Israeli armed forces from Gaza and dismantling the Jewish settlements there as a first step would lead to a second route, which may revive the peace process.
16.9%
Freezing the peace process and undermining the Geneva Accord as to deviate from the international pressure imposed upon Israel for its approval.
38.3%
Partial withdrawal from Gaza strip and deployment of the Israeli armed forces around Gaza strip and the West Bank.
32.8%
no opinion
12.0%

Do you think that the unilateral disengagement plan is an Israeli substitute for the Road Map? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies, An Najah National University, November 3-5, 2004)

Yes
44.5%
No
44.3%
No Opinion/DK
11.2%

Do you think that the Israeli Government and the Knesset's approval of the redeployment from Gaza Strip came as a result of? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies, An Najah National University, November 3-5, 2004)

The pressure caused by Palestinian resistance
46.7%
The economic and security uselessness of staying in the Gaza Strip
32.5%
The international pressure on Israel
15.4%
No Opinion/DK
5.4%

How do you evaluate the Palestinian Authority's dealings with the unilateral disengagement plan? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies, An Najah National University, November 3-5, 2004)

Good
31.8%
Bad
54.7%
No Opinion/DK
13.5%

Do you think that Arafat's absence will hinder the implementation of the Israeli disengagement plan? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies, An Najah National University, November 3-5, 2004)

Yes
29.8%
No
63.3%
No Opinion/DK
6.9%

Do you think that the Israeli disengagement will lead to an escalation of Palestinian struggle over leadership? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies, An Najah National University, November 3-5, 2004)

Yes
35.4%
No
22.7%
Partially
37.2%
No Opinion/DK
4.7%

Do you think that the disengagement plan will push the Palestinian people towards reinforcing the national unity? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies, An Najah National University, November 3-5, 2004)

Yes
63.4%
No
29.0%
No Opinion/DK
7.6%

Do you think that Israel will dismantle the settlements if it withdraws from the Gaza Strip? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies, An Najah National University, November 3-5, 2004)

Yes
49.9%
No
42.9%
No Opinion/DK
7.1%

The redeployment from the Gaza Strip will lead politically and economically to? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies, An Najah National University, November 3-5, 2004)

An improvement
37.9%
A deterioration
30.0%
no change
27.7%
No Opinion/DK
4.3%

In case of the implementation of redeployment from the Gaza Strip, will aids for reconstruction and development be concentrated on the Gaza Strip at the expense of the West Bank? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies, An Najah National University, November 3-5, 2004)

Yes
50.7%
No
36.6%
No Opinion/DK
12.6%

What benefits can be drawn from the disengagement plan? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies, An Najah National University, November 3-5, 2004)

 
Support
Reject
No Opinion
Facilitating the movement of people and goods
66.8%
29.9%
4.3%
Reducing the number of closure days and siege in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip
64.9%
30.1%
5.0%
Reducing the number of checkpoints in Palestinian areas
64.3%
31.5%
4.2%

Reopening the airport, building Gaza port and developing the infrastructure

60.3%
30.2%
9.5%
Regulating the transfer of due funds from Israel to the Palestinian Authority
43.3%
43.0%
13.7%
Rebuilding the industrial zones on the borders
56.1%
33.8%
10.1%
Handing settlements to the Palestinian Authority
37.8%
52.4%
9.9%
A retreat in the percentage of unemployment and poverty
55.2%
38.6%
6.2%
Increasing national and international investment
61.8%
29.6%
8.7%
An increase in foreign aids
65.4%
24.0%
10.6%

If Israel withdraws from the Strip do you support or reject launching attacks against Israel from inside the Strip? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies, An Najah National University, November 3-5, 2004)

I strongly support
22.5% [Gaza Strip 30.2%]
I support
33.8% [Gaza Strip 20.8%]
I reject
26.5% [Gaza Strip 24.6%]
I strongly reject
10.4% [Gaza Strip 17.6%]
No Opinion/DK
6.8% [Gaza Strip 6.8%]

If Israel is really committed to a new ceasefire, do you support or reject a new ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian Authority? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies, An Najah National University, November 3-5, 2004)

I strongly support
18.2% [Gaza Strip 29.4%]
I support
48.3% [Gaza Strip 38.0%]
I reject
21.1% [Gaza Strip 16.0%]
I strongly reject
8.8% [Gaza Strip11.8%]
No Opinion/DK
3.6% [Gaza Strip 4.8%]

Would you support or oppose armed attacks against Israeli targets from the Gaza Strip after the implementation of this disengagement plan which has been approved by the Israeli government? (Source: PCPSR, June 2004)

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza Strip
Strongly support
18
12.8
26.8
Support
37.2
40.4
31.8
Oppose
37.0
39.3
33.0
Strongly oppose
3.8
2.9
5.4
Don't know
4
4.6
3.1

And if the Israeli government evacuates the Gaza settlements and withdraws completely from the Gaza Strip, including the border strip with Egypt and the international border crossing in Rafah, and if it lifts the air and see blockade so that the airport and sea port would function again, would you in this case support or oppose armed attacks against Israeli targets from the Gaza Strip? (Source: PCPSR, June 2004)

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza Strip
Strongly support
10.8
8.7
14.2
Support
26.3
28.7
22.1
Oppose
50.2
52.0
47.2
Strongly oppose
9.1
6.6
13.4
Don't know/NA
3.6
4.0
3.1

In the context of the Sharon disengagement plan, there is a talk about the possible deployment of an armed international or multilateral force in the Gaza Strip that would be responsible for security in the Rafah international border crossing and the Egyptian-Palestinian border. Would you support or oppose such deployment? (Source: PCPSR, June 2004)

  Total West Bank Gaza Strip
Strongly support 10.2 8.3 13.4
Support 49.5 51.1 46.7
Oppose 29.5 32.1 25.0
Strongly oppose 9.4 7.5 12.8
Don't know 1.4 1.1 2.1

In the context of the Sharon disengagement plan and the evacuation of the Gaza settlements, there is a talk about destroying homes in these settlements while others see the necessity of keeping them intact for the use of the Palestinians. Which one of the two options do you prefer? (Source: PCPSR, June 2004)

  Total West Bank Gaza Strip
I prefer destroying homes in Gaza settlements 47.9 42.3 57.6
I prefer keeping them intact 48.7 53.2 40.9
Other 1.1 1.4 0.4
Don't know 2.4 3.1 1.0

If you support keeping the settlements intact, would you in this case support or oppose the deployment of an armed international force in these settlements to take custody of them and maintain control over them until an Israeli-Palestinian agreement on their future is reached? (Source: PCPSR, June 2004)

  Total West Bank Gaza Strip
Strongly support 10.7 9.9 12.4
Support 50.3 53.5 42.7
Oppose 28.4 28.7 27.6
Strongly oppose 7.9 5.1 14.7
Don't know 2.8 2.8 2.7

In the context of the Sharon disengagement plan, there is a talk about an international or multilateral presence in the Gaza Strip for the purpose of rebuilding the PA institutions, ministries, and security services. Do you support or oppose this presence? (Source: PCPSR, June 2004)

  Total West Bank Gaza Strip
I support this presence to rebuild the civil and security institutions 58.5 56.4 62.2
I support this presence to rebuild the civil institutions only 11.7 12.1 11.0
I support this presence to rebuild the security services only 5.2 6.0 3.9
I oppose this presence 21.5 21.8 21.1
Don’t know 3.0 3.7 1.9

In the same context, there is a talk about an international or multilateral presence aiming at rebuilding the Palestinian economy and infrastructure. Do you support or oppose this presence? (Source: PCPSR, June 2004)

  Total West Bank Gaza Strip
Strongly support 24.2 19.0 33.2
Support 54.1 57.6 48.0
Oppose 13.2 14.9 10.3
Strongly oppose 7.0 6.9 7.2
Don't know 1.4 1.6 1.2

After Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and while awaiting general elections in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, there is a talk about Hamas participation in the administration of the Strip. Do you support or oppose this participation? (Source: PCPSR, June 2004)

       
Strongly support 39.6 33.7 49.7
Support 50.1 54.1 43.3
Oppose 5.5 6.1 4.3
Strongly oppose 2.1 2.3 1.6
Don't know 1.4 1.6 1.2

After Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and while awaiting general elections in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, there is a talk about Hamas participation in the administration of the Strip. Do you support or oppose this participation? (Source: PCPSR, June 2004)

  Total West Bank Gaza Strip
Strongly support 39.6 33.7 49.7
Support 50.1 54.1 43.3
Oppose 5.5 6.1 4.3
Strongly oppose 2.1 2.3 1.6
Don't know 2.8 3.8 1.0

If you support Hamas participation in the administration of the Gaza Strip, how much should its share in decision making be? For example, should it 10% or 90% or something between the two? (Give a percentage between 10 and 90) The percentage should be ---------------- (Source: PCPSR, June 2004)

  Total West Bank Gaza Strip
Median 50 50 50
Mean 45 45 46

When Israel withdraws from the Gaza Strip, are you worried about internal Palestinian infighting in the Strip? (Source: PCPSR, June 2004)

  Total West Bank Gaza Strip
Very worried 17.7 14.0 23.9
Worried 41.7 45.2 35.7
Not worried 30.9 33.7 26.0
Not worried at all 8.0 5.3 12.8
Don't know 1.7 1.8 1.6

How would you evaluate the capacity of the PA to control matters in the Gaza strip after Israeli withdrawal from it? (Source: PCPSR, June 2004)

  Total West Bank Gaza Strip
High capacity 29.7 29.0 31.0
Medium capacity 41.8 40.4 4.2
Low capacity 14.6 15.8 12.4
No capacity at all 10.1 10.2 9.9
Don't know 3.9 4.7 2.5

Who in your opinion who will assume control in the Gaza strip after the Israeli withdrawal from it? (Source: PCPSR, June 2004)

  Total West Bank Gaza Strip
The PA 59.2 58.7 60.2
Armed groups and political factions 25.5 27.5 22.1
Other 4.1 2.6 6.6
No one 4.1 4.1 4.1
Don't know 7.0 7.1 7.0

What do you expect to happen in the Gaza strip after the Israeli withdrawal from it? (Source: PCPSR, June 2004)

  Total West Bank Gaza
Life will fully resume in an orderly manner 31.1 32.5 28.9
Life will resume but there will be some disorder 55.4 53.8 58.1
Anarchy and chaos will prevail 11.2 11.5 10.7
Don't know 2.2 2.2 2.3

In the context of his disengagement plan, Sharon received a letter from President Bush declaring the US commitment to Israel's security and its existence as a Jewish state and the need to settle the Palestinian refugees in a future Palestinian state rather than Israel and the need to take demographic realities rather than the line of 1967 when setting the final borders. To what extent is this letter important in shaping a permanent agreement with the Israelis? (Source: PCPSR, June 2004)

  Total West Bank Gaza
Very important 14.9 14.4 15.7
Important 35.2 37.8 30.8
Not important 31.3 31.1 31.8
Not important at all 13.4 11.8 16.1
DK/NA 5.2 5.0 5.6

In the context of the Israeli intentions to evacuate the Gaza settlements, the Egyptian government has proposed an initiative containing several elements such the unification of the Palestinian security services under the control of the cabinet, the appointment of an effective interior minister, and the deployment of Egyptian military advisers and security officials in the Gaza Strip to assist in the implementation of a mutual ceasefire plan. Tell us if you support or oppose each of these elements and if you support or oppose the whole plan as a package: (Source: PCPSR, June 2004)

Unification of the Palestinian security services under the control of the cabinet

  Total West Bank Gaza
Strongly support 22.7 22.4 23.1
Support 58.5 58.6 58.1
Oppose 12.5 12.9 11.8
Strongly oppose 3.2 2.9 3.7
Don't know 3.2 3.1 3.3

The appointment of an effective interior minister

  Total West Bank Gaza
Strongly support 23.2 21.9 25.4
Support 63.8 64.7 62.3
Oppose 8.1 8.3 7.8
Strongly oppose 2.2 2.3 2.1
DK/NA 2.7 2.8 2.5

Deployment of Egyptian military advisers and security officials in the Gaza Strip to assist in the implementation of a mutual ceasefire plan

  Total West Bank Gaza
Strongly support 10.3 10.6 9.9
Support 42.9 43.9 41.2
Oppose 31.7 31.9 31.3
Strongly oppose 11.3 9.4 14.6
Don't know 3.8 4.3 2.9

The complete initiative

  Total West Bank Gaza
Strongly support 10.5 11.2 9.5
Support 53.4 52.4 55.3
Oppose 25.3 25.2 25.6
Strongly oppose 6.5 6.6 6.4
DK/NA 4.2 4.7 3.3

Do you believe that the Israeli Government is serious about withdrawing from Gaza? (The Birzeit University Development Studies Programme (DSP), June 6, 2004)(The Birzeit University Development Studies Programme (DSP), June 6, 2004)

Yes
19.6
To some extent
25.2
No
52.8
Don't know/No opinion
2.4

Do you believe that the withdrawal will be:

Full withdrawal
11.3
A partial withdrawal
50.0
There will be no withdrawal
38.4
No opinion
0.4

Do you believe that the PNA is qualified to take over authority in Gaza? (The Birzeit University Development Studies Programme (DSP), June 6, 2004)

Yes
39.3
To some extent
30.7
No
24.7
Don't know/No opinion
5.3

Will the PNA be able to improve living conditions in Gaza after the Israeli withdrawal? (The Birzeit University Development Studies Programme (DSP), June 6, 2004)

Yes
34.3
To some extent
33.2
No
28.9
Don't know/No opinion
3.5

Will the Israeli withdrawal lead to a more secure situation in Gaza? (The Birzeit University Development Studies Programme (DSP), June 6, 2004)

Yes
46.6
To some extent
29.7
No
20.5
Don't know/No opinion
3.2

Will the Gaza withdrawal reinforce the Israeli occupation in the West Bank? (The Birzeit University Development Studies Programme (DSP), June 6, 2004)

Yes
76.7
No
14.9
No opinion
8.4

Did the Israeli withdrawal come to avoid more Israeli causalities among Israeli military forces? (The Birzeit University Development Studies Programme (DSP), June 6, 2004)

Yes
75.0
No
19.7
No opinion
5.3

Do you believe that the Gaza withdrawal is aimed at causing chaos and infighting among the various Palestinian factions? (The Birzeit University Development Studies Programme (DSP), June 6, 2004)

Yes
57.0
No
36.1
No opinion
7.0

Do you believe that the Palestinian political groups will be able to avoid such a possibility? (The Birzeit University Development Studies Programme (DSP), June 6, 2004)

Yes
64.2
No
27.5
No opinion
8.3

Do you believe that Gaza might become an economically prosperous place? (The Birzeit University Development Studies Programme (DSP), June 6, 2004)

Yes
44.8
To some extent
33.7
No
18.0
Don't know/No opinion
3.5

In the event that Israel withdrew from settlements in Gaza, what would be the best option in dealing with them in your opinion? (The Birzeit University Development Studies Programme (DSP), June 6, 2004)

Turn them into investment areas (tourism and industrial areas)
40.8
Housing for Gaza camp residents
32.4
Turn them into public institutions
11.0
Housing for PNA employees
4.2
Housing for returning refugees from the Diaspora
3.9
Others
7.7

In the event of an Israeli withdrawal, which one of the following is the most important priority? (The Birzeit University Development Studies Programme (DSP), June 6, 2004)

Bringing security and personal safety
38.6
Rebuilding areas destroyed by the Israeli occupation
27.9
Improving economic conditions
15.5
Rebuilding infrastructure
12.8
Rebuilding PNA institutions
3.9

In the event of an Israeli withdrawal do you support or oppose the following:

Continuation of armed resistance against Israel coming from Gaza

Support
61.2
Oppose
35.2
Don't know/No opinion
3.6

Unification of security agencies into one body

Support 84.3
Oppose 13.1
Don't know/No opinion 2.6

Conducting an immediate legislative election in Gaza

Support 84.1
Oppose 10.7
Don't know/No opinion 5.3

Do you believe that the PNA has a comprehensive plan of action to administer Gaza after Israel withdraws? (The Birzeit University Development Studies Programme (DSP), June 6, 2004)

Yes 37.4
To some extent 35.7
No 19.9
Don't know/No opinion 7.0

Do you believe that the PNA has a political program to combat the Sharon political plan? (The Birzeit University Development Studies Programme (DSP), June 6, 2004)

Yes 24.6
To some extent 25.4
No 42.1
Don't know/No opinion 8.0

Do you believe that the Palestinian opposition has a political program to combat the Sharon political plan? (The Birzeit University Development Studies Programme (DSP), June 6, 2004)

Yes 35.3
To some extent 27.1
No 28.4
Don't know/No opinion 9.2

In general, who would be the most qualified to lead in Gaza after Israel withdraws? (The Birzeit University Development Studies Programme (DSP), June 6, 2004)

A unified national leadership 59.0
PNA 22.9
Hamas & Islamic Jihad 16.7
Leftist groups 0.5
others 0.9

Do you support or oppose a significant role for the following entities in administering Gaza for a transitional period after an Israeli withdrawal? (The Birzeit University Development Studies Programme (DSP), June 6, 2004)

The World Bank

Support 57.1
Oppose 36.4
Don't know/No opinion 6.5

Arab League

Support 56.4
Oppose 40.1
Don't know/No opinion 3.5

United Nations

Support 54.5
Oppose 41.4
Don't know/No opinion 4.1

Egypt

Support 44.8
Oppose 52.0
Don't know/No opinion 3.3

The European Union

Support 40.0
Oppose 55.5
Don't know/No opinion 4.4

The United States

Support 12.5
Oppose 85.0
Don't know/No opinion 2.5

To re-build Gaza, should we accept funding from the following sources? (The Birzeit University Development Studies Programme (DSP), June 6, 2004)

Arab Countries

Support 87.1
Oppose 11.7
Don't know/No opinion 1.3

Japan and Asia

Support 73.2
Oppose 23.2
Don't know/No opinion 3.6

The EU

Support 68.4
Oppose 28.8
Don't know/No opinion 2.9

United Nations

Support 68.3
Oppose 29.7
Don't know/No opinion 2.0

The United States

Support 27.8
Oppose 70.2
Don't know/No opinion 1.9

Recently, Sharon has announced a disengagement plan from the Palestinians. According to this plan Israel will evacuate most settlements in the Gaza strip and a small number of settlements in the West Bank. In your opinion will this plan increase the chances for a settlement with Israel, decrease the chances for a settlement or will not have any effect on the chances for a settlement? (Source: PCPSR, March 2004)

  Total West Bank Gaza Strip
Increase the chances for settlement 32.0 30.9 33.9
Decreases the chances for settlement 24.4 24.5 24.0
Will not have any effect 38.8 39.5 37.6
Don't Know / No Answer 4.9 5.1 4.4

Do you welcome or do not welcome Sharon's disengagement program which proposes to evacuate most settlements from Gaza strip and a small number of settlements in the West Bank? (Source: PCPSR, March 2004)

  Total West Bank Gaza Strip
Definitely welcome 29.2 21.5 42.0
Welcome 43.7 46.0 40.0
Do not welcome 18.5 22.7 11.6
Definitely do not welcome 7.4 8.4 5.7
Don't Know / Not Applicable 1.2 1.5 0.8

Recently, the Israeli Government has approved a modified version of Sharon's disengagement plan. According to this plan Israel will evacuate unilaterally and in stages, all settlements in the Gaza strip and a four settlements in the West Bank. In addition Israel will remain in control of a border strip on the Rafah-Egypt border and on the border crossing, and will continue to block sea and air access to the Gaza strip. Do you welcome or do not welcome this decision? (Source: PCPSR, June 2004)

  Total West Bank Gaza Strip
Definitely Welcome 5.6 6.2 4.5
Welcome 28.5 31.1 24.0
Do not welcome 35.7 38.8 30.4
Definitely do not welcome 28.9 22.6 39.7
Don't know 1.3 1.2 1.4

Of the following goals which one in your opinion is Sharon's most important goal in his decision to declare the disengagement plan to evacuate most settlements in Gaza and a few in the West Bank? (Source: PCPSR, March 2004)

  Total West Bank Gaza Strip
To push Palestinians towards internal fighting in Gaza 36.9 33.5 42.4
To maintain the Jewish majority in Israel 21.6 23.0 19.4
To strengthen Israel's control of the West Bank in return for the concessions in Gaza 29.2 28.7 30.1
To intimidate Palestinians leaders with loss of power to opposition parties 9.5 11.2 6.7
Don't Know/ No Answer 2.8 3.6 1.4

And which one is Sharon's second most important goal in declaring his disengagement plan? (Source: PCPSR, March 2004)

  Total West Bank Gaza Strip
To push Palestinians toward internal fighting in Gaza 36.9 33.5 42.4
To maintain the Jewish majority in Israel 21.6 23.0 19.4
To strenghten Israel's control of the West Bank in return for concessions in Gaza 29.2 28.7 30.1
To intimidate Palestinian leadership with loss of power to opposition parties 9.5 11.2 6.7
Don't Know / No Answer 2.8 3.6 1.4

And Sharon's third most important goal? (Source: PCPSR, March 2004)

  Total West Bank Gaza Strip
To push Palestinians toward internal fighting in Gaza 20.8 21.7 19.2
To maintain the Jewish majority in Israel 24.6 20.2 32.1
To strengthen Israel's control of the West Bank in return for the concessions in Gaza 21.9 22.6 20.7
To intimidate Palestinian leadership with loss of power to opposition parties 28.3 30.4 24.7
Don't Know / No Answer 4.4 5.1 3.2

Do you see Sharon's plan to evacuate the Israeli settlements from Gaza as a victory for the Palestinian armed resistance against Israel or don't you see it as a victory? (Source: PCPSR, March 2004)

  Total West Bank Gaza Strip
Definitely this is a victory 37.6 32.2 46.8
I think that this is a victory 28.2 30.0 25.3
I think this is not a victory 23.7 26.5 19.2
Definitely this is not a victory 8.3 8.5 8.1
Don't Know / No Answer 2.0 2.9 0.6

And how do you think most Palestinians see Sharon's plan? Do most Palestinians see it or don't see it as a victory for their armed struggle? (Source: PCPSR, March 2004)

  Total West Bank Gaza Strip
Most Palestinians see it as a victory for their armed struggle 67.9 64.0 74.4
Most Palestinians don't see it as a victory for their armed struggle 26.4 28.9 22.2
Don't Know / No Answer 5.7 7.0 3.5

 

And how do you think most Israelis see Sharon's plan? Do most Israelis see it or don't see it as a victory for the Palestinians? (Source:PCPSR, March 2004)

  Total West Bank Gaza Strip
Most Israelis see it as a victory for the Palestinians 44.2 42.8 46.6
Most Israelis don't see it as a victory for the Palestinians 47.9 48.0 47.8
Don't Know / No Answer 7.8 9.1 5.7

Do you think that Sharon is serious and will indeed withdraw from the Gaza strip as he says, or he is not serious in his statement and will not withdraw? (Source: PCPSR, March 2004) (Source: PCPSR, June 2004-in green)

  Total   West Bank   Gaza Strip  
Definitely will withdraw 10.0 3.1 8.5 3.4 12.5 2.7
Think he will withdraw 23.7 21.0 25.6 23.7 20.6 16.3
Think he will not withdraw 35.0 43.2 35.6 44.7 33.9 40.6
Definitely he will not withdraw 25.9 25.2 25.0 19.5 27.5 35.1
DK/NA 5.4 7.4 5.3 8.6 5.5 5.4

Do you prefer to see the Palestinian Authority and Israel negotiating the Israeli withdrawal from the Strip, or do you prefer to see Israel withdrawing unilaterally without negotiations? (Source: PCPSR, March 2004)

  Total West Bank Gaza Strip
I definitely prefer to see the PA and Israel negotiating the withdrawal 35.4 30.9 42.8
I think it is preferable to see the PA and Israel negotiating the withdrawal 22.4 23.3 21.0
I think it is preferable to see Israel unilaterally withdrawing without negotiations 21.1 22.7 18.4
I definitely prefer to see Israel unilaterally withdrawing without negotiations 17.1 18.0 15.8
Don't Know / No Answer 3.9 5.1 2.0

Do you think Israel should negotiate its withdrawal from the Gaza Strip also with Hamas? (Source: PCPSR, March 2004)

  Total West Bank Gaza Strip
Definitely yes 13.1 11.2 16.2
Yes 27.8 31.3 22.0
No 38.4 39.6 36.4
Definitely no 15.3 11.3 22.0
Don't know / No answer 5.4 6.6 3.4

And what about Hamas, do you think it should accept or reject to negotiate with Israel regarding Israeli withdrawal? (Source: PCPSR, March 2004)

  Total West Bank Gaza Strip
Hamas should definately accept 8.2 8.0 8.5
Hamas should accept 34.8 34.5 35.4
Hamas should reject 37.2 38.0 36.0
Hamas should definitely reject 12.5 11.0 14.9
Do not know / no opinion 7.3 8.5 5.3

And what about the majority of Palestinians? Do most Palestinians think that Hamas should also negotiate with Israel the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza strip or most Palestinians don't think so? (Source: PCPSR, March 2004)

  Total West Bank Gaza Strip
Most Palestinians think so 35.8 35.2 36.8
Most Palestinians don't think so 52.5 51.8 53.7
DK/NA 11.7 13.1 9.5

If Hamas accepted to negotiate with Israel, do you think this would mean a change in the principled positions of the movement toward Israel and the recognition of Israel? (Source: PCPSR, March 2004)

  Total West Bank Gaza Strip
Definitely yes 23.8 20.6 29.1
Yes 31.6 33.1 29.1
No 30.6 31.2 28.5
Definitely no 9.2 9.2 9.1
Don't know/ No Answer 4.9 5.8 3.2

Do you think an Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip will decrease the armed attacks against Israel from the Gaza Strip, increase the armed attacks against Israel from the Gaza Strip, or will have no impact on armed attacks against Israel? (Source: PCPSR, March 2004)

  Total West Bank Gaza Strip
Increase the armed attacks 30.0 31.7 27.3
Decrease the armed attacks 41.2 36.3 49.3
Have no impact on armed attacks 24.0 26.3 20.0
Don't Know / No Answer 4.9 5.7 3.4

After Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, what do you propose to do with the evacuated settlements? (Source: PCPSR, March 2004)

  Total West Bank Gaza Strip
Demolish them 12.5 14.1 9.9
Give homes in settlements to those whose homes have been demolished by Israel 54.3 56.1 51.3
Give homes in settlements to refugees 21.5 21.7 21.2
Others, specify---- 9.0 5.5 14.9
No opinion / don't know 2.7 2.7 2.6

 

PCPSR - Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research