December 2010 Public Opinion Poll

The majority of Israelis (65%) support negotiations for a permanent status agreement and (65%) believe that the current lack of negotiations is bad for Israel. A majority (54%) supports a package-deal along the parameters of the Geneva Accord.

 


The vast majority of Israelis (65%) support negotiations for a permanent status agreement with the Palestinians (a 9% increase from March 2010) and (65%) believe that the current situation without a political process between Israel and the Palestinians is bad for Israel. Simultaneously, however, the majority (55%) believes that it is impossible to reach an agreement with the Palestinians to end the conflict.

Regarding a final status agreement, while Israelis oppose most of the clauses of the Geneva Accord when these are presented as stand-alone items - the majority (54%) support a package-deal along the parameters of the Geneva Accord. Among Kadima voters, 68% support such an agreement, and 49% of Likud voters would do the same.

With respect to international involvement, 62% of Israelis support increased American involvement (up 6% from March 2010) and 46% support increased European involvement.

The poll sampled 600 Israelis (including a proportionate sample of Arab citizens and the Russian-speaking Israeli public) who form a representative sample of the Israeli public. The poll was conducted by Market Watch Research Institute on December 12-14, 2010. Maximum margin of error ±4.0. It was

  1. Do you support or oppose negotiations with the Palestinians for a permanent agreement?

March 2010

December 2010

Support

56%

65%

Oppose

27%

26%

Undecided

17%

9%

* In looking at party variances, the increase in supporters for the negotiations process came from Likud (from 47% support in March to 56% support in December) and Yisrael Beiteinu + Habayit Hayehudi voters (from 39% support in March to 52% support in December)

  1. Do you think that President Abbas is a partner with who the opportunity should not be missed or do you think it best to wait for the next leader?

March 2010

December 2010

Partner that should not be missed

40%

45%

Better to wait for next leader

31%

32%

Undecided

30%

22%

* In looking at party variances, the increase in those who believe that Abbas is a partner that should not be missed came from Likud (with an increase of 11% in those who hold this opinion)

  1. Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with PM Netanyahu’s performance in the political arena?

Satisfied

40%

Dissatisfied

54%

Undecided

6%

  1. In the event that PM Netanyahu decides to take major political steps (vis-à-vis the Palestinians), would it increase or decrease your support for him?

Increase support / will not make a difference

79%

Decrease support

18%

Undecided

4%

  1. In your opinion, is prolonging the current situation without a political process between Israel and the Palestinians, good or bad for Israel?

Good

28%

Bad

65%

Undecided

8%

  1. Do you, or do you not, support an agreement with the Palestinians along the following parameters:
  • An almost complete withdrawal to the 1967 lines, except for a number of settlement blocks which will be traded for unpopulated areas
  • Jewish neighborhoods in East Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty and Arab neighborhoods under Palestinian sovereignty
  • The Jewish Quarter and the Wailing Wall in the Old City under Israeli sovereignty, the Mosques and the Arab Quarters in the Old City under Palestinian sovereignty
  • A non-militarized Palestinian state, and comprehensive security arrangements which will protect Israel
  • A return of Palestinian refugees to the Palestinian state and entry of a limited number of refugees to Israel based onIsrael’s sovereign decision
  • A mutual Israeli and Palestinian end to all further claims and end to the conflict

Support

54%

Oppose

29%

Undecided

17%

* Whereas the Israeli public opposes most of the clauses when these are presented as stand-alone items, the package deal for a final-status agreement to end the conflict is clearly supported by the majority.

  1. There is a claim that continued presence of Israel in the occupied territories will result in an Arab predominance inIsrael’s territory between Jordan and the sea. Are you or are you not worried that as a result of this the state of Israelwill cease to be a Jewish/democratic state?

Jewish

Democratic

I am worried that the state of Israel will cease to be a Jewish/democratic state

64%

60%

I am NOT worried that the state of Israel will cease to be a Jewish/democratic state

30%

36%

Undecided

7%

4%

  1. Do you or do you not believe that it is possible to reach a permanent status agreement with the Palestinians and end the conflict?

Believe it is possible

40%

Believe it is impossible

55%

Undecided

5%

  1. In general, do you support or oppose increasing American involvement in the process between Israel and the Palestinians?

March 2010

December 2010

Support

56%

62%

Oppose

36%

33%

Undecided

8%

5%

  1. In general, do you support or oppose increasing European involvement in the process between Israel and the Palestinians?

March 2010

December 2010

Support

44%

46%

Oppose

46%

48%

Undecided

10%

6%

  1. Lately there have been international calls to sanction Israel in different respects (economic; academic; cultural). Does this phenomenon, or does it not, worry you?

It worries me

73%

It does not worry me

25%

Undecided

3%

This poll was conducted with the generous support of AECID