PPC: Palestinian Public Opinion Polling September 2013

A poll of attitudes to the current political situation in the Palestinian territories was commissioned by the Palestinian Peace Coalition - Geneva Initiative and conducted in the West Bank and Gaza by Alpha International for Research, Polling and Informatics with the support of the European Union.

Major Findings:
A majority of Palestinians continue to support a two-state solution (57%).
Most Palestinians expect the current negotiations to fail (68%)
Despite the skepticism, a plurality of Palestinians support conducting Palestinian-Israeli negotiations (50%)
Most Palestinians support an international role in monitoring a future peace agreement (68%)
Most Palestinians believe that the best solution for Jerusalem would be to make it an open city under international control (66%)
Only small differences in attitudes between the West Bank and Gaza were recorded.
Support for Negotiations:
Overall 50% of Palestinians (48% in the West Bank and 54% in Gaza) support conducting Palestinian-Israeli negotiations; as opposed to 45% against the negotiations (45% in the West Bank and 44% in Gaza) while 7% in the West Bank and 2% in Gaza said they did not have an opinion.
Expectations of Negotiations:
In terms of the expectations of Palestinians regarding the success or failure of the current round of Palestinian Israeli negotiations, the survey showed that 25% of Palestinians (23% in the West Bank and 30% in Gaza) expect the negotiations to succeed as opposed to 68% expecting them to fail (71% in the West Bank and 64% in Gaza) while 7% of the respondents said they did not know what the outcome will be (7% in the west bank and 6% in Gaza)
Support for two state solution:
The poll showed continuing support for a two state solution with 57% of Palestinians (57% in the West Bank and 58% in the Gaza strip) believing that a two-state solution is still the best and most suitable solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; while 40% of the respondents disagreed (40% in the West Bank and 40% in the Gaza strip). 3% of respondents (3% in the West Bank and 3% in the Gaza strip) said they did not have an opinion.
Support for Jews remaining within Palestinian State:
Surprisingly, with regard to the possibility of Jews staying within the borders of the Palestinian state (after becoming Palestinian citizens and abiding by Palestinian Law) a relatively high 29% of the respondents supported this approach (32% in the West bank and 23% in the Gaza Strip) while 70% were against it (67% in the West Bank and 76% in the Gaza strip), and 1% of the respondents from the West Bank said they did not have an opinion.
International Monitoring of an Agreement:
Regarding a permanent solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, the poll showed that 68% of Palestinians (67% in West Bank and 70% in the Gaza strip) support an international role and presence in monitoring the implementation of an agreement and ensuring security for both sides and to monitor the land and sea borders of a Palestinian state including border crossings. Meanwhile, 31% of the respondents opposed this (32% in the West Bank and 30% in the Gaza strip) and 1% (2% in the West Bank and 1% in the Gaza strip) said they did not have an opinion.
As for the best solution to the Jerusalem issue, the poll showed that 14% of the Palestinians ( 15% West Bank and12% in the Gaza strip) believe it should be divided into 2 parts, with the eastern part being under Palestinian control and the western part being under Israeli control, while most of Palestinians 66% (65% West Bank and 68% in the Gaza strip) believe it should be made open for everybody and be put under international control, while 8% (8% West Bank and 8% in Gaza) said they supported opening the old city, while 1% (10% West Bank and 10% in the Gaza strip) said they did not have an opinion and 2% refused to give an answer (2% West Bank and 2% in the Gaza strip).
The poll was been conducted as part of the PPC-GI’s project titled “Enhancing momentum towards a negotiated Palestinian-Israeli final status agreement”, and funded through the EU Partnership for Peace program. The poll included a sample of 1215 persons above 18 year old living in Palestine, of them 37% in Gaza Strip and 63% in the West Bank. The interviews were conducted by telephone in the period 11.9.2013 to 17.09.2103.
"The contents of this poll are the sole responsibility of the Geneva Initiative and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the EU"