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Palestinian Public Opinion Polls: Attitudes About Peace With Israel


How likely is it that there will be peace with the Israelis in the near future? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, Nov. 19-23, 2004)

Very likely
Somewhat likely
Somewhat unlikely
Very unlikely
Refused-do not read

Now that President Bush won the elections for a second term, do you think that he is serious in his intentions to implement his vision of the creation of a Palestinian state by the end of his term? (Center of Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at Najah National University, November 19-20, 2004).

11.6 %
No Opinion/DK

Do you think that it's the right of the Palestinians and Israelis to live in peace and security, or not? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, November 4 - 8, 2004)

Don't know

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 current conditions (i.e. international changes): (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, November 4 - 8, 2004)

Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know

Do you think that the Palestinians are obliged to waive their claims to the right of Home-return, which Israel will never agree to, as the price of establishing an independent state for them and the conclusion of a peace agreement with Israel? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, November 4 - 8, 2004)

The Palestinians have to accept that
The Palestinians shouldn't accept that, even if consequently no peace agreement would be concluded with Israel.
No opinion

In case the Palestinian leadership would accept the waiver of the right of Home-return and replace that with financial compensation. Would you accept or refuse that? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, November 4 - 8, 2004)

would accept that
would refuse that
no opinion

In general how optimistic or pessimistic do you feel toward the future? (JMCC, June 2004)(JMCC, June 2004)

Very optimistic 3.3
Optimistic 42.0
Pessimistic 33.8
Very Pessimistic 20.7
No answer 0.2

How optimistic or pessimistic are you towards reaching a peaceful settlement for the Arab-Israeli conflict? (JMCC, June 2004)

Very optimistic 1.8
Optimistic 26.8
Pessimistic 40.3
Very Pessimistic 30.3
No answer 0.8

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 wherein Palestinians and Israelis enjoy equal representation and rights. Which of these solutions do you prefer? (JMCC, June 2004)

Two-state solution: an Israeli and a Palestinian 44.5
Bi-national state on all of historic Palestine 26.5
One Palestinian State in all Palestine 11.1
There is no solution 13.6
Islamic State 2.3
Do not know 1.4
No answer 0.6

Do you see a difference between the USA and Europe policies against the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? (JMCC, June 2004)

Yes 39.8
No 55.3
No answer 4.9

Do you see, it is worth or not worth, or does not make difference to have a third party in the Palestinian lands to assist in solving the problem with Israel? (JMCC, June 2004)

It is worth to have a third party 43.3
It is not worth to have a third party 17.4
Make no difference 36.3
No answer 3.0

Do you see it as appropriate that the presence must be: International presence only to observe, or international presence with authority and power? (JMCC, June 2004)

International presence only to observe 34.7
International presence with authority and power 45.1
No answer 20.2

Do you see it is appropriate that the presence be represented by the USA only, the United Nations, or USA-Europe joint presence? (JMCC, June 2004)

USA only 3.4
United Nations 42.5
USA-Europe joint presence 32.0
No answer 22.1

Do you believe that the United States is serious about achieving peace in the Middle East? (The Birzeit University Development Studies Programme (DSP), June 6, 2004)

Yes 7.2
No 88.8
No opinion 3.9

6. Do you support return to negotiations with the Israelis? (The Birzeit University Development Studies Programme (DSP), June 6, 2004)

Yes 44.7
No 53.2
No opinion 2.1

7. Do you think that Israel has a genuine desire to achieve peace with the Palestinians? (The Birzeit University Development Studies Programme (DSP), June 6, 2004)

Yes 8.8
No 88.2
No opinion 3.0

8. Do you believe that peace is possible between Palestinians and Israelis if Israel does not recognize the right of Palestinian refugees to return? (The Birzeit University Development Studies Programme (DSP), June 6, 2004)

Yes 12.9
No 84.3
No opinion 2.8

9. Do you think that there is a chance for peaceful coexistence between Palestinians and Israelis on the basis of justice (according to UN resolutions)? (The Birzeit University Development Studies Programme (DSP), June 6, 2004)

Yes 37.7
No 54.3
No opinion 8.1

10. In the case that negotiations continue, under what auspices should they be under? (The Birzeit University Development Studies Programme (DSP), June 6, 2004)

Arab League 51.2
UN 25.4
others 13.5
USA 4.7
Not sure 5.2

11. Do you feel that the rallies organized by the Israeli peace movement are important in opposing Prime Minister Sharon's policies? (The Birzeit University Development Studies Programme (DSP), June 6, 2004)

Yes, Important 51.9
Important to some extent 22.8
Not Important 22.3
No opinion 3.0

What about the prisoners exchange between Israel and Hizballah? Who came out a winner: Israel or Hizballah? (don't read response options) (PCPSR, March 2004)

  Total West Bank Gaza Strip
Israel 8.6 8.7 8.3
Hizballah 80.2 82.7 76.0
Both 6.8 4.6 10.3
Neither 2.0 2.3 1.4
DK/NA 2.5 1.6 4.0