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Palestinian Public Opinion Poll

Palestinian Public Opinion Poll

What does the Palestinian public really think about the present and future of the Mideast conflict? This opinion poll reveals some startling results.

by Birzeit University

Birzeit University is a leading Palestinian institution of higher education. In November 2000, the Development Studies Program ( conducted a poll of 1,234 Palestinians in 75 locations throughout the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, on questions relating to the intifada and the peace process.

Here are excerpts. Answers are in percentage points, with a margin of error plus-or-minus 3 percent.

1. Do you think that the Palestinian leadership should declare a Palestinian state despite Israeli and American opposition?

Yes 70.9
No 24.2
No opinion 5.0

2. Do you think that the Palestinian leadership should declare a state even if that declaration would lead to a military confrontation with Israel?

Yes 68.5
No 26.3
No opinion 5.2

3. Do think that the Palestinian Leadership accurately informs the public about political developments?

Yes 28.5
No 58.9
Not sure 12.6

4. If East Jerusalem comes under Palestinian sovereignty, will you accept Israeli sovereignty over West Jerusalem?

Yes 21.1
No 74.3
Not sure 4.6

5. Do you believe that peace is possible between Palestinians and Israelis if Israel does not recognize the right of Palestinian refugees to return?

Yes 4.9
No 91.5
Not sure 3.5

6. Have your living conditions improved or deteriorated since the start of the peace process in 1993?

Improve 14.3
Deteriorate 45.0
No change 40.8

7. Do you think that the Oslo Accords and the subsequent agreements have lead to positive changes that benefit Palestinians?

Yes 16.5
Fair 24.2
No 54.9
Not sure 4.3

8. Do you think that there is a chance for peaceful coexistence between Palestinians and Israelis?

Yes 32.6
No 60.2
Not sure 7.2

9. If negotiations continue, who should guide and watch over them?

USA 3.2
UN 38.9
Others 39.9
Not sure 18.0

10. Do you think Ehud Barak is a leader the Palestinian leadership can negotiate with?

Yes 8.8
No 84.9
Not sure 6.3

11. Do you support or oppose military attacks against American targets in the region?

Support 72.9
Oppose 21.7
Not sure 5.4

12. In the case of establishing an independent Palestinian State, would you view a friendship between a Palestinian and an Israeli positively?

Yes 30.7
No 64.8
Not sure 4.5

13. Do you support or oppose military attacks against Israeli targets at the present time?

Support 80.0
Oppose 15.1
Not sure 4.9

14. If you support military attacks, what should be the target of these attacks?

11.7 Support only against military targets
03.0 support only against settlers
33.1 against both military & settlers
00.4 against civilians in the 1948 proper
62.3 against all Israelis regardless

May 6, 2001

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Visitor Comments: 4

(4) Marque Poole Jewer, September 27, 2011 5:53 PM

I have much to say...Many emotions on this situation~ which,unlike other situations around the world...DOES affect Everyone, potentially. This is such an honest survey--what an achievement! However...the outcome is sad because it proves a two-state solution WILL NOT WORK. It also shows the deep pain and anger in a People, who were just living their lives--when all this was thrust on them. Where do we, all, go from here? Jews would have ceased to exist hundreds if not thousands of years ago, if they had not fought so vociferously to survive. But now- they are causing the pain. This is Not what GOD wants, or expects, of HIS First Family...Not to mention the very real danger of becoming SURROUNDED by hatred. My pain is growing deeper and deeper over this intensifing confrontation. The pain has turned to can be felt in the voices of those on Either side, and will lead to Actions that follow in kind. HOW can this be good for Israel...? Only through Leading the way out of this morass will Israel Prove its worth...Being born to it~ ISN'T enough! Israel CAN do it!! Who Else deserves to show the world How peace is done??.....

(3) Bob Lowe, September 26, 2011 2:30 PM

Hamas rockets.

Do members of the UN, faced with the PA demand/request for UDi staterhood, actually CARE about the Hamas rocket attacks, or do they regard it as Israeli propaganda?

(2) Channah, February 5, 2010 3:08 AM

A heartbreakingly invaluable poll...

As sad as it is, and despite my hope that this was not the case, the poll seems to make it blatantly clear that these are the truths concerning what educated Palestinian people believe. I'm pained to have to face such clearly deplorable numbers, but in the ways of facing reality and creating an accurate picture of what the peace process will entail for Israel, these figures are invaluable.

(1) JOANNE TELFER, September 10, 2001 12:00 AM

I Disagree With These Results

No palestinian state. We have to stop looking to someone else for peace! Concentrate on us and our needs. There is not peace with the Palestinins. They do not want it.

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