Roy Morgan Opinion Poll on Palestine

APAN, in co-operation with others, commissioned social research on Australian attitudes to Palestine and Israel. The poll was conducted by Roy Morgan Research and the initial results released on 5 November 2014. This research follows an earlier survey commissioned by advocacy groups in 2009 and 2011.

Read APAN’s press release regarding survey, or see below for key findings.

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Key Findings of the 2014 Opinion Poll:

Awareness of the issue is significant and increasing

  • 54% say they know a fair amount(41%) or a lot(13%) about the issue
  • This ‘aware’ population has grown steadily in the last five years – was only 38% in 2009
  • 43% say they don’t know much, with only 3% saying they know nothing.

Australian sympathy for Israel is decreasing

  • More people are sympathetic towards the Palestinians than towards the Israelis: (27% for the Palestinians 21% for the Israelis).
  • There is a decrease in sympathy with Israelis, which is 6% lower than 2011.
  • An increasing number of people say they have sympathies for neither (30% cf 25% in 2009; 21% in 2011)
  • Strongest sympathies for Palestine are in Tasmania, Sydney, regional NSW and the ACT.
  • Strongest sympathies for Israel are found in Tasmania, Brisbane, regional Victoria and Sydney.
  • Among those who have engaged with tertiary education are more likely to sympathise with Palestine than Israel
  • People sympathizing with Israel are most likely to be over 50 years old.

Australians support Palestine’s statehood bid

  • 57% think Australia should vote yes in the UN to recognising Palestine (increase of 6% since 2011).
  • Only 8% suggest we should vote against an independent Palestinian state (decrease of 7% since 2011).

Australians are more likely to think the Abbott Government favors Israel.

  • 30% say that they think the Abbott Government favors Israel, just 3% think they favour Palestine.
  • This figure has increased since 2009, where 20% indicated that the Government supports Israel.
  • More people perceive the Abbott Government favors Israel than the previous surveys which asked the same question of a Labor Government (cf 25% in 2011; 20% in 2009).

Many Australians feel Israeli military action in Gaza was not justified

  • 43% thought the military action was not justified
  • Only 25% thought the military action was justified (and 31% couldn’t say)

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