A new survey (11/19/12) by The Israeli Center for Political Training reported by Arutz 7 reported that 26% of Israelis prefer to see a cease-fire put into place as soon as possible. This is significantly higher than the (11/18/12) 16% felt that Israel should agree to a cease fire in a survey fielded by iPanel ShiluvMillwardBrown.
While different surveys will vary, if both surveys utilized sound methodology, this is a significant shift in the number of Israelis who are now for a ceasefire.
Both surveys agree that almost half of Israelis are still in favor of continuing the campaign, even if it leads to a ground operation. As I do not have access to the detailed polling data, it is difficult to say which segment of the population is shifting most to supporting a ceasefire in the Pillars of Defense operation, now in its seventh day.
After the ceasefire was agreed on a snap poll on Wednesday 11/21/12 in the evening by Israeli Channel 2 covered by the TimesofIsrael found attitudes remained pretty much the same:
A Channel 2 snap poll finds that 70 percent of the Israeli public does not support signing a ceasefire with Hamas, while 24% are in favor of it. Six percent say they don’t know.
Asked how long they believe the ceasefire will hold, 64% say they think it will last a short while, 24% say it won’t last at all, and 7% say it will last for a long time.
Asked if Operation Pillar of Defense reinstated Israel’s deterrence, 58% say it has been strengthened, 15% say it was weakened and 26% say it hasn’t changed.
Pini Herman, PhD. has served as Asst. Research Professor at the University of Southern California Dept. of Geography, Adjunct Lecturer at the USC School of Social Work, Research Director at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles following Bruce Phillips, PhD. in that position (and author of the “most recent” 15 year old study of the LA Jewish population which was the third most downloaded study from Berman Jewish Policy Archive in 2011) and is a past President of the Movable Minyan a lay-lead independent congregation in the 3rd Street area. Currently he is a principal of Phillips and Herman Demographic Research. To email Pini: firstname.lastname@example.org To follow Pini on Twitter: Follow @pinih