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Friday, June 5, 2009
Roundup of Israeli polls published the week Obama spoke in Cairo show Israelis see Obama as pro-Palestinian and reject freeze on "natural growth"

Roundup of Israeli polls published the week Obama spoke in Cairo show
Israelis see Obama as pro-Palestinian and reject freeze on "natural growth"
Dr. Aaron Lerner Date 5 June 2009

The following is a roundup of polls this week:

Poll #1 Poll of representative sample of Jewish Israeli adults carried out
by Geocartography Knowledge Group - Dr. Rina Degani - this week for
Israel's
Public Television Program "Osim Seder" - "Making Order". Results broadcast
on 3 June 2009.

Poll #2 Telephone poll of a representative sample of adult Israelis
(including Arab Israelis) carried out by Shvakim Panorama for Israel Radio's
Hakol Diburim (It's All Talk) the week of 4 June 2009 and broadcast on 4
June.

Poll #3 Telephone poll of a representative sample of adult Israelis
conducted by the B. I. Cohen Institute of Tel Aviv University the end of May
2009 for The Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research and the Evens Program
in Mediation and Conflict Resolution "War and Peace Index"

Poll #4 Telephone poll of a representative sample of 501 adult Israelis
(including Arab Israelis) carried out by Dahaf (Dr. Mina Tzemach) for Yediot
Ahronot "last weekend" and published in Yediot Ahronot on 5 June 2009.

# before each question identifies the poll.

#1 Should the Government evacuate unauthorized outposts?
Yes 40% No 51% No opinion 9%

#2 Do you support or oppose the evacuation of unauthorized outposts?
For 40.1% Against 40.4% Don't know 19.5%

#4 Should the illegal outposts be evacuated
Yes 70% No 25%

#3 Should Israel agree to evacuate illegal outposts and isolated settlements
located in the heart of the Palestinian population if a peace agreement
between Israel and the Palestinians depended on it?
Yes 53% No 29%

#1 Should the Government meet the American request to freeze settlements?
Yes 40% No 51% No opinion 9%

#2 Do you support or oppose the American demand for a halt to construction
in
Judea and Samaria?
Support 29.5% Oppose 55.6% Don't know 17.9%

#4 Should there be a freeze on settlement construction?
Yes 52% No 43%

#4 Should construction for natural growth be permitted in the settlements?
[IMRA: Oops! They just told the pollster they support a settlement
freeze...]
Yes 54% No 42%

#3 Should Israel should agree to evacuate all settlements if a peace
agreement between Israel and the Palestinians depended on it?
Yes 41% No 53%

#2 Does President Obama give preference to the interests of the Arab states
over Israel's interests?
Yes 47.1% No 28.9% Don't know 24.0%

#3 What side does Barack Obama support?
Palestinian 55% Israeli 5% Neutral 31%

#4 What is Obama more concerned for: Israelis security needs or the
Palestinian desire to establish a state?
Palestinian desires 51% Israel's needs 22%

#1 How do you perceive the Obama Middle East initiative?
Favorable 30% Negative 30% Ambivalent 23% No opinion 17%

#4 Are Obama's policies good for Israel?
Good 26% Bad 53%

#4 Are you disappointed with the policies of Obama towards Israel?
Yes 51% No 41%

#4 Should Netanyahu accept Obama's demands or reject them even at the cost
of sanctions [IMRA: to Yediot Ahronot and Dr. Mina Tzemach's credit, they
have once again come up with wording to get the desired results so that they
can lobby for the policies they support via the poll. The question mentions
the threat of sanctions but fails to actually cite the American demands.
One wonders what the pollsters read over the phone about American sanctions
before they popped this question. The wording of the question including the
mention of sanctions only appears in the Friday supplement while the front
section carries the result with the headline "56% of Israelis: Obama's
demands should be met".]
Yes 56% No 40%

#1 Will American pressure lead to the fall of the Netanyahu Government?
Yes 22% No 64% No opinion 13% [adds up to 99%]

#3 Was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's trip to Washington successful?
Yes 19% No 65%

#3 How would you term the stance Netanyahu presented to the US?
Too rigid 13% Just right 56% Too lenient 9%

#3 (Jews only) Is there a chance for an agreement with the Palestinians that
doesn't include the two states for two people's formula?
Yes 18% No 67%

#3 (Jews only) Do settlements serve or weaken Israel's interests?
Weaken 48% Serve 43%

#4 Should Israel agree to the establishment of a Palestinian state within
the framework of a peace agreement?
Yes 55% no 41%

#4 What grade do you give to Netanyahu for his performance as prime minister
since his election?
Good 47% Bad 45%

#4 Are your satisfied with Netanyahu's performance in the crises with the
US?
Yes 34% no 47%

#4 Will Netanyahu agree in the end to the establishment of a Palestinian
state?
Yes 44% No 50%

#4 Who is responsible for the crises with the US?
Netanyahu 16% Obama 28% Both 50%

#4 If there is an agreement to a settlement freeze should Yisrael Beteinu
remain in the government?
Total: Yes 41% No 36%
Yisrael Beiteinu voters: Yes 60% No 23%

#4 If there is an agreement on a settlement freeze should Kadima join the
government?
Total: Yes 41% No 43%
Kadima voters: Yes 52% No 41%

#4 If it is decided to evacuate settlements would you join in action
opposing it?
No 85% Yes 12%

Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
(mail POB 982 Kfar Sava)
Tel 972-9-7604719/Fax 972-3-7255730
INTERNET ADDRESS: imra@netvision.net.il
Website: http://www.imra.org.il

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