To follow up our 2009 poll of Australian opinions on the Palestine-Israel conflict, in November 2011 the Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine (CJPP, Sydney) joined with the Australian Friends of Palestine Association (AFOPA, Adelaide), Australians for Palestine (AFP, Melbourne) and the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN) to commission a new Roy Morgan poll to research changes to those opinions expressed in 2009, plus attitudes to current events. The surprising results show that “three in five Australians believe the United Nations should now recognise Palestine as one of its member States.”
MEDIA RELEASE, 15 November 2011
GILLARD WRONG ON PALESTINE SUPPORT
“PM Gillard’s opposition to Palestinian membership in the UN is not supported by the Australian public, according to a recent poll,” says academic Dr Peter Slezak. The Morgan poll, released 8 November 2011, shows only 14 per cent of those polled agree with PM Gillard’s opposition to the Palestinian bid.
“62 per cent of Australians polled said that the UN should recognise Palestine as a member State, and this shows the Government is out of step with Australian public opinion. Our Government should reflect the opinions of Australian voters and not toe the United States’ line,” says Slezak.
“The majority of Australians polled support a ‘yes’ vote in the UN, and only 14 per cent support the negative stance of the PM and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott.
Australia was one of only 14 countries to vote against Palestine’s successful bid to join UNESCO on 1 November 2011. The bid was overwhelmingly supported by 107 countries.
MEDIA RELEASE, 8 November 2011
CJPP, AFOPA, AFP, APAN
AUSTRALIAN VOTERS SUPPORT PALESTINE
Three in five Australians believe the United Nations should now recognise Palestine as one of its member States according to a poll conducted by Roy Morgan Research Pty Ltd.
The results are part of an independent national poll done by the respected Roy Morgan Research company.
“This is an outstanding result as it reflects the Australian people’s overwhelming support for the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinians to be freed from 40 plus years of brutal military occupation” said Ms Samah Sabawi, Public Advocate, Australians for Palestine.
The poll also found that 63 percent of Australians do not support Israeli settlers building homes on occupied Palestinian land.
“Settlement building is without doubt the single biggest obstacle to peace. Israel continues to build and expand these settlements in direct violation of International Law” said Ms Sabawi.
With a vote on Palestine due at the United Nations before the end of November, the support for an Australian ‘Yes’ vote was more than three times that of a ‘No’ vote.
The Morgan poll asked respondents: “In order for Palestine to be recognized as a full member state of the United Nations, existing member Nations must enter a vote of ‘yes’, ‘no’ or abstain from voting. In your opinion, how should Australia vote?”
A majority – 51 percent – agreed Australia should vote “yes”, whilst only 15 percent said “no”. Twenty percent believed that Australia should abstain from voting.
“The strong support for a ‘Yes’ vote demonstrates that Australian voters support the bid by Palestine. This should encourage the Labor Government, led by Prime Minister Gillard, to position itself in-line with public opinion and on the right side of history” concluded Ms Sabawi.
As a collective of broad-based advocacy groups in Australia, we ask that the Government heed the call of the public and condemn the illegal settlements being constructed by Israel and support the rights of the Palestinians.