New Joint Poll December 2011: Majority of Israelis and Palestinians Support the Geneva Initiative

The poll was conducted jointly by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research in Ramallah. The poll shows an increase in support for the Clinton/Geneva permanent settlement framework on both sides.
 

The joint poll has been tracking the level of support and opposition to the Clinton/Geneva permanent settlement framework regularly since 2003. The poll shows an increase in support for the Clinton/Geneva agreements on both sides. 58% of Israelis and 50% of Palestinians support a permanent settlement package along the Clinton parameters. These results mark a significant increase in both sides' willingness to compromise compared in recent years.
 
Among Palestinians: 50% support and 49% oppose the permanent status settlement. In December 2010, 40% supported and 58% opposed such a package.
 
Among Israelis: 58% support and 39% oppose the permanent status settlement. In December 2010, 52% supported and 39% opposed such a package.
 
 

 

 

Aug

09

Dec

10

Dec

11

Overall Package

ISR

46%

52%

58%

PAL

38%

40%

50%

 
 
 
Perceptions (or rather misperceptions):
 
Despite the actual majority support for the final status package in Israel, only 34% of the Israelis estimate that a majority in their society supports this package, while 55% believe that the majority opposes it. These perceptions tap the normative facet of public opinion and indicate that the package has not acquired widespread normative legitimacy in the Israeli public. Among Palestinians, who are split in their support for the package, 51% believe that a majority in their society supports it, and 41% believe that the majority opposes.
 
Both Israelis and Palestinians believe that there is no majority support for this permanenet status settlement package on the other side. 53% of Israeli think that a majority of Palestinians opposes such a package, and 61% of the Palestinians think that a majority of Israelis opposes the package.
 
Both sides' expectations regarding a final status settlement are grim: 68% among Israelis and 62% among Palestinians think it is impossible to reach such a settlement these days.
 
To view the full poll, click here