Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

U.S. Public Opinion Poll Supports Palestinian State and Right to Return

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

U.S. Public Opinion Poll Supports Palestinian State and Right to Return

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U.S. PUBLIC OPINION POLL SUPPORTS PALESTINIAN STATE AND RIGHT TO RETURN

The Arab American Institute (AAI), a nonprofit national organization committed to the civic and political empowerment of Americans of Arab descent, commissioned a recent poll conducted by Zogby International (ZI) of New York which focused on principles and asked simple, straightforward questions on Palestinian issues and the Middle East peace process.

The results of the July 14-17 AAI/ZI poll of 890 likely voters nationwide were as follows:

1) On the issue of an independent Palestinian state, 66 percent supported the Palestinian right to independent statehood, with only 13 percent opposed.

2) On the issue of Jerusalem, 22 percent said it should be entirely Israeli, 43.5 percent said it should be a divided or shared capital between Israelis and Palestinians, and 14 percent said neither.

3) On the issue of Palestinian refugees' right to return to their homes, 74 percent supported their right, with 9 percent disagreeing. …

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