Trend: Are Your Sympathies More With the Israelis or More With the Palestinians?

Trend: In the Middle East situation, are your sympathies more with the Israelis or more with the Palestinians?

Trend: Do you think the Israeli actions in the current conflict with the Palestinian group Hamas over the past few weeks have been -- mostly justified or mostly unjustified?

Trend: Do you think the actions of the Palestinian group Hamas in the current conflict with Israel over the past few weeks have been -- mostly justified or mostly unjustified?

Do you think the current conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians is more serious than past conflicts between them, less serious, or about the same as past conflicts?

Trend: Please say whether you consider Israel an ally of the United States, friendly, but not an ally, unfriendly, or an enemy of the United States.

Trend: Next, I’d like your overall opinion of some foreign countries. What is your overall opinion of Israel? Is it very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable?

Trend: Next, I’d like your overall opinion of some foreign countries. What is your overall opinion of The Palestinian Authority? Is it very favorable, mostly favorable, mostly unfavorable, or very unfavorable?

Do you think there will or will not come a time when Israel and the Arab nations will be able to settle their differences and live in peace?

Trend: Do you favor or oppose the establishment of an independent Palestinian state on the West Bank and the Gaza Strip?

Trend: Is the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians a critical threat, an important but not critical threat, or not an important threat at all to the vital interests of the United States in the next 10 years?

Trend: In order to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, do you think the United States should -- [ROTATED: put more pressure on the Palestinians to make the necessary compromises (or) put more pressure on the Israelis to make the necessary compromises]?

NOTE: (vol.) = Volunteered response

Do you think Barack Obama is being too tough, about right, or not tough enough in dealing with -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

A. The Israelis

Too
tough

About
right

Not tough
enough

No
opinion

2010 Mar 26-28

18%

30

43

9

B. The Palestinians

Too
tough

About
right

Not tough
enough

No
opinion

2010 Mar 26-28

4%

33

53

10

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?

Yes, is

No, is not

No opinion

2008 Feb 11-14

46%

47

7

2007 Feb 1-4

44%

51

5

2002 Jun 7-8

61%

28

11


As you may know, former President Jimmy Carter recently published a book on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. How closely have you been following the news about this book -- very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?

Very
closely

Somewhat
closely

Not too
closely

Not
at all

No
opinion

2007 Feb 1-4

6%

15

26

53

1

From what you have heard or read, do you have a mostly favorable, neutral, or mostly unfavorable opinion of Carter's new book?

Mostly favorable


Neutral

Mostly unfavorable

No
opinion

2007 Feb 1-4

17%

40

18

24

As a result of the recent developments in the Middle East related to the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah, do you think -- [RANDOM ORDER] -- has improved or gotten worse?


2006 Aug 18-20
(sorted by "improved")

Improved

Gotten
worse

No
difference
(vol.)

No
opinion

%

%

%

%

The power of the Hezbollah group in Lebanon

35

44

3

17

The security of Israel

31

52

7

10

The image of the United States in the Middle East

17

70

8

5

The prospect for long-term peace in the Middle East

16

71

8

5

What role do you think the U.S. should play in developing a peace agreement between Israel and Hezbollah? Do you think the U.S. should -- take the leading role, let the United Nations take the leading role but still be involved, or not get involved at all?

Do you think the United States should play a major role or a minor role in the development of a peace agreement?

COMBINED RESPONSES: ASKED OF A HALF-SAMPLE

2006 Aug 18-20

%

United States should take leading role

14

United Nations take leading role, but U.S. still involved

56

(U.S. should play major role)

(21)

(U.S. should play minor role)

(35)

United States should not get involved at all

29

No opinion

2

(Asked of a half sample) Do you think the recent ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah in the Middle East -- [ROTATED: marks the beginning of a long-lasting peace between Israel and Hezbollah, (or) will only be temporary and fighting will soon break out again between Israel and Hezbollah]?

Beginning of
long-lasting peace

Only
temporary

No
opinion

2006 Aug 18-20

6%

91

3

Do you think the United States supports [ITEM A READ FIRST, THEN ITEMS B-C READ IN RANDOM ORDER] -- [ROTATED: too much, about the right amount, or too little]?

A. Israel

Too much

Right amount

Too little

No opinion

%

%

%

%

2006 Jul 28-30

38

44

11

8

2003 May 30-Jun 1

32

48

12

8

2002 Jun 7-8

43

40

10

7

2002 Apr 5-7

35

49

10

6

2002 Mar 1-3

38

48

11

3

2001 Dec 14-16 ^

31

51

10

8

2001 Oct 19-21

29

58

9

4

^ Asked of a half sample

B. Lebanon

Too much

Right amount

Too little

No opinion

2006 Jul 28-30

25%

32

28

15

C. The Palestinians

Too much

Right amount

Too little

No opinion

2006 Jul 28-30

33%

32

22

14

How closely have you been following the news about the attacks going on in Israel and Lebanon -- very closely, somewhat closely, not too closely, or not at all?

Very
closely

Somewhat
closely

Not too
closely

Not
at all

No
opinion

2006 Jul 28-30

27%

40

23

10

--

2006 Jul 21-23

28%

43

22

6

*

Which comes closest to your view of Israel's current military action in Lebanon -- [ROTATED: Israel is justified in all of the military action it has taken so far, Israel is justified in taking some military action, but has gone too far, or Israel is not justified in any of the military action it has taken]?

Justified in
all military
action taken

Justified, but
gone too far

Not justified
in any
military
action taken

No
opinion

2006 Jul 28-30

37%

44

10

9

2006 Jul 21-23

33%

50

7

9

Do you think the United States is doing -- [ROTATED: too much, about the right amount, or not enough] -- to resolve this conflict?

Too much

Right amount

Not enough

No opinion

2006 Jul 28-30

19%

43

32

7

Which of the following positions should the U.S. take in the current conflict between Israel and the Hezbollah group in Lebanon -- [ROTATED: the U.S. should press for an immediate ceasefire, the U.S. should allow the conflict to go on a while longer before pressing for a ceasefire, (or) the U.S. should not get involved in pressing for a ceasefire at any point in the conflict]?


Immediate
ceasefire

Allow conflict
to go on a
while longer


Not involved
at any point


No
opinion

2006 Jul 28-30

32%

20

43

5

Do you think the Bush administration has a clear and well-thought out policy on the situation in the Middle East, or not?

Yes, does have

No, does not

No opinion

%

%

%

2006 Jul 21-23

27

67

7

2002 Jun 21-23

35

60

5

2002 Apr 5-7

48

47

5

2002 Apr 3 ^

41

48

11

^ One-night poll; polls conducted entirely in one day, such as this one, are subject to additional error or bias not found in polls conducted over several days.

How much do you blame -- [RANDOM ORDER] -- for the current attacks in Israel and Lebanon -- a great deal, a moderate amount, not very much, or not at all?

Israel

Great
deal

Moderate
amount

Not very
much

Not
at all

No
opinion

2006 Jul 21-23

15%

30

21

23

11

Hezbollah

Great
deal

Moderate
amount

Not very
much

Not
at all

No
opinion

2006 Jul 21-23

53%

23

7

5

12

Iran

Great
deal

Moderate
amount

Not very
much

Not
at all

No
opinion

2006 Jul 21-23

39%

31

13

6

10

Syria

Great
deal

Moderate
amount

Not very
much

Not
at all

No
opinion

2006 Jul 21-23

29%

36

13

6

15

Lebanon

Great
deal

Moderate
amount

Not very
much

Not
at all

No
opinion

2006 Jul 21-23

27%

38

15

9

11

Do you approve or disapprove of the military action Israel has taken in Lebanon?

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

2006 Jul 21-23

50%

38

12

Do you approve or disapprove of the military action Hezbollah has taken in Israel?

Approve

Disapprove

No opinion

2006 Jul 21-23

11%

76

13

Do you favor or oppose the use of Israeli ground troops in an invasion of southern Lebanon?

Favor

Oppose

No opinion

2006 Jul 21-23

40%

47

12

In the current conflict, do you think the United States should take Israel's side, take the side of Hezbollah, or not take either side?

Israel's
side

Hezbollah's side

Not take
either side

No
opinion

2006 Jul 21-23

31%

*

65

4

As far as you are concerned, should the development of a peaceful solution to the Arab-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
important

Somewhat
important

Not too
important

Not at all
important

No
opinion

2006 Jul 21-23

50%

35

8

7

1

How concerned are you that each of the following will happen as a result of the current fighting between Israel and Hezbollah -- are you -- very concerned, somewhat concerned, not too concerned, or not at all concerned -- that -- [RANDOM ORDER]?

It will lead to a broader war including Syria, Iran, or both countries

Very
concerned

Somewhat
concerned

Not too
concerned

Not at all
concerned

No
opinion

2006 Jul 21-23

42%

37

13

5

3

The United States' military will be drawn into the conflict

Very
concerned

Somewhat
concerned

Not too
concerned

Not at all
concerned

No
opinion

2006 Jul 21-23

49%

27

14

8

2

It will lead to a broader war throughout the Middle East, involving all or most of the Arab countries in that region

Very
concerned

Somewhat
concerned

Not too
concerned

Not at all
concerned

No
opinion

2006 Jul 21-23

41%

38

14

6

2

It will result in a nuclear attack somewhere in the Middle East

Very
concerned

Somewhat
concerned

Not too
concerned

Not at all
concerned

No
opinion

2006 Jul 21-23

33%

31

24

11

2

It will increase the likelihood of terrorism against the United States

Very
concerned

Somewhat
concerned

Not too
concerned

Not at all
concerned

No
opinion

2006 Jul 21-23

44%

31

17

6

2

It will develop into World War III

Very
concerned

Somewhat
concerned

Not too
concerned

Not at all
concerned

No
opinion

2006 Jul 21-23

34%

27

23

15

1

As you may know, the Palestinians recently held elections to elect a new government. Do you happen to know which political party won those elections -- [ROTATED: Hamas (or) Fatah] -- or are you unsure?

Hamas

Fatah

Unsure

No answer

2006 Feb 6-9

48%

2

49

1

What do you think U.S. policy toward the Palestinian Authority should be? Do you think the U.S. should -- [ROTATED: conduct diplomatic relations with the Hamas government regardless of whether or not it recognizes Israel as a country, conduct diplomatic relations with Hamas only if it recognizes Israel as a country, or not conduct diplomatic relations with the Hamas government at all]?

Regardless of
recognizing
Israel

Only if
recognizes
Israel


No relations
at all


No
opinion

2006 Feb 6-9 ^

22%

44

25

9

^ Asked of a half sample

What do you think U.S. policy toward the Palestinian Authority should be? Do you think the U.S. should -- [ROTATED: give financial aid to the Palestinian Authority regardless of whether or not the Hamas government recognizes Israel as a country, give financial aid to the Palestinian Authority only if Hamas recognizes Israel as a country, or not give any financial aid to the Palestinian Authority while the Hamas government is in power]?

Regardless of
recognizing Israel

Only if
recognizes
Israel


No aid
at all


No
opinion

2006 Feb 6-9 ^

5%

30

57

9

^ Asked of a half sample

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