Palestinian flags waving in West Bank 370.
(photo credit: Reuters)
More than half of Palestinians support a two-state solution, according to a
public opinion poll published on Monday.
The poll, conducted by the Arab
World For Research & Development, covered 1,200 Palestinians in the West
Bank and Gaza Strip. It was conducted between October 20 and 22 and has a margin
of error of 3 percentage points.
AWRAD describes itself as an independent
research center that specializes in political and economic research and
development through rigorous policy and applied research.
The poll showed
that while a majority of Palestinians supports the present round of negotiations
with Israel, a similar number of respondents (54 percent) believe the process
will not yield positive results.
Furthermore, 57% of respondents said
they were less hopeful for the peace process than the previous year, while an
additional 57% believe that the Palestinians are further away from achieving a
Nevertheless, a majority of 54% of respondents continue to support
the two-state solution, the survey found.
Support for the two-state
solution is greater in the West Bank (56%) compared to 50% in the Gaza Strip,
according to the poll.
The poll also showed that 58% of Palestinians
support non-violent means “to end the occupation” as opposed to 47% of Gaza
respondents who believe that armed resistance is the best method to achieve
But while a majority of 60% believe a third intifada is
possible in the near future, only 29% said they would support such a
development, the poll showed.