2017 Survey: On Israel-Palestine, Canadian Gov’t is out of Touch

Overview

CJPME is delighted to release the results of a Canada-wide survey it has co-sponsored with Independent Jewish Voices Canada, Dimitri Lascaris, and Murray Dobbin.  Conducted by a professional polling firm, the poll provides many dramatic and eye-opening insights.

The survey results were packaged into two releases. All reports, PRs and charts for each release can be found on this page:

The survey was conducted by EKOS Research Associates between January 25 and February 2, 2017, with a random sample of 1,000 Canadian adults aged 18 and over. The margin of error associated with the in-scope sample is plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.  The raw data from the EKOS poll can be found via the following two links.  The first file below contains the "residuals" (i.e. the results including the "no response" and "do not know" answers); the second file contains the stats with the "residuals" removed:

Note that all charts presented on this page are public domain - free of copyright restrictions.


R2Q2-EN-Charts_2017-Round_2-En-02.pngRelease 2, March 2, 2017: Most Canadians Say Sanctions and Boycott are Reasonable Measures to Defend Palestinian Rights

The key findings from Release 2 include:

  • Canadians believe overwhelmingly that sanctions are a reasonable way for Canada to censure countries violating international law and human rights,
  • Given the UN Security Council's recent condemnation of illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian territory, a strong majority of Canadians believe that government sanctions on Israel would be reasonable
  • In the context of Israel's ongoing violations of international law, a very strong majority of Canadians believe that the Palestinians' call for a boycott of Israel is reasonable, and
  • Far more Canadians oppose than support Parliament's February, 2016 decision to condemn individuals and groups who promote the Palestinian call for a boycott of Israel.

Press Statement on EKOS Survey on Canadian Attitudes on Israel-Palestine: 
EKOS poll: Canadians receptive to sanctions, boycotts against Israel

Release 2 report on EKOS and Associates survey on Canadian attitudes to Israel-Palestine:
A Survey on Canadians’ Views Toward Israel/Palestine: Most Canadians Say Sanctions and Boycott are Reasonable Measures to Defend Palestinian Rights, A report on a Canadian national opinion survey conducted January 25 to February 2, 2017  Issued by: Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, Independent Jewish Voices, Dimitri Lascaris, LL.B., Murray Dobbin

Release 2 of the survey presents the findings from the following four survey questions:

  • Canada currently imposes economic and political sanctions on 21 countries due to their serious violations of International law and/or human rights abuses. Do you believe that sanctions are a reasonable way for Canada to censure countries for violations of international law or human rights?
  • In December 2016, the United Nations Security Council voted 14-0 (with the United States abstaining) to declare that Israeli settlements on Palestinian territory were a "...flagrant violation under international law and a major obstacle to the achievement of [...] peace" between Israel and Palestine. Given this statement by the U.N. Security Council, do you believe that some sort of Canadian government sanctions on Israel would be reasonable?
  • In 2004, the International Court of Justice ruled unanimously that Israel's settlements on Palestinian territory violate international law. In response, one year later, over 170 Palestinian citizens' organizations called for a boycott to ensure Israel's respect for international law. Do you consider the Palestinians' call for such a boycott to be reasonable
  • In February 2016, Canada's Parliament adopted a motion (by a vote of 229-51) to condemn Canadian individuals and organizations who promote the Palestinian call for a boycott to pressure Israel to respect international law. Do you support or oppose Parliament condemning Canadian individuals and organizations who promote the Palestinian call for such a boycott?

Charts

(Release 2, Question 1) Canadians' view of whether sanctions are reasonable (bar chart only)
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(Release 2, Question 1) Canadians' view of whether sanctions are reasonable (by educational level attained)
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(Release 2, Question 1) Canadians' view of whether sanctions are reasonable (by political party preference)
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(Release 2, Question 1) Israeli Exceptionalism: Canadians' view sanctions generally vs. sanctions on Israel (comparative pie chart)
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(Release 2, Question 2) Canadians' view of whether sanctions on Israel are reasonable (bar chart only)
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(Release 2, Question 2) Canadians' view of whether sanctions on Israel are reasonable (by political party preference)
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(Release 2, Question 2) Canadians' view of whether sanctions on Israel are reasonable (by province)
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(Release 2, Question 3) Canadians' view of whether Palestinian call for boycott of Israel is reasonable (bar chart only)
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(Release 2, Question 3) Canadians' view of whether Palestinian call for boycott of Israel is reasonable (by province)
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(Release 2, Question 3) Canadians' view of whether Palestinian call for boycott of Israel is reasonable (by political party preference)
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(Release 2, Question 4) Canadians' perspective on Parliaments condemnation of BDS (bar chart only)
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(Release 2, Question 4) Canadians' perspective on Parliaments condemnation of BDS (by province)
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(Release 2, Question 4) Canadians' perspective on Parliaments condemnation of BDS (by political party preference)
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Charts_neg-pos_of_Israel.pngRelease 1, February 16, 2017: Disconnect: Canadians’ views of the Israeli government vs. Canadian government policy toward Israel and Palestine

The key findings from Release 1 include:

  • Far more Canadians have a negative view of the Israeli government than have a positive view,
  • Most Canadians consider the Canadian government to be biased towards Israel,
  • More Canadians view the media as biased toward Israel than towards Palestinians, and
  • Canadians overwhelmingly believe that criticizing Israeli government policies is not necessarily anti-Semitic.

CNW Press Statement on EKOS Survey on Canadian Attitudes on Israel-Palestine: 
Disconnect: Canadians' views contradict government policy towards Israel

Release 1 report on EKOS and Associates survey on Canadian attitudes to Israel-Palestine:
Disconnect: Canadians’ views of the Israeli government vs. Canadian government policy toward Israel and Palestine, A report on a Canadian national opinion survey conducted January 25 to February 2, 2017  Issued by: Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East, Independent Jewish Voices, Dimitri Lascaris, LL.B., Murray Dobbin

Release 1 of the survey presents the findings from the following four survey questions:

  • Generally speaking, do you have a positive or negative opinion of the government of Israel?
  • Do you believe that the Canadian government has generally been more pro-Israel or more pro-Palestinian?
  • Do you believe the media in Canada are generally pro-Israel or pro-Palestinian?
  • Some people argue that criticism of Israeli government policy is anti-Semitic. Others say that criticism of Israeli government policy is like criticism of any other country, and is not necessarily anti-Semitic. Which of these statements comes closest to your own point of view?

Charts

(Release 1, Question 1) Canadians' View of the Government of Israel (bar chart only)
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(Release 1, Question 1) Canadians' View of the Government of Israel (by political party preference) (pie and bar chart)

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(Release 1, Question 1) Canadians' View of the Government of Israel (by province) (pie and bar chart)

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(Release 1, Question 1) Canadians' View of the Government of Israel (by educational level attained) (pie and bar chart)

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(Q3) Canadians' View of Canadian Government Bias on Israel-Palestine (bar chart only)
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(Release 1, Question 2) Canadians' View of Canadian Government Bias on Israel-Palestine (by political party preference) (pie and bar chart)

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(Release 1, Question 2) Canadians' View of Canadian Government Bias on Israel-Palestine (by province) (pie and bar chart)

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(Release 1, Question 2) Canadians' View of Canadian Government Bias on Israel-Palestine (by educational level attained) (pie and bar chart)

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(Release 1, Question 1 & 2) Canadians' View of Israel against Perceived pro-Israel Bias of Canada's Government

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(Release 1, Question 3) Canadians' View of Media Bias on the Question of Israel-Palestine (bar chart only)
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(Release 1, Question 3) Canadians' View of Media Bias on the Question of Israel-Palestine (by political party preference) (pie and bar chart)

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(Release 1, Question 3) Canadians' View of Media Bias on the Question of Israel-Palestine (by province) (pie and bar chart)

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(Release 1, Question 4) Canadians' View of whether Criticism of Israel is anti-Semitic (bar chart only)
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(Release 1, Question 4) Canadians' View of whether Criticism of Israel is anti-Semitic (by political party preference) (pie and bar chart)

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  • commented 2017-03-04 15:24:31 -0500
    Thank you CJPME, IJVC, Dimitri Lascaris, and Murray Dobbin for this poll.

    We should all maintain pressure on OUR government, OUR public broadcaster (CBC), and Canadian media to fairly represent the views of the Canadian public on Israel’s abuse of Palestinians.

    I dream of the day when Canada leads the western world in standing up for international law, and the human rights of Palestinians.