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       Israel, the Palestinians . . . (p. 3)


Polls listed chronologically. Data are from nationwide surveys of Americans 18 & older.

 
 

Gallup Poll. Feb. 7-10, 2005. N=1,008 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Next, I'd like your overall opinion of some foreign countries. Is your overall opinion of [see below] very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable?"

.

Very
Favorable
Mostly
Favorable
Mostly
Unfavorable
Very
Unfavorable
Unsure
% % % % %

Israel

2/7-10/05

19 50 20 5 6
2/04 14 45 25 10 6
2/03 22 42 23 6 7
2/02 16 42 25 10 7
2/01 18 45 20 12 5
3/00 16 46 20 8 10
1/00 11 43 21 7 18
5/99 15 53 19 6 7
2/99 18 48 16 7 11
3/96 17 45 18 11 9

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The Palestinian Authority

2/7-10/05

3 24 43 19 11
2/04 2 13 44 32 9
2/03 1 12 44 29 14
2/02 3 11 44 32 10
2/01 4 18 39 24 15
1/00 3 18 36 16 27

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Jan. 11-12, 2005. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Recently, Palestinians elected Mahmoud Abbas as the new Palestinian Authority president to replace Yasser Arafat who died in November. Do you think the Palestinian elections are more likely to bring about peace in the Middle East or continued violence?"

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Peace Continued
Violence
Mix (vol.) Unsure
% % % %
1/11-12/05 43 33 9 15

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"Do you think there will ever be peace in the Middle East?"

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Yes No Unsure
% % %
1/11-12/05 31 61 8
6/03 23 69 8
3/02 17 76 7
9/97 22 72 6

 

Pew Research Center/Council on Foreign Relations survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International. July 8-18, 2004. Nationwide.

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"What's your opinion of U.S. policies in the Middle East? Would you say they are fair or do they favor Israel too much or do they favor the Palestinians too much?" Form 1 (N=1,003 adults, MoE ± 3.5)

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Fair Favor
Israel
Favor
Palestinians
Unsure
% % % %
7/8-18/04 35 32 5 28
5/03 47 27 8 18

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"Do you think the U.S. is doing as much as it can to bring about a peace settlement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, or don't you think so?" Form 2 (N=1,006 adults, MoE ± 3.5)

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As Much
As It Can
Don't
Think So
Unsure
% % %
7/8-18/04 46 42 12
4/02 53 34 13

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Oct. 10-12, 2003. N=1,004 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Turning for a moment to the Middle East -- How much do you blame the [see below] for the current violence in the Middle East: a great deal, a moderate amount, not very much, or none at all?"

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Great
Deal
Moderate
Amount
Not Very
Much
None at All Unsure
% % % % %
Israelis
10/03 20 48 18 10 4
3/02 26 46 14 10 4

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Palestinians
10/03 36 45 12 3 4
3/02 40 42 10 4 4

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Arab countries in the region

10/03 34 44 13 4 5

 

Gallup Poll. June 12-15, 2003. N=510 adults nationwide. MoE ± 5.

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"In the Middle East conflict, do you think the United States should take Israel's side, take the Palestinians' side, or not take either side?"

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  Israel's Palestinians' Neither Unsure
  % % % %
6/03 18 4 74 4
4/29 - 5/1/02 24 2 68 6
4/5-7/02 22 2 71 5
9/01 27 1 63 9
7/00 16 1 74 9
1/00 15 1 72 12
12/98 17 2 73 7
5/98 15 2 74 9

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. May 30-June 1, 2003. N=1,019 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Which comes closest to your view about what George W. Bush should do about achieving a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians: Bush should make it his top foreign policy priority; he should make it one of his foreign policy priorities, but not his top priority; or, do you think Bush should not be deeply involved in achieving a peace agreement?" Options rotated

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Top
Priority
One of His
Priorities
Not Deeply
Involved
Unsure
% % % %
5-6/03 17 62 19 2

 

The Harris Poll. Aug. 15-19, 2002. N=1,011 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"And now some questions about the Middle East. Who do you think is mainly to blame for the violence: the Israelis or the Palestinians?"
Israelis Pales-
tinians
Neither/
Both
(vol.)
Not
Sure
 
    % % % %  
 

8/02 12 43 30 15  
7/02 9 42 30 19  
6/02 10 39 28 22  
5/02 13 34 40 13  
4/02 11 36 39 14  
3/02 10 32 44 12  
7/01 14 26 26 34  

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"Do you think that United States policy in the Middle East is too supportive of Israel, too supportive of the Palestinians, or has the balance just right?"
    8/02 7/02 6/02 5/02
    % % % %
Too supportive of Israel 29 33 29 34
Too supportive of Palestinians 10 6 7 7
Has the balance just right 40 40 40 39
Not sure 22 20 24 19

 

The Harris Poll. July 18-22, 2002. N=1,010 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"A recent proposal is that all the Arab states would recognize, and make peace with, Israel in return for an independent Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza with its capital in East Jerusalem. Do you favor this or not?"
Favor Do Not
Favor
Not
Sure
% % %
7/02 54 22 24
6/02 50 27 23
5/02 54 23 23
4/02 51 22 26

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"Do you think that United States policy in the Middle East is more supportive of Israel or more supportive of the Palestinians or equally supportive of both?"
  7/02 6/02 5/02 4/02
  % % % %
More supportive of Israel 51 50 54 51
More supportive of Palestinians 3 2 2 3
Equally supportive of both 33 32 32 33
Not sure 13 16 13 14

 

CBS News Poll. July 8-9, 2002. N=685 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.

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"Do you favor or oppose the establishment of a Palestinian homeland in the occupied territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip?" Half sample
Favor Oppose Don't
Know
% % %
7/02 40 31 29
6/02 34 32 34
5/02 39 30 31
4/02 42 27 31
12/01 39 27 34
10/01 38 29 33
10/91 33 46 20

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling the situation between Israel and the Palestinians?"
Approve Disap-
prove
Don't
Know
% % %
7/02 57 26 17
6/02 52 31 17
5/13-14/02 58 27 15
4/28 - 5/1/02 60 27 13
4/15-18/02 58 27 15

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"When it comes to the situation in the Middle East, do you think George W. Bush has a clear plan for his policy or do you think he is just reacting to events as they occur?"

Clear
Plan
Reacting Don't
Know
% % %
7/02 30 61 9
6/02 29 60 11
5/02 26 65 9

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"Do you think the U.S. has a responsibility to try to resolve the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, or isn't that really this country's business?"
Has
R
espon-
s
ibility
Not U.S.
Business
Don't
Know
% % %
7/02 46 46 8
5/02 43 47 10
4/28 - 5/1/02 48 43 9
4/15-18/02 45 48 7

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"As of now, the U.S. has said it will not meet with Arafat. Do you think that is the right thing to do, or not?"

  %
Right thing to do 54
Not the right thing to do 33
Don't know 13
   

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"The Palestinians are scheduled to hold an election in 2003. If Yasser Arafat is re-elected, should the U.S. still refuse to meet with him, or should the U.S. meet with him?"

  %
Still refuse to meet with him 32
Meet with him 53
Meet with him now (vol.) 2
Don't know 13

 

ABC News Poll. June 21-23, 2002. N=1,157 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3. Field work by ICR-International Communications Research.

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"Thinking about the Mideast: Do you think there should or should not be an independent Palestinian nation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip?"

Should Should
Not
Don't
Know
% % %
6/02 45 20 35

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. June 21-23, 2002. N=1,020 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

           

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"Do you favor or oppose the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the West Bank if the Palestinian government demonstrates that it can end the suicide bombings in Israel?"

    Favor Oppose No
Opinion
   
    % % %    
  6/02 74 18 8    

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. June 7-8, 2002. N=800 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.
           

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"Do you think George W. Bush is or is not doing enough to find a peaceful solution to the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians?"
    Is Is Not Unsure    
    % % %    
  6/02 61 28 11    
           

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"Thinking about Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat: Do you think that Ariel Sharon genuinely wants peace with the Palestinians, or not? ... Do you think Yasser Arafat genuinely wants peace with the Israelis, or not?"
    Wants
Peace
Does
Not
Unsure  
    % % %  
  Ariel Sharon 32 57 11  
  Yasser Arafat 16 76 8  

 

Gallup Poll. May 20-22, 2002. N=514 adults nationwide. MoE ± 5.
           

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"Do you favor or oppose the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, territory currently occupied by Israel?"

    Favor Oppose Unsure    
    % % %    
  5/02 47 28 25    
  7/00 38 29 33    
  5/99 52 28 20    
             
 

* Wording prior to 4/22-24/02: "In the Middle East situation, are your sympathies more with the Israelis or more with the Palestinian Arabs?"


 

CBS News Poll. May 13-14, 2002. N=647 adults nationwide. MoE ± 4.

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"In the dispute between Israel and the Palestinians, which side do you sympathize with more: Israel or the Palestinians?"
Israel Pales-
tinians
Both
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Don't
Know
% % % % %
5/02 47 17 6 14 16
4/02 48 15 5 16 16

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"What should the United States do? Should the United States government publicly support Israel, should it say or do nothing, or should it publicly criticize Israel?"
Support Say
Nothing
Criticize Don't
Know
% % % %
5/13-14/02 39 34 11 16
4/28 - 5/1/02 38 23 16 23
4/15-18/02 41 32 13 14

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. April 25-26, 2002. N=1,000 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Now, thinking about Secretary of State Colin Powell's recent diplomatic mission to the Middle East: From what you've seen, heard, or read, on balance, do you think it was worthwhile that he made the effort OR that it undermined his own credibility and that of the United States?"
%  
Worthwhile 62  
Undermined credibility 16  
Don' t know 22  

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"Do you think the Bush Administration has a well-thought-out plan for ending the violence between Israel and the Palestinians and bringing about peace in the Middle East, or not?"
    %        
  Does have 33        
  Does not 51        
  Don' t know 16        

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"How much progress, if any, do you think the Bush Administration has made in achieving peace in the Middle East? Do you think they have made a lot of progress, some progress, only a little progress, OR no progress at all?"
    %        
  A lot 6        
  Some 30        
  Only a little 34        
  None 24        
  Don' t know 6        

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"In dealing with the Middle East situation, do you think the Bush Administration has been too supportive of Israel in its conflict with the Palestinians, has been too supportive of the Palestinians, or has treated both sides about right?"
%  
Too supportive of Israel 23  
Too supportive of Palestinians 7  
Treated both about right 48  
Don't know 22  

 

CBS News Poll. April 15-18, 2002. N=1,119 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you think the Israelis are justified in taking military action in response to the recent suicide bombing attacks, or not?"
Justified Not
Justified
Unsure
% % %
4/02 67 21 13

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"What should Israel do now? Withdraw troops from the cities it has occupied in the past two weeks. OR, Increase its military activities there. OR, Maintain its presence in the areas it now occupies, but not withdraw or increase its military activities."
Withdraw Increase
Activities
Maintain
Presence
Unsure
% % % %
4/02 28 8 51 13

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"Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? The Israelis taking military action against Yasser Arafat and the Palestinians is no different from the U.S. taking military action against Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda."
Agree Disagree Unsure
% % %
4/02 59 32 9

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"Do you think the current fighting between Israel and the Palestinians will make a terrorist attack against the United States more likely to happen in the near future, less likely to happen, or won't it make any difference?"
More
Likely
Less
Likely
No Differ-
ence
Unsure
% % % %
4/02 40 9 45 6

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. April 16-17, 2002. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.
           

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"Who do you think is more to blame for the failure to reach peace in the Middle East: the Israelis or the Palestinians?"
    Israelis Pales-
tinians
Both/
Equal (vol.)
Not
Sure
 
    % % % %  
  4/02 12 33 36 19  
  8/01 17 25 34 24  
             
"Do you think U.S. efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict have been too forceful or not forceful enough?"
    %        
  Too forceful 13        
  Not forceful enough 48        
  About right (vol.) 18        
  Not sure 21        
             
"Do you think a change in either the Israeli or the Palestinian leadership will be needed to reach peace in the Middle East?" If "Yes": "Who needs to go: Yasser Arafat, Ariel Sharon, or both?"
    %      
  Yes -- Arafat needs to go 25      
  Yes -- Sharon needs to go 5      
  Yes -- both need to go 41      
  No -- neither needs to go 15      
  Not sure 14      
           

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"Would you favor or oppose sending U.S. troops to the Middle East now, to bring about a ceasefire?"
    %        
  Favor 27        
  Oppose 63        
  Not sure 10        
           

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"Would you favor or oppose sending U.S. troops to the Middle East later, to keep the peace after a treaty has been signed?"
    %        
  Favor 48        
  Oppose 42        
  Not sure 10        
             
"Do you think Yasser Arafat is a terrorist?"
    %        
  Yes 65        
  No 17        
  Not sure 18        
           

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"How likely do you think it is that Yasser Arafat is delaying peace in the Middle East to give other Arab countries time to develop weapons of mass destruction?. . ."
    %        
  Very likely 31        
  Somewhat likely 31        
  Not very likely 12        
  Not at all likely 13        
  Not sure 13        

 

CNN/Time Poll conducted by Harris Interactive. April 10-11, 2002. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.1 (total sample).

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"In general, do you agree or disagree with the Bush Administration's policy towards Israel and the Palestinians?"
ALL Repub-
licans
Indepen-
dents
Demo-
crats
% % % %
Agree 56 71 50 47
Disagree 29 18 33 36
Not sure 15 11 17 17

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"Who do you think is more responsible for the violence between Israel and the Palestinians: Israel or the Palestinians?"
4/02 3/02
% %
Israel 20 19
The Palestinians 46 44
Both (vol.) 13 9
Neither (vol.) 5 6
Other (vol.) 1 1
Not sure 15 21

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"Do you think Israel has gone too far in its military response to attacks by Palestinians against Israeli soldiers and civilians in recent weeks or don't you think it has gone too far?"
4/02 3/02
% %
Gone too far 46 46
Not gone too far 44 42
Not sure 10 12

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"As you may know, President Bush has told Israeli Prime Minister Sharon to withdraw Israeli troops from the Palestinian territories immediately. If Israel does not withdraw its troops immediately, do you think the U.S. should cut off all of its economic and military aid to Israel, reduce its military and economic aid, or keep its military and economic aid to Israel the same?"
%
Cut off all aid 27
Reduce aid 33
Keep the same 31
Increase aid (vol.) 1
Not sure 8

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"Would you favor or oppose sending U.S. troops to attempt to help end the current conflict between Israel and the Palestinians before a peace agreement is reached?"
%
Favor 22
Oppose 72
Not sure 6

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"Would you favor or oppose sending U.S. troops as part of a peacekeeping force after a peace agreement is reached between Israel and the Palestinians?"

%
Favor 45
Oppose 48
Not sure 7

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. June 12-15, 2003. N=1,006 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.
           

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"As far as you are concerned, should the development of a peaceful solution to the Palestinian-Israeli situation in the Middle East be a very important foreign policy goal of the United States, a somewhat important goal, not too important, or not an important goal at all?"
    Very Somewhat Not Too Not at All Unsure
    % % % % %
  4/02 58 32 5 4 1
  3/02 58 30 5 6 1
  2/02 54 30 7 6 3
           

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"Do you think the Israeli actions in the current conflict with the Palestinians over the past few days have been mostly justified or mostly unjustified?" Form A (N=489, MoE ± 5)
    Mostly
Justified
Mostly
Unjustified
Unsure    
    % % %    
  4/02 49 41 10    
           

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"Do you think the Palestinian actions in the current conflict with Israel over the past few days have been mostly justified or mostly unjustified?" Form A (N=489, MoE ± 5)
    Mostly
Justified
Mostly
Unjustified
Unsure    
    % % %    
  4/02 22 66 12    
           

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"How would you describe the recent violence committed by the Palestinians against the Israelis -- as acts of terrorism or as legitimate acts of war against their opponents?" Form B (N=520, MoE ± 5)
    Terrorism Acts of War Unsure    
    % % %    
  4/02 70 24 6    
           

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"How would you describe the recent violence committed by the Israelis against the Palestinians -- as acts of terrorism or as legitimate acts of war against their opponents?" Form B (N=520, MoE ± 5)
    Terrorism Acts of
War
Unsure    
    % % %    
  4/02 39 53 8    
           

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"On Thursday, President Bush demanded that Israel withdraw from the Palestinian territories it has occupied in the West Bank. Do you approve or disapprove of this policy?"
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
  4/02 71 24 5    
           

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"On Thursday, President Bush demanded that the Palestinian Authority stop encouraging suicide bombings against the Israelis. Do you approve or disapprove of this policy?"
    Approve Disapprove Unsure    
    % % %    
  4/02 92 6 2    
           

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‘How likely is it that Secretary of State Colin Powell will be successful in negotiating a peaceful resolution to the current conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians: very likely, somewhat likely, not too likely, or not at all likely?"
    Very Somewhat Not Too Not at All Unsure
    % % % % %
  4/02 6 33 44 15 2
           

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"Would you describe Palestinian Leader Yasser Arafat as an enemy of the United States, or not?"
    Yes,
Enemy
No, Not
Enemy
Unsure    
    % % %    
  4/02 59 34 7    

 

ABC News.com Poll. April 3-7, 2002. N=1,027 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3. Fieldwork by TNS Intersearch.
           

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"In the Middle East, are your sympathies more with Israel or more with the Palestinian Authority?"
    Israel Pales-
tinians
Both
(vol.)
Neither
(vol.)
Not
Sure
    % % % % %
  4/02 41 9 8 26 16
  10/01 52 14 7 15 11
           

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"Regardless of your overall feelings toward Israel and the Palestinians, who do you think is more to blame for the recent violence: Israel or the Palestinians?"
    Israel Pales-
tinians
Both
(vol.)
Not
Sure
 
    % % % %  
  4/02 12 41 24 23  
  10/90 30 47 8 15  
           

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"Would you support or oppose a plan in which Israel would withdraw from the territories it occupied in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, and in exchange the Arab nations would recognize Israel's right to exist?"
    Support Oppose Not
Sure
   
    % % %    
  4/02 53 22 26    
  3/02 52 23 26    

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. April 3, 2002. N=527 adults nationwide. MoE ± 5.
           

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"As you may know, in recent days, there has been increased violence between the Palestinians and the Israelis in the Middle East. Do you think the Israeli actions in the current conflict with the Palestinians over the past few days have been mostly justified or mostly unjustified?"
    %        
  Mostly justified 44        
  Mostly unjustified 34        
  No opinion 22        
           

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"Do you think the Palestinian actions in the current conflict with Israel over the past few days have been mostly justified or mostly unjustified?"
    %        
  Mostly justified 17        
  Mostly unjustified 62        
  No opinion 21        
           

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"Do you think the Israelis should take the first step and end military action before the Palestinians agree to end suicide bombings, or do you think the Palestinians should take the first step and end suicide bombings before the Israelis agree to end military action?"
    %      
  Israelis should take first step 25      
  Palestinians should take first step 52      
  No opinion 23      
           

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"In terms of U.S. policy toward Israel, should the U.S. actively support Israel in what it is doing, apply strong pressure to Israel to stop military action against the Palestinians, or should the U.S. do nothing at all?"
    %      
  Actively support Israel 32      
  Apply pressure to Israel to stop 39      
  Do nothing at all 19      
  No opinion 10      
           

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"As you may know, U.S. policy says that anyone who harbors terrorists will be treated as an enemy of the United States. Do you think that policy should or should not apply to Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat?"
    %        
  Should apply 77        
  Should not apply 16        
  No opinion 7        
           

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"Thinking about Israel's ties with the U.S., do you think Israel's current military action will make it more difficult for the U.S. to win the war on terrorism, or not?"
    %        
  Yes, more difficult 54        
  Not more difficult 35        
  No opinion 11        

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. March 21-22, 2002. N=1,001 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Looking ahead, do you think there will still be a state of Israel in the Middle East 50 years from today, or not?" If "Yes": "Fifty years from today, do you think Israel will still be a JEWISH state, OR that Israel will be a MIXED state in which the Palestinians have a major share of power?"
%  
YES: A Jewish state 34  
YES: A mixed state 23  
YES: Don't know which 8  
No, will not exist 18  
Don' t know 17  

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"Which side do you think is more to blame for the recent violence in the Middle East: the Israelis or the Palestinians?"
3/02 12/01
% %
The Israelis 12 11
The Palestinians 49 42
Both equally (vol.) 23 23
Neither/Other (vol.) 3 4
Don' t know 13 20

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"Please tell me if you agree or disagree with the following statement, or if you have no opinion either way: The U.S. should reduce its ties to Israel in order to lessen the acts of terrorism against us."
    Agree Dis-
agree
Don't
Know
   
    % % %    
  3/02 31 53 16    
  10/01 28 52 20    
  9/01 32 50 18    

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"Do you see Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon more as someone who is committed to the Middle East peace process or more as an obstacle to peace? ...
"Do you see Palestinian Authority chairman Yasir Arafat more as someone who is committed to the Middle East peace process or more as an obstacle to peace?"
Sharon Arafat
% %
Committed to peace 32 16
An obstacle to peace 40 70
Don't know 28 14

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"Do you think the United States should or should not favor creating a Palestinian state?"
    Should
Favor
Should
Not
Favor
Don't
Know
   
    % % %    
  3/02 39 44 17    
  12/01 40 39 21    
  11/01 33 39 28    

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"In which of the following ways, if any, do you think the United States should get involved in trying to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian dispute and end the violence? What about [see below]? Do you think the U.S. should do this or not?"
  Yes No Don't
Know
  % % %
Increasing diplomatic efforts to broker a peace settlement
  71 23 6

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Sending U.S. troops to Israel as part of an international force with monitoring and peace-keeping responsibilities
  32 62 6

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Providing more money to create conditions helpful to peace, such as paying Israeli and Palestinian settlers money to relocate and funding for general economic development
  26 66 8

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. March 12-13, 2002. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.
           

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"Which side do you think should make a major compromise in the Middle East conflict: the Israelis or the Palestinians?"
    %        
  Israelis 19        
  Palestinians 26        
  Neither/Both (vol.) 31        
  Not sure 24        
           

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"Do you favor or oppose the United States taking a more active role in the Middle East peace negotiations?"
    %        
  Favor 63        
  Oppose 26        
  Not sure 11        
           

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"Do you favor or oppose the United States sending military troops to the Middle East to help keep the peace?"
    %        
  Favor 44        
  Oppose 47        
  Not sure 9        

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Dec. 6-7, 2001. N=1,003 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you think the Israelis' use of force in responding to violence by the Palestinians has been excessive or is appropriate given the circumstances?"
%
Excessive 27
Appropriate 55
Don't know 18

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"Which ONE of the following statements comes closer to your own views on U.S. involvement in the dispute between the Israelis and the Palestinians? The U.S. should be involved because of our historic commitment to Israel. The U.S. should be involved because the Middle East is an important source of oil. It's not in the best interests of the U.S. to be involved."
%
Involved because of historic commitment 42
Involved because of oil 18
Not in best interests of U.S. to be involved 29
Don't know 11

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). Nov. 9-11, 2001. N=809 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.5.

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"Has the war on terrorism made you think that the United States' relations toward Israel should be closer, more distant, or stay the same?"
Closer More
Distant
Stay
Same
Not
Sure
% % % %
11/9-11 29 14 48 9
10/7 30 13 48 9

 

CBS News/New York Times Poll. Oct. 25-28, 2001. N=1,024 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3

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"With regard to the situation in the Middle East, at the present time, are you more in sympathy with Israel or more in sympathy with the Arab nations?"

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Israel Arab Nations Neither (vol.) Both (vol.) Unsure
% % % % %
10/01 48 19 13 3 17
10/91 48 19 11 5 17

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"Do you think that a major cause of U.S. problems in the Middle East today is that the United States has paid too much attention to Israel and not enough attention to the Arab countries, or don't you think so?"

.

%
Is a major cause of problems 39
Don't think so 46
Unsure 15

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"Is your overall opinion of the Palestine Liberation Organization -- the P.L.O. -- very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable?"

.

Very
Favorable
Mostly
Favorable
Mostly
Unfavorable
Very
Unfavorable
Unsure
% % % % %
10/01 4 18 35 22 21
4/98 2 9 43 29 16

 

ABC News Poll. Oct. 8-9, 2001. N=1,009 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3. Field work by TNS Intersearch.

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"Do you think the United States should increase its support for Israel, decrease its support for Israel or keep it about the same?"
%
Increase 13
Decrease 13
Keep it about the same 68
No opinion 6

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"Do you think the United States should or should not recognize Palestine as an independent nation?"
%
Should 55
Should not 28
No opinion 17

 

Newsweek Poll conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. Oct. 4-5, 2001. N=1,002 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"I'd like to find out what you think the impact of the United States endorsing the idea of Palestinian state would be. First, do you think this would help the United States' effort to build a coalition to fight terrorism, hurt the U.S. effort, or would it not make any difference?"
%
Help 35
Hurt 11
No difference 43
Don't know 11

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"Next, do you think this would help Israel, hurt Israel, or would it not make any difference?"
%
Help 24
Hurt 29
No difference 34
Don't know 13

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"Next, do you think this would help the Palestinian people, hurt them, or would it not make any difference?"
%
Help 38
Hurt 19
No difference 32
Don't know 11

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"Next, do you think this would make peace in the Middle East more likely, less likely, or would it not make any difference?"
%
More likely 27
Less likely 19
No difference 47
Don't know 7

 

NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll conducted by the polling organizations of Peter Hart (D) and Robert Teeter (R). Sept. 15-16, 2001. N=821 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.5.

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"Have Tuesday's events made you think that the United States' relations toward Israel should be closer, more distant, or stay the same?"
%
Closer 33
More distant 16
Stay the same 42
Not sure 9

 

CNN/USA Today/Gallup Poll. Sept. 14-15, 2001. N=1,032 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Thinking about the financial aid the United States provides Israel for economic purposes, do you think U.S. economic aid to Israel should be increased, kept the same, or decreased?"
    %        
  Increased 8        
  Kept same 55        
  Decreased 29        
  Eliminated (vol.) 1        
  No opinion 7        
           

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"Thinking about the financial aid the United States provides Israel for military purposes, do you think U.S. military aid to Israel should be increased, kept the same, or decreased?"
    %        
  Increased 16        
  Kept same 47        
  Decreased 30        
  Eliminated (vol.) 1        
  No opinion 6        

 

Los Angeles Times Poll. Sept. 13-14, 2001. N=1,561 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Do you approve or disapprove of the United States' attempt to bring peace to the Middle East by serving as mediator between Israel and the Palestinians?"
%
Approve 62
Disapprove 26
Don't know 12

.

"From what you know about the situation in the Middle East, do your sympathies lie more with Israel or more with the Palestinians?
%
More with Israel 51
More with Palestinians 8
Neither (vol.) 24
Haven't heard enough (vol.) 1
Don't know 16

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"Did the terrorist attack on the United States change your sympathies in the Middle East, or not?"
%
Yes 20
No 73
Don't know 7

 

FOX News/Opinion Dynamics Poll. Aug. 22-23, 2001. N=900 registered voters nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"Who do you think is more to blame for the failure to reach peace in the Middle East: the Israelis or the Palestinians?"
%
The Israelis 17
The Palestinians 25
Both/Equal (vol.) 34
Not sure 24

.

"Do you think the U.S. should side more with the Israelis or more with the Palestinians?"
%
The Israelis 35
The Palestinians 11
Not sure 54

.

"Recent U.S. involvement in the Middle East has made little progress toward a settlement. Do you think the U.S. should take a more active role in the Middle East negotiations or a less active role?"
%
More active 28
Less active 49
Stay about the same (vol.) 13
Not sure 10

 

The Harris Poll. July 13-17, 2000. N=1,010 adults nationwide. MoE ± 3.

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"The Israeli and Palestinian leaders are meeting this week with President Clinton at Camp David to try to reach a peace settlement. How likely do you think it is that they will succeed in reaching agreement on a major settlement this year: very likely, somewhat likely, not very likely, or not likely at all likely?"
%
Very likely 9
Somewhat likely 34
Not very likely 35
Not likely at all 16
Not sure 6

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"How would you rate the job Prime Minister Ehud Barak is doing in trying to work for a reasonable solution to the future relations between Israel and Palestinians: excellent, pretty good, only fair, or poor?
"How would you rate the job Chairman Yasir Arafat of the Palestinian Authority is doing in trying to work for a reasonable solution to the future relations between Israel and Palestinians: excellent, pretty good, only fair, or poor?"
Barak Arafat
% %
Excellent/Pretty good 31 27
Only fair/Poor 43 53

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"How would you rate the job President Clinton is doing in handling relations between Israel and the Palestinians: excellent, pretty good, only fair, or poor?"
%
Excellent/Pretty good 55
Only fair/Poor 37

 


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