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Palestinian Public Opinion Polls: Attitudes about Peace with Israel

Do you support or oppose a 2-state solution to the conflict?
  (PCPSR, September 2017June 2016December 2015)

 

2017

2016 2015
Support

52%

51% 45%
Oppose

47%

48% 54%
Don't know/No answer

1%

1% 1%

Which side is more responsible for the collapse of the peace negotiations over the years?
 (PCPSR, June 2016)

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza

Israeli Side

62%

60.9%

63.9%

Palestinian Side

7.9%

6.9%

8.7%

Both Sides Equally

26.4%

28.9%

22.1%

Neither

2.5%

1.3%

4.5%

No answer/don't know

1.6%

2%

.8%

If you have to choose from among the following three possible approaches to revive Israeli Palestinian peace negotiations, which one you would say is most promising?
 (PCPSR, June 2016)

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza

Bi-Lateral Negotiations With Both Parties

22%

19.4%

26.3%

Multi-Lateral Forum Sponsored by Major Powers

44%

47.6%

38%

Unilateral Efforts Taken by One Side to Promote It's Interests

18.3%

16.7%

20.7%

No answer/don't know

15.8%

16.3%

15%

Do you support or oppose the solution based on the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, known as the two-state solution?
  (PCPSR, June 2016)

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza

Definitely Support

9.9%

8.2%

12.7%

Support

41.4%

42.7%

39.4%

Oppose

35.2%

40.4%

26.7%

Definitely Oppose

12.4%

7.2%

20.9%

Don't know/refuse

1.1%

1.6%

.2%

Do you support abandoning the Oslo agreement?
  (PCPSR, December 2015)

 

Total

Yes

68%

No

25%

Don't know/No answer

7%

In your opinion, does Israel abide by and honor the Oslo agreement?
  (PCPSR, December 2015)

 

Total

Yes

6%

No

90%

Don't know/No answer

4%

Do you support or reject the creation of a binational state for both Arabs and Jews as a final solution for the Palestinian cause?
  (IMRA, November 2015)

 

Total

Yes

20%

No

74.2%

Don't know/No answer

5.7%

Do you support or reject the creation of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with some land exchange as a final solution for the Palestinian cause?
  (IMRA, November 2015)

 

Total

Yes

21%

No

72.9%

Don't know/No answer

6.2%

Do you support or reject the creation of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders as a final solution for the Palestinian cause?
  (IMRA, November 2015)

 

Total

Yes

45.6%

No

49.5%

Don't know/No answer

4.8%

From your point of view at the present time, which of the following forms of resistance will serve the Palestinian cause best?
  (IMRA, November 2015)

 

Total

Unarmed peaceful intifada

32.4%

Armed intifada

21.4%

Both are useful

26.7%

Both are useless

14.5%

Don't know/refuse

5.1%

Do you support or reject the rise of an armed intifada in the Palestinian Territories?
  (IMRA, November 2015)

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza

Support

43.7%

39.3%

51.4%

Oppose

51.4%

57.7%

40.6%

Don't know/refuse

4.8%

3.0%

8.0%

Do you support or reject the rise of an unarmed peaceful intifada in the Palestinian Territories?
  (IMRA, November 2015)

   
Support

52.1%

Oppose

44.0%

Don't know/refuse

3.9%

Do you support or oppose a return to peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis?
  (PCPO, November 2015)

   
Support

22.3%

Oppose

62.3%

Don't know/refuse

15.4%

Of the following, and with respect to previous Palestinian experience, which is the approach you support most at the present time?
  (AWRAD, November 2015)

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza

Internationalizing the struggle

14.3%

13.5%

15.8%

Resuming armed struggle

45.3%

41.3%

52.0%

Nonviolent protests

13.5%

15.1%

10.9%

Immediate return to negotiations

13.6%

14.4%

12.2%

Disolving the PA

11.7%

13.8%

8.2%

Other

1.6%

2.0%

0.9%

At this moment, do you support or oppose a Third Intifada?
  (AWRAD, November 2015)

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza

Support

63.3%

60.1%

68.4%

Oppose

33.0%

36.0%

28.0%

Don't know/refuse

3.8%

3.9%

3.6%

In light of the recent events in the West Bank and Gaza, how likely or unlikely do you believe a Third Intifada is?
  (AWRAD, November 2015)

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza

Very likely

55.6%

52.1%

61.3%

Somewhat likely

31.3%

32.5%

29.1%

Somewhat unlikely

9.3%

10.8%

6.7%

Very unlikely

3.1%

3.3%

2.7%

Don't know/refuse

.8%

1.2%

.2%

Do you support a 2-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
  (AWRAD, November 2015)

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza

Yes

53.1%

53.1%

53.1%

No

43.4%

43.9%

42.7%

Don't know/refuse

3.5%

3.1%

4.2%

In your opinion, should Hamas recognize Israel if it would lead to improved living conditions in Gaza, including the building of a new port, airport and increased access to foreign markets for Gazan goods?
  (AWRAD, November 2015)

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza

Yes

25.0%

19.3%

34.4%

No

68.5%

73.9%

59.6%

Don't know/refuse

6.5%

6.8%

6.0%

Do you think that a permanent peace between Israelis and Palestinians will ever be achieved?
  (Gallup, November 2015)

   
Yes

17%

No

73%

Don't know/refuse

10%

Would you say that relations between Israelis and Palestinians are improving, staying the same, or getting worse?
  (Gallup, November 2015)

   
Improving

6%

Staying the same

26%

Getting worse

64%

Don't know/refuse

4%

Do you support or oppose the Arab peace initiative?
  (PCPSR, September 2015)

   
Support

45%

Oppose

49%

Don't know/No answer

6%

What is the most effective means of establishing a Palestinian state alongside the state of Israel?
  (PCPSR, September 2015)

   
Armed Action

42%

Negotiations

29%

Popular non-violent resistance

24%

Don't know/No answer

5%

In your opinion how likely is it that a Palestinian state will be established alongside Israel within the next 5 years?
  (PCPSR, September 2015)

   
Medium/High

21%

Slim/Nonexistant

78%

Don't know/No answer

1%

Do you support or oppose the idea of a one-state solution in which Arabs and Jews enjoy equal rights?
  (PCPSR, September 2015)

   
Support

30%

Oppose

69%

Don't know/No answer

1%

Is the 2-state solution still practical?
  (PCPSR, September 2015)

   
Yes, it is still a practical approach to peace

32%

No, it is not practical anymore due to settlement expansion

65%

Don't know/No answer

3%

Do you support or oppose a 2-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
  (PCPSR, September 2015)

   
Support

48%

Oppose

51%

Don't know/No Answer

1%

Do you think that Jews have some rights to the land along with Palestinians?
   (The Washington Institute, August, 2015)

 

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Both have rights to the land

12.9%

11.3%

The land is only Palestinian land

80.5%

87.7%

Don't know/No answer

6.6%

1%

Do you think that a truce can be reached between Hamas and Israel?
   (JMCC, August, 2015)

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Yes

45%

36.4%

59.1%

No

40.7%

45.7%

32.4%

Don't know/No answer

14.3%

17.9%

8.9%

Some believe that a two-state formula is the favored solution for the Arab-Israeli conflict, while others believe that historic Palestine cannot be divided and thus the favored solution is a bi-national state on all of Palestine where Palestinians and Israelis enjoy equal representation and rights. Which of these solutions do you prefer?
  (JMCC, August, 2015)

   
2 state solution

44%

Bi-national state

21.3%

Other

1.3%

No solution

14.4%

Palestinian state

17.3%

Islamic state

1.1%

Don't know/No Answer

.6%

Do you support or oppose the return to negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis?
 (IMRA, July 29, 2015)

   
Support

48.8%

Oppose

46.2%

Don't know/No Answer

5%

20 years after Oslo, do you feel Palestinians are further from or closer to acheiving their goal of a Palestinian state?
 (IMRA, July 29, 2015)

   
Closer

26.2%

Farther

61.9%

Don't know/No Answer

11.9%

How do you feel about Palestinian proposals for armed struggle and car attacks against the occupation?
(The Washington Institute, July 2015)

 

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Strongly support

23.4%

53%

Support

32.2%

30.5%

Oppose

28.7%

12.1%

Strongly oppose

15.8%

4.4%

Hamas should maintain a ceasefire with Israel in both Gaza and the West Bank. How do you feel about this statement?
(The Washington Institute, July 2015)

 

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Strongly agree

37%

45.6%

Somewhat agree

36.8%

37.4%

Somewhat disagree

18.5%

10.1%

Strongly disagree

7.6%

6.9%

Do you support or oppose the Saudi Peace Plan?
(PCPSR, June 2015)

 

June 2015 Israelis 

June 2015 Palestinians

December 2014 Israelis 

December 2014 Palestinians

Support

21%

52%

27%

43%

Oppose

67%

44%

63%

53%

What is your expectation for the immediate future?
(PCPSR, June 2015)

 

Israelis 

Palestinians

The two sides will return to negotiations

6%

27%

The two sides will return to negotiations but some armed attacks will occur

28%

29%

The two sides will not return to negotiations and some armed attacks will occur

43%

20%

The two sides will not return to negotiations and no armed attacks will occur

8%

18%

What do you consider to be the long-term aspirations of the Palestinian Authority and the PLO?
(PCPSR, June 2015)

   
Regain some of the territories captured in the 1967 war

38%

Regain all of the territories captured in the 1967 war

30%

Conquer Israel, regain control of pre-1948 Palestine

13%

Conquer Israel, destroy the Jewish population

10%

What do you consider to be Israel's long-term aspirations?
(PCPSR, June 2015)

   
To extend it's border to cover all areas between the Jordan river and Mediterranean sea and expel all Arab citizens

56%

Annex the West Bank, deny basic rights to Palestinians

25%

Following the gaurantee of it's security, withdraw from some of the territories occupied since 1967

6%

Following the gaurantee of it's security, withdraw from all of the territories occupied since 1967

11%

After Netanyahu's declaration refusing the two-state solution and after the halting of the peace process, what are the steps that you would prefer that the Palestinians should take?
(IMRA, March 31, 2015)

 

Yes

No

Don't know

Submit a petition to the UN to recognize a Palestinian state based on 1967 borders

72.2%

22.1%

5.2%

Nonviolent and unarmed popular resistance

38.8%

54.3%

6.9%

Call for a one-state solution, with Palestinians and Israelis

56.6%

35.8%

7.6%

Dissolve the PA

22.7%

71%

6.3%

Seek recourse at the ICC

32.2%

59.3%

8.5%

Start a new armed intifada and confrontation with the Israelis

73.5%

18.4%

8.2%

Do you expect the United States to exert pressure on Israel to return to the negotiation table and accept the two-state solution?
(IMRA, March 31, 2015)

 

Total

Yes

48.8%

No

43%

Don't know/decline to answer

8.2%

After Netanyahu declared during the recent Israeli elections that he does not support a solution based on the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel, do you support or reject a return to the negotiation table?
(IMRA, March 31, 2015)

 

Total

Support negotiations

36.8%

Reject negotiations

56.3%

Don't know/decline to answer

6.9%

After the Netanyahu and Likud victory in the recent Israeli elections, do you expect a return to the negotiation table?
(IMRA, March 31, 2015)

 

Total

Yes

53.2%

No

37.8%

Don't know/decline to answer

9%

Do you support or reject ceasing security coordination between the PA and Israel?
(IMRA ,March 31, 2015)

 

Total

Support

56.7%

Reject

36.5%

Don't know/decline to answer

6.8%

Think of the future, when your children become your age. Do you think there will be peace at that time between Israelis and Palestinians?
(PCPO,March 2015)

 

Total

Certainly

2.7%

Likely

22.2%

Possibly

25.4%

Unlikely

12.9%

There will never be peace

25.9%

Don't know/decline to answer

10.9%

Do you support a return to peace negotiations with the Israelis under the present circumstances?
            (PCPO,November 2014, March 2015)

 

November 2014

March 2015

Yes

42.3%

30%

No

57.7%

41%

Don't Know/Refuse To Answer

-

29%

How would you evaluate the role Benjamin Netanyahu played, and still plays, in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process ? Was his role constructive or non-constructive?
            (PCPO, February 10, 2015)

 

Total

Very constructive

1.7%

Somewhat constructive

16.4%

Somewhat nonconstructive

25.1%

Very nonconstructive

47.4%

Don't know/decline to answer

8.7%

How would you evaluate the role the US played, and still plays, in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process ? Was its role constructive or non-constructive?
            (PCPO, February 10, 2015)

 

Total

Very constructive

1.6%

Somewhat constructive

16.7%

Somewhat nonconstructive

29.4%

Very nonconstructive

43.6%

Don't know/decline to answer

8.7%

What is your opinion on halting security coordination with Israel?
            (PCPO, February 10, 2015)

 

Total

Security coordination with Israel should be stopped

60.6%

Security coordination with Israel should continue

32.3%

Don't know/decline to answer

7.1%

Do you support a 2 state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
            (PCPO, November 2014)

 

Total

Yes

54.3%

No

45.7%

Do you anticipate a violent confrontation with the Israelis as a result of the escalating security deterioration in East Jerusalem?
            (PCPO, November 2014)

 

Total

Yes

50.0%

No

50.0%

Do you view the Swedish government's recognition of Palestine as a significant step in achieving peace?
            (PCPO, November 2014)

 

Total

Yes

89.3%

No

10.7%

Should Arabs and Muslims be able to visit Jerusalem?
            (PCPO, November 2014)

 

Total

Yes

60.2%

No

39.8%

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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