August poll: 55% of Palestinians support two-state solution; 63% support negotiations with Israel

55% of Palestinians support two-state solution; 63% support negotiations with Israel

30.08.2010

The most recent poll prepared by Dr. Nabil Kukali, conducted and published by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion revealed the following. It was prepared during the period from August 2 to 10, 2010, covered a random sample of (1010) respondents representing the various demographic specimens of adult Palestinians (18 years and above) living in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip.

  • Around one-third (31.7 %) of the Palestinian public are in favor of starting the direct negotiations,  (31.1 %) are in  favor of continuing the indirect talks and (31.1 %) plead for the freeze of the negotiations.
  • More than half of the Palestinians prefer the two-state solution, a State of Israel and a State of Palestine side by side, rather than the solution of the bi-national state.
 

 

The United States seeks presently through its envoy to the peace process, George Mitchell, to urge both parties, the Palestinians and the Israelis, to hold direct negotiations. What would you recommend the Palestinian leadership to do now?

Response Percentage
To accept the direct negotiations 31.7
To resume the indirect negotiations 31.7
To halt the negotiations 31.1
Don’t know / refuse 5.5
 

Some people believe that the two-states formula is the preferable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while others believe that historic Palestine cannot be divided into two states, and therefore the preferable solution for them is one bi-national state all over Palestine, in which Israelis and Palestinians enjoy equal representation and equal rights. Which of the two solutions do you prefer?

Response Percentage
I prefer the two-state solution: an Israeli state and a Palestinian state 54.8
I prefer the solution of the one bi-national state all over Palestine 26.7
I prefer another solution 7.6
There is no solution for this conflict.

4.9

I don’t know / Refuse

6.0

 

How do you evaluate the performance of Salam Fayyad ‘s government at present in the West Bank compared with the performance of the government of the deposed Prime Minister Ismael Haniyyeh in Gaza. Would you say the performance of Fayyad’s government is better or worse than the performance of Haniyyeh’s government?

Response Percentage
The performance of Fayyad’s government is better than that of Haniyyeh’s government 54.4
The performance of Fayyad’s government is equal to that of Haniyyeh’s government 22.8
The performance of Fayyad’s government is worse than that of Haniyyeh’s government 17.0
I don’t know / Refuse

1.7

 

Do you think that the present Salam Fayyad’s government contributed to the advance of the reform process in the Palestinian Authority, or to its retrogression, or has no any influence on the current reform process?

Response Percentage
Contributed to advance the reform process in the PA 57.1
Contributed to the regress of the reform process in the PA 9.5
Has no any influence on the current reform process 27.7
Don't know

4.4

Refuse to answer

1.3

 

In general, do you think that the rate of corruption under the present Salam Fayyad’s government has increased, decreased, or didn’t change?

Response Percentage
The rate of corruption has increased 14.4
The rate of corruption has decreased 52.0
The rate of corruption didn’t changess 28.6
Don't know

4.4

Refuse to answer

1.3

 

In general, do you think that the internal security and safety under the present Salam Fayyad’s government improved, became worse, or remained unchanged?

Response Percentage
Security and safety improved 43.8
Security and safety became worse 15.5
Security and safety remained unchanged 35.7
Don't know

3.8

Refuse to answer

1.3