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Opinion polling conducted in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank in April of this year. The margin of error is three percentage points, with a confidence level of 95 per cent.

How optimistic or pessimistic are you toward reaching a peaceful settlement for the Arab-Israeli conflict?

  • Very optimistic: 1.9
  • Optimistic: 29.8
  • Pessimistic: 41.8
  • Very pessimistic 22.8
  • Don't know/No answer: 0.4

Which of these solutions do you prefer?

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  • Two-state solution, with separate Israeli and Palestinian states: 53.2%
  • Bi-national state, with Israelis and Palestinians being equal in a country covering all of historic Palestine: 22.1%
  • Palestinian state only: 10.4%
  • No solution: 9.5%
  • Islamic state only: 1.2%
  • Other answer: 3.6%

Do you support the continuation of military operations against Israeli targets as an appropriate response under current political conditions or do you oppose them and believe they harm Palestinian national interests?

  • Support: 37.1%
  • Oppose: 51.8%
  • Don't know: 7.3%
  • Other/No answer: 8.6%

How do you feel about the suicide-bombing operations against Israeli civilians?

  • Strongly support: 15.8%
  • Somewhat support: 21.5%
  • Somewhat oppose: 26.0%
  • Strongly oppose: 31.1%
  • Don't know/No Answer: 5.6%

Do you think that the locally made rockets fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israeli regions help, harm or don't make any difference with regard to Palestinian goals?

  • Help: 25.4%
  • Harm: 38.6%
  • No difference: 31.5%
  • Other/Don't know/No Answer: 4.4%

Which political or religious faction do you trust the most?

  • Fatah: 34.0%
  • Hamas: 15%
  • None: 37.0%
  • Other: 14.0%

Which Palestinian leader do you trust the most?

  • Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian president, Fatah leader: 17.9%
  • Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister for Gaza, Hamas member: 11.4%
  • Marwan Barghouti, imprisoned Fatah figure: 6.8%
  • Salam Fayyad, Palestinian prime minister, independent: 4.3%
  • No one: 39.1%
  • Others/no answer: 19%

Source: Jerusalem Media & Communications Centre, April 2011

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