December 26, 2003

MA'ARIV POLL: 51%:37% Oppose Unilaterally Removing Settlements

By Aaron Lerner

The following are the results of a poll of a representative sample of 602 adult Israelis (including Israeli Arabs) carried out by New Wave for Maariv the week of 26 December 2003, before the suicide bombing in Petach Tikvah.Survey error +/- percentage points.

If an agreement is not reached between Israel and the Palestinians, would you support or oppose unilaterally evacuating settlements in the territories?
Oppose 51% Support 37% Don't know/refuse reply 12%

[Please note: the wording of the question does not identify this as being Prime Minster Sharon's plan. A poll earlier this week worded "Do you support the Prime Minister Sharon's unilateral separation plan as presented at the Herzliya Conference?" found:
Yes 59% No 22% No reply/don't know 19%]

Should the army punish the Sayeret Matkal soldiers who refuse to serve in the territories?
Yes 44% No 43% Don't know/refuse reply 13%

Are you satisfied with the performance of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in general?
Yes 38% No 51% Don't know/refuse reply 11%

Compared to last year, do you feel more or less safe going around public places?
More 15% Less 24% Same 59% Don't know/refuse reply 2%

Compared to last year, did your standard of living rise or fall in 2003?
Rise 7% Fall 48% No change 43% Don't know/refuse reply 2%

Asked to Jews: Did you light Chanukah candles this year?
Yes 90% No 10%

Will you celebrate New Years in any way?
Yes 25% No 67% Don't know/refuse reply 8%

How frequently do you go out to restaurants, cafes, cinema, etc.?
Several times a week 9% Once a week 21%
Once a month 26% Less than once a month 13%
Almost never 29% Don't recall/refuse reply 2%

Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
(mail POB 982 Kfar Sava)
Tel 972-9-7604719/Fax 972-3-7255730
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