Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR)
: Survey Research Unit
Table of Contents:
Camp David Summit, Chances for Reconciliation and Lasting Peace, Violence and Confrontations, Hierarchies of Priorities, and Domestic Politics
27-29 July 2000
- For Polls conducted between 1993-2000:
Please visit CPRS Polls .
- PSR Index of Polls: Polls conducted since the year 2000:
Palestinian Public Opinion Polls:
Poll #2: The Mitchell Report, Cease Fire, and Return to Negotiations; Intifada and Armed Confrontations; Chances for Reconciliation; and, Internal Palestinian Conditions
5-9 July 2001
Poll #3 :Palestinians Support The Ceasefire, Negotiations, And Reconciliation
Between The Two Peoples But A Majority Opposes Arrests And Believe That Armed Confrontations Have Helped Achieve National Rights,
19-24 December 2001
Poll #4 :Palestinians Give Less Support For Bombings Inside Israel While Two Thirds Support The Saudi Plan And 91% Support Reforming The Pa, But A Majority Opposes Arrests And Opposes The Agreements That Led To Ending The Siege On Arafat's Headquarter,
Nativity Church, And Preventive Security Headquarter
15-18 May 2002
Poll #5 : While Sharply Divided Over The Ceasefire And Bombing Attacks Against Civilians, An Overwhelming Majority Supports Political Reform But Have Doubts About The Pa's Intentions To Implement It.
18-21 August 2002 - (Pressrelease)
Poll #6 : While Indicating Important Shifts In Palestinian Public Attitudes Toward The Intifada And The Peace Process, Psr Poll Shows Significant Support For The Appointment Of A Prime Minister And Refusal To Give Confidence In The New Palestinian Government. 14-22 November 2002 - (Press Release)
Poll #7 :Appointment of Prime Minister, Political Reform, Roadmap, War in Iraq, Arafat's Popularity, and Political Affiliation. 03-07 April 2003 - (Press Release)
Poll #8 : While Support For Abu Mazin Drops, Support For A Ceasefire Increases With A Majority Supporting Ending The Armed Intifada And Agreeing To A Mutual Recognition Of Israel As The State Of The Jewish People And Palestine As The State Of The Palestinian People. 19-22 June 2003 - (Press Release) and (Joint Palestinian-Israeli Press Release)
PSR Polls on Palestinian Refugees: Results Of PSR Refugees' Polls In The West Bank/Gaza Strip, Jordan And Lebanon On Refugees' Preferences And Behavior In A Palestinian-Israeli Permanent Refugee Agreement. January - June 2003
Poll #9 : With Arafat's Populairty Reaching Its Highest Level In Five Years, Three Quarters Of The Palestinians Support The Maxim Resturant Suicide Bombing And Two Thirds Believe The Roadmap Is Dead. Nonetheless, An Overwhelming Majority Of 85% Supports Mutual Cessation Of Violence, Two Thirds Support Return To Hudna, And 59% Support Taking Measures Against Those Who Would Violate A Ceasefire. 07-14 October 2003 - (Press Release)
Poll #10 : While A Majority Opposes The Geneva Document, Palestinian Attitudes Vary Regarding Its Core Components: A Large Majority Opposes The Refugee Solution And The Restrictions On Palestinian Sovereignty, But A Majority Endorses Equal Territorial Swaps And The Deployment Of A Multinational Force 04-09 December 03 - (Press Release) and (joint Palestinian Israeli press release).
Poll #11 : While Three Quarters Of The Palestinians Welcome Sharon's Plan Of Withdrawal From Gaza And While Two Thirds See It As Victory For Armed Struggle Against Occupation, 58% Of The Palestinians Prefer To See The Palestinian Atuhority And Israel Negotiate The Withdrawal Plan And 61% Believe Sharon Is Not Serious And Will Not Withdraw 14-17 March 2004 - (Press Release)
Poll #12 : In The Context Of The Sharon Disengagement Plan, Wide Support For The Egyptian Initiative And For Various Forms Of International Presence, But Ending Armed Attacks From The Gaza Strip Is Contingent On A Full Israeli Withdrawal From It 24-27 June 2004 - (Press Release) and (joint Palestinian Israeli press release).
Poll #13 : After Four Years Of Intifada, An Overwhelming Sense Of Insecurity Prevails Among Palestinians Leading To High Level Of Support For Bombing And Rocket Attacks On One Hand And To High Levles Of Demand For Mutual Cessation Of Violence And Questioning Of The Effectivness Of Armed Attacks On The Other 23-26 September 2004 - (Press Release).
Poll #14 : In an environment of increased realism and hope, in which the popularity of Fateh greatly increases while that of Hamas decreases, a close presidential race between Mahmud Abbas (Abu Mazin) and Marwan Barghouti
01-05 December 2004 - Press Release of overall survey Or (Press Release on Elections - Rleased December 6th).
Special Poll - Pre Elections:
Special Poll - Results of PSR Exit Polls For Palestinian Presidential and Local Elections: In The Presidential
Elections, Mahmud Abbas Won Because He Was Perceived As Most Able To Improve The Economy And Make Progress In The Peace Process; In The Local Elections Hamas Won Because Its Candidates Were Seen As Uncorrupt
December 2004 - January 2005
Poll #15 : SHARP DECREASE IN SUPPORT FOR SUICIDE BOMBINGS INSIDE ISRAEL AND SATISFACTION WITH THE PERFORMANCE OF ABU MAZIN, BUT HAMAS' POPULARITY INCREASES WHILE FATEH'S DECREASES 10-12 March 2005 -
and (joint Palestinian Israeli press release).
Poll #16 : Despite Negative Evaluation Of Palestinian Conditions Since The Election Of Abu Mazin, And Despite The Continued Rise In The Popularity Of Hamas, Expected Elections' Outcome Gives Fateh 44% And Hamas 33% Of The Seats Of The Next Plc 09-11 June 2005 -
Poll #17 :
On The Eve Of The Israeli Withdrawal From The Gaza Strip, 84% See It As Victory For Armed Resistance And 40% Give Hamas Most Of The Credit For It; But 62% Are Opposed To Continued Attacks Against Israelis From The Gaza Strip, 60% Support Collection Of Arms From Armed Groups In Gaza, Fateh's Electoral Standing Improved At Hamas' Expense (47% To 30%), Optimism Prevails Over Pessimism, And 73% Support The Establishment Of A Palestinian State In The Gaza Strip That Would Gradually Extend To The West Bank
07-09 September 2005 -
Special Poll - Results of PSR Exit Poll For Palestinian Local Elections:
Amid Widespread Belief that Corruption Exits in Existing Local Councils, and in Parallel with the Split Within Fateh, PSR's Local Elections' Exit Poll in the cities of Nablus, Ramallah, al-Bireh, and Jenin Shows First Signs of Crack in Fateh's Standing in the Legislative Elections
15 December 2005
Poll #18 :
With Optimism Fading, and Three Months After the Completion of the Israeli Unilateral Disengagement from the Gaza Strip, Support for a Permanent Settlement along the Clinton Parameters and the Geneva Initiative Drops, but a Large Majority Continues to Support the Hudna and Fateh's Popularity Increases - 06-08 December 2005
Special Poll Before the Start of the Election Campaign, and About One Month Before the Elections, a PSR Pre Election Poll Shows Fateh List Winning at the National Level While Showing a Tie Between Candidates of Fateh and Change and Reform in the Electoral Districts
01 January 2006
Special Poll Few Days Before the Legislative Elections, a PSR Pre Election Poll Shows Hamas Impoving its Position at the National Level, but Fateh and Hamas Remain Tied in the Districts
21 January 2006
Special Poll - Results of PSR Exit Polls For Palestinian PLC Elections: On the Election Day for the Second Palestinian Parliament: A Crumpling Peace Process and a Greater Public Complaint of Corruption and Chaos Gave Hamas a limited Advantage Over Fateh, but Fragmentation within Fateh Turned that Advantage into an Overwhelming Victory
15 February 2006
Poll #19 : On The Eve of the Formation of the New Palestinian Government, Hamas' Popularity Increases and Fateh's Decreases, but a Majority of the Palestinians Wants the Continuation of the Peace Process and the Implementation of the Road Map and Supports a New Negotiated, rather than a Unilateral, Israeli Disengagement in the West Bank
- 16-18 March 2006.
Poll #20 :
In An Environment of Increased Pessimism, Greater Support for Violence and Decreased Support For a Permanent Status Agreement Similar to the Clinton Parameters and the Geneva Document, Three Quarters Agree with the Prisoners' Document, but only 47% would Actually Vote for it if a Referendum is to Take Place Today
- 15-18 June 2006.
Poll #21 :
Despite Dissatisfaction with the Performance of the Hamas Government, Especially Regarding Salaries, and Despite Public Preference for a National Unity Government in which Fateh and Hamas are Equal, Hamas' Popularity Remains Largely Unchanged and the Majority does not Think it Should Recognize Israel
- 14-16 September 2006.
Poll #22 :
With Increased Public Dissatisfaction with the Performance of the President and the Hamas Government and with a Widening of the Gap Between the Popularity of Fateh and Hamas in Favor of the Former, a Majority Supports the Holding of Early Presidential and Parliamentary Elections, and is in Favor of the Arab (Saudi) Initiative, and Prefers a Comprehensive Settlement over an Interim Political Track
- 14-16 December 2006.
Poll #23 :
An Overwhelming Majority is Satisfied with the Make-Up of the National Unity Government but the Public is Split into Two Equal Halves with Regard to its Acceptance of the Quartet Conditions and Almost Three Quarters are in Favor of the Saudi Initiative
- 22-24 March 2007.
Poll #24 :
Anger and lack of confidence prevails in the Palestinian Street:
While Popularity of Hamas Decreases, and Status of Ismail Haniyeh and Mahmud Abbas Declines, and While the Public Loses Confidence in its Leadership, in Most of the Security Services, and in the Various Armed "Brigades," Three Quarters Demand Early Presidential and Parliamentary Elections and 63% support the American Security Plan
- 14-20 June 2007.
Poll #25 :
While Three Quarters of the Palestinians Reject Hamas's Military Action in the Gaza Strip and While Fateh and President Mahmud Abbas Gain Popular Support as a Result of Hamas's Step, and While a Majority Supports the Presidential Decree Regarding Election Law and Supports Early Elections, 40% Want the Government of Ismail Haniyeh to Stay in Power and Half of Gazans Feel They and Their Families are Secure and Safe in Their Homes
- 06-08 September 2007.
Poll In PDF Format.
Poll #26 :
A Total Lack of Confidence in the Annapolis Process Keeps Hamas's Popularity Stable despite Worsening Conditions in the Gaza Strip
- 11-16 December 2007.
Special Poll :
Mass Rafah Border Crossing Consolidates Hamas's and Ismail Haniyeh's Standing and Weakens Fateh's and Mahmud Abbas's
- 23 January - 03 February 2008.
With Increased Dissatisfaction with the Performance of Mahmud Abbas and with the Government of Ismail Haniyeh Seen as Having Greater Legitimacy and Better Performance than the Government of Salam Fayyad, and with Confidence in the Negotiations with Israel Collapsing, Hamas's and Haniyeh's Popularity Increase and Fateh's and Abbas's Decrease While Support for Rocket Launching and Suicide Attacks Increase - 13-15 March 2008.
Abbas Regaining Some of his Popularity and Hamas losing some of its popularity,
and despite widespread support for a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel, an
overwhelming majority of Palestinians opposes a ceasefire that does not include
the West Bank or does not stipulate an immediate opening of the Rafah crossing
to Egypt - 5-7 June 2008
Poll In PDF Format.
As the gap between Mahmud
Abbas and Ismail Haniyeh widens in favor of the former, a majority supports
continuation of the current ceasefire between Hamas and Israel and prefers
peace negotiations to free Palestinian prisoners but shows little confidence
in diplomacy and supports kidnapping of Israeli soldiers in order to
exchange them with Palestinian prisoners
28-30 August 2008
Poll In PDF Format.
3-5 December 2008
In the aftermath of the Gaza War: Hamas’ way is preferred by the majority over Abbas’ way as the most effective in ending occupation and building a Palestinian state and Haniyeh defeats Abbas in a presidential election
Popularity of Hamas and Haniyeh drops and the popularity of Fateh and Abbas rises but pessimism regarding reconciliation prevails once again and a majority believes the new Obama administration will not succeed in reviving the peace process.
28-30 March 2013
Joint Press Releases - Joint Palestinian-Isreali Public Opinion Polls:
- In The Post Arafat Era, Palestinians And Israelis Are More Willing To
For The First
Time Majority Support For Clinton's Permanent Status Settlement Package. January 2005
- PALESTINIANS AND ISRAELIS DISAGREE ON HOW TO PROCEED WITH THE PEACE PROCESS
- March 2005
- WHILE ISRAELI SUPPORT FOR THE DISENGAGEMENT DROPS, ISRAELIS SEE DECLINING PROSPECTS FOR THE SETTLEMENT PROJECT IN THE WEST BANK, WHEREAS PALESTINIANS EXPECT IT TO GROW
- June 2005
- TWO THIRDS AMONG PALESTINIANS, ISRAELI JEWS AND ISRAELI ARABS SUPPORT THE MUTUAL RECOGNITION OF ISRAEL AS THE STATE OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE AND PALESTINE AS THE STATE OF THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE.
- September 2005
- STABLE MAJORITY SUPPORT FOR CLINTON'S FINAL STATUS PACKAGE AMONG ISRAELIS BUT DECLINE IN SUPPORT AMONG PALESTINIANS:
Large support in both publics for the extension of the cease fire
- December 2005
- OVERWHELMING MAJORITY AMONG ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS FOR NEGOTIATED RATHER THAN UNILATERAL FURTHER DISENGAGEMENTS
60% of the Israelis support negotiations with Abu Mazin over a final status settlement
- March 2006
- WITH SUPPORT FOR A PERMANENT DEAL ALONG THE CLINTON PARAMETERS DROPPING AMONG ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS, ONLY 46% OF THE ISRAELIS SUPPORT OLMERT'S REALIGNMENT PLAN AND ONLY 47% OF THE PALESTINIANS WOULD APPROVE THE PRISONERS' DOCUMENT IN A REFERENDUM
- June 2006
- IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE WAR IN LEBANON, PALESTINIAN SUPPORT FOR HAMAS UNCHANGED WITH GREATER PRAGMATISM AMONG ISRAELIS REGARDING NEGOTIATIONS- September 2006
- STRONG PREFERENCE AMONG PALESTINIANS AND ISRAELIS FOR A COMPREHENSIVE SETTLEMENT OVER AN INTERIM POLITICAL TRACK
- December 2006
- IN THE BACKDROP OF THE GAZA TAKEOVER BY HAMAS, ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS SHARE GRIM EXPECTATIONS OF THE OTHER SIDE'S LEADERSHIP AND THE CHANCES FOR THE RESUMPTION OF NEGOTIATIONS- June 2007
- SKEPTICAL ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS ARE SPLIT HALF IN SUPPORT FOR A FINAL STATUS PACKAGE ALONG THE CLINTON PARAMETERS- December 2007
- THREATENED ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS DISENCHANTED WITH THE PEACE PROCESS AND SUPPORT FURTHER VIOLENCE- March 2008
Israelis strongly oppose cease-fire with Hamas
if agreement does not include release of Gilad Shalit; Palestinians strongly
oppose such an agreement if it does not include the West Bank or does not
stipulate an immediate opening of the Rafah crossing to Egypt - June 2008
Sweeping majority of Israelis support release of Marwan Barghouti in return for
Gilad Shalit; three-fourths of Palestinians back soldier kidnappings in exchange
for Palestinian prisoners
Among other findings of joint Truman-PSR poll: both publics support continuation of cease-fire agreement with Hamas
- September 2008
Following Obama’s Election, Palestinians and
Israelis Seek a more active role of the US in Moderating the Conflict Among other findings of the joint Truman-PSR
poll: both publics support continuation of the cease-fire agreement between
Hamas and Israel. Only about a quarter of Israelis support reoccupation of the
Gaza Strip if shelling of Israeli communities continues -
In the aftermath of Israel’s military operation
in Gaza and the February elections, Israelis and Palestinians share hawkish
positions and gloomy expectations regarding the peace process Among other findings of the joint Truman PSR
poll: Both Palestinians and Israelis believe that given the outcome of the
Israeli military operation in Gaza, Palestinians are worse off than before the
operation. Two thirds of Israelis believe that Israel stopped its military
operation in Gaza too early, but only 30% think that Israel should reoccupy the
Gaza Strip and stay there if shelling of Israeli communities continues -
Pessimism among Israelis
and Palestinians regarding the prospects for a settlement and a Palestinian
state in the next few years, but majorities on both sides support a two-state
solution.Following Obama’s Cairo speech, Israelis’
pessimism decreased somewhat and support for the two-state solution increased
slightly - June 2009
Israelis are more apprehensive and Palestinians somewhat more favorable about US
involvement in the Peace Process compared to their expectations last December
after Obama's election. August
In Israel: A slim majority (52%) believes Israel should pay almost any
price to return prisoners of war.In the PA: If released from jail,
Marwan Barghouti would beat Ismail Haniyeh for Presidency by a large
Majority of Palestinians and Israelis prefer two-state
over binational state or confederation
Despite the Gaza Flotilla incident,
Rise in Willingness to compromise among Palestinians and Israelis, but
two-thirds on both sides remain pessimistic about the future of the
peace process June 2010
PALESTINIANS BELIEVE THEY ARE OF GREATER NEED OF SUCCESS IN THE
NEGOTIATIONS, ISRAELIS THINK BOTH SIDES NEED IT EQUALLY, BUT BOTH
PUBLICS ARE SKEPTICAL ABOUT THEIR SUCCESS.
A majority of Israelis opposes
intolerant steps toward Arab citizens. Palestinians incorrectly believe
that the majority of Israeli Jews supports such steps
In the backdrop of the demonstrations in the Arab world, neither
Palestinians nor Israelis consider such demonstrations to be capable of
ending occupation in the West Bank -
6 April 2011
Palestinians are determined to go to the UN in September and not to return to negotiations with Netanyahu,
in line with Israelis’ expectations
Over 80% of the Palestinians support turning to the UN to obtain recognition of a Palestinian state.
About 70% of Israelis think that if the UN recognizes a Palestinian state Israel should accept the decision
Increase in Palestinians’ and Israelis’ willingness to compromise amidst climate of feud and mistrust
In the aftermath of the exploratory talks in Amman, Israelis reject Palestinians’ conditions for returning to negotiations,
and Palestinians oppose returning to negotiations unconditionally
Israelis are split and Palestinians oppose a new Israeli unilateral plan designed to encourage settlers to move back to Israel in
order to bolster the two-state solution and the Israeli government’s ability to reach a peace solution with the Palestinians. Neither
Israelis nor Palestinians think that the plan is likely to be implemented by the Netanyahu government
Around 80% of Palestinians and of Israelis think that if Israel were to carry out a military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities,
a major regional war will erupt. However a majority of Israelis do not believe that Israel will strike and the climate of opinion is against it
Given the outcome of the Israeli operation in Gaza
and the UN recognition of a Palestinian state, Palestinians move towards Hamas’ over Abbas’s way, whereas Israelis stand steadfast in their evaluations and preferences.
- December 2012