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Results of Palestinian Public Opinion Poll

Background

The Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University recently carried out its 46th Palestinian Public Opinion Poll. The survey was conducted against the backdrop of turbulent political and economic realities which affect the Palestinian population on an ongoing basis.  The Palestinian Authority continues to face a serious financial crisis as Israel has delayed in transferring tax returns and Arab donor states have not followed through with promised financial contributions. As a result of this lack of funds, the PA has faltered in paying salaries over the last several months and citizen unrest has grown; trade unions and workers have organized frequent strikes, influencing everyday life in the West Bank. While internal economic woes have been contributing to citizen discontent, long-standing political issues have also recently increased tensions. For instance, Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails have organized hunger strikes during recent months, drawing Palestinian citizens into the streets for solidarity demonstrations. On numerous occasions, clashes have broken out between the IDF and Palestinian demonstrators.      

 

While political and economic turmoil are not new in the Palestinian context, in looking at the dire economic situation, the continued aggression of settlers against Palestinian citizens, and the growing expansion of illegal settlements, some observers, in recent days, have begun to speak of a third intifada. On the other hand, others believe that the upcoming visit of Barack Obama to the region could provide a needed push to the peace process between Palestinians and Israelis. The lack of progress in the peace process is not the only stalled political issue; the political division between the West Bank, controlled by Fatah, and Gaza, ruled by Hamas, persists with each side adhering to their stand, making political reconciliation appear unlikely.

 

The Results

 

The Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University conducted

Palestinian Public Opinion Poll No. 46 from 1-3 March 2013. The poll examines Palestinian public opinion in reference to several topics including the national reconciliation attempts, the economic situation, the upcoming visit of President Obama to the Middle East and its possible results, and the possibility of conducting Palestinian presidential, legislative and municipal elections.

 

 

The sample included 1366 persons. Respondents were age 18 and above and registered voters. Survey questions were distributed to 866 persons from the West Bank and 500 persons from the Gaza Strip. The sample was drawn randomly and the margin of error is about ±3%;  1.3% of those receiving the questionnaire declined to respond.

 

The results of the poll follow below. The University sponsors all polls conducted by its Center.

 

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The opinions represented in the results reflect those of the study; they do not, by any means, represent the opinion of An-Najah National University.

The General Results:

  • 55.7% of respondents said that they are optimistic about the possibility of implementing a Palestinian reconciliation agreement in the near future; 40.9% said they are pessimistic.
  • 16.3% of respondents believed that Fatah is not genuinely concerned with signing a reconciliation agreement; 32.1% said that Hamas is not concerned with signing an agreement.
  • 16.5% of respondents believed that Fatah is the side which would benefit most from signing a reconciliation agreement; 31.3% believed that Hamas would benefit most from a reconciliation agreement.
  • 13% of respondents believed that the delay in signing a Palestinian reconciliation agreement is due to pressures exerted by some Arab sides; 31% believed that it is due to regional pressures, and 47.5% believed that it is because of the factional interests of Fatah and Hamas.
  • 51.7% of respondents believed that individuals prioritizing personal interests has led to the failure of a national reconciliation agreement; 42.1% believed that the inability to reach a national reconciliation agreement was caused by individuals privileging the interest of their party or movement. 
  • 55.9% of respondents said that if the national reconciliation is achieved it will influence them positively; 5.9% said it will influence them negatively
  • 67.1% of respondents said that the most powerful tool for ending the Palestinian political division comes from pressure exerted by the Palestinian public, 12.2% said that it comes from Arab political pressure, and 16.3% said that it comes from foreign political pressure.
  • 70.3% of respondents believed that the current Arab world and international circumstances necessitate a national reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas.
  • 25.5% of respondents said that implementing the Palestinian reconciliation agreement will strengthen and speed up the peace process while 48.5% said that it will hinder and delay it.
  • 12.7% of respondents believed that the United States is serious in its endeavors to achieve peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis.
  • 18.7% of respondents expected that Obama’s visit to the region in March will help in pushing the peace process forward
  • 23.6% of respondents believed that the United States will exert pressure on both the Israeli and Palestinian sides to achieve peace during Obama's second term.
  • 88.8% of respondents said that US policy on the Palestinian question is biased towards Israel; 6.2% said that the US policy is neutral.
  • 14.1% of respondents expected that after the last Knesset elections in Israel and the winning of Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu coalition, the prospects of peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis will advance; 78.3% expected the opposite. 
  • 22.8% of respondents supported the return to peace negotiations at the present time without any preconditions; 73.1% rejected.

 

  • 63.9% of respondents supported the return to peace negotiations at the present time if settlement building is stopped; 32.7% rejected.
  • 46.2% of respondents supported the two-state solution provided that there will be a Palestinian state living side by side with Israel; 49.9% rejected.
  • 29.7% of respondents said that they are optimistic towards the success of the peace process between the PA and Israel; 66.1% said that they are pessimistic
  • 29.7% of respondents supported dissolving the PA; 65.4% rejected the PA’s dissolution.
  • 56% of respondents expected the fall of the PA if its financial situation continues to deteriorate.
  • According to respondents, it is possible to reduce the PA’s deficit by:

-          37.5% Giving early retirement to some employees

-          10% Increasing taxes and imposing new taxes

-          56.5% Going back to peace negotiations so that the PA can get aid from foreign countries

-          88.7% Asking the Arab countries to pay their dues to the PA

  • According to respondents, the minimum wage in Palestine must be 2412 NIS. Responses ranged between 1000 NIS and 3000 NIS
  • According to respondents, the financial crisis that the PA suffers from is due to

-          77.3% Israel’s delay in transferring tax returns to the PA

-          75.3% Arab countries’ failure to fulfill their financial commitments to the PA

-          69.1% Foreign countries’ failure to fulfill their financial commitments to the PA

-          78.8% PA’s poor management of public funds

-          64.6%  Huge numbers of PA employees

-          58.8% Tax avoidance by some institutions, companies and individuals

  • 60.7% of respondents expected a third intifada (uprising) to break out
  • 33.8% of respondents supported the rise of an armed uprising in the West Bank; 62% rejected this option.
  • 59.4% of respondents supported the rise of a nonviolent, unarmed popular uprising; 36.4% rejected this option.
  • From the respondents’ point of view, the following are possible causes of a third intifada:

-          67.3% The PA’s financial crisis

-          84.9% The issue of political prisoners

-          59.7% Failure to achieve national reconciliation

-          53.2 The desire of some factions and parties to have a third intifada

-          40.3% The revolutions of the Arab Spring

-          77.5 The recurring aggressions of settlers against Palestinian people

-          82.4% Aggressions against holy sites

  • 62.4% of respondents supported the Egyptian move to close all tunnels between Egypt and Gaza
  • 76.5% of respondents supported opening a free zone between Egypt and the Gaza Strip
  • 75.9% of respondents said that they are aware of the fact that the Central Elections Commission has updated the electoral records in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip
  • 80.7% of respondents assessed the work of the Central Elections Commission as “Good ”
  • 81.3% of respondents supported conducting the coming presidential elections after ending the division; 12% supported conducting them despite division.
  • 80.5% of respondents supported conducting the coming legislative elections after ending the division; 12.7% supported conducting them despite division.
  • 57% of respondents expected that if elections are conducted in the present time in the Palestinian Territories, they will be fair.
  • 80.6% of respondents said that they will participate in the coming presidential elections. From among those who said they will participate, 35.6% said that they will vote for Fatah’s candidate; 12.1% said they will vote for Hamas' candidate.
  • 80.5% of respondents said that they will participate in the coming legislative elections. From among those who said they will participate, 36.3% said that they will vote for Fatah's candidates; 12.6% said they will vote for Hamas' candidates.
  • If PLC elections are to be conducted, 41.4% of respondents expected Fatah to win; 17.7% expected Hamas to win.
  • If PLC elections are conducted, 30.4% of respondents prefer conducting elections on the basis of electoral lists; 29.1% prefer conducting them on the basis of persons.
  • 30.4% of respondents said that the current political, security and economic circumstances compel them to be interested in emigrating.
  • 44.5% of respondents expressed fear for their lives under the present circumstances.
  • 64.1% of respondents said that they are pessimistic about the general Palestinian situation at this stage.
  • 77.7% of respondents said that they neither feel safe for themselves nor for their families and properties under the current circumstances.
  • 81.9% of respondents said that they will participate in the coming municipality and local council elections. From among those who said they will participate, 30.5% said that they will give their votes to Fatah’s candidates, 11.2% said they will give their votes to Hamas' candidates and 11.9% said they will give their votes to representatives from their family or clan.
  • 28.1% of respondents preferred conducting local council and municipal elections on the basis of electoral lists; 36.4% preferred conducting them on the basis of persons.

 

  • As for political affiliation, respondents gave the following results:

 

People’s Party

0.7%

Democratic Front

1.0%

Islamic Jihad

2.6%

Fatah

35.0%

Hamas

11.6%

Fida

0.1%

Popular Front

2.6%

Palestinian National Initiative

0.7%

I am an independent nationalist

5.5%

I am an independent Islamist

3.5%

None of the above

36.1%

Others

0.5%

 

 Survey Questions

 

Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the possibility of implementing a reconciliation agreement between Fatah and Hamas in the near future?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Optimistic

55.7

60.4

47.5

Pessimistic

40.9

37.4

47.1

No opinion/I do not know

3.4

2.2

5.5

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

There are those who say that Fatah is not concerned with signing a reconciliation agreement, and there are those who say Hamas is the side which is not concerned. In your opinion which side is not concerned?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Fatah

16.3

15.7

17.2

Hamas

32.1

21.7

50.7

Others

33.8

44.4

15.2

No opinion/I do not know

17.9

13.4

17.0

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

  Which side benefits the most by not signing a reconciliation agreement?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Fatah

16.5

17.8

14.1

Hamas

31.3

17.5

55.8

Others

39.1

50.6

18.8

No opinion/I do not know

13.1

14.1

11.3

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

  What do you think the reason behind the delay in signing a reconciliation agreement is?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Some Arab pressure on some sides

13.0

14.2

10.9

Some foreign pressure on some sides

31.0

30.1

32.5

Some party interests of Fateh and Hamas

47.5

47.8

47.1

No opinion/I do not know

8.5

7.9

9.5

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

Rate how the following have contributed to the failure to achieve a national reconciliation  -----------

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Personal interests

51.7

54.1

47.5

Interest of party or faction

42.1

40.4

45.1

No opinion/I do not know

6.2

5.5

7.5

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

If the national reconciliation is approved, how do you think it will generally affect you personally?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Positively

55.9

55.6

56.6

Negatively

5.9

4.8

7.7

It will not affect me

34.8

39.0

27.5

No opinion/I do not know

3.4

0.6

8.3

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

In your view, what is the most effective way to end the Palestinian division?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Foreign political pressure

16.3

15.8

17.0

Arab political pressure

12.2

9.8

6.6

Pressure from the Palestinian public

67.1

71.2

60.0

No opinion/I do not know

4.4

3.2

6.5

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

Do you think that circumstances in the Arab world and the international community necessitate a national reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Yes

70.3

72.8

65.9

No

24.1

24.2

23.8

No opinion/I do not know

5.6

3.0

10.3

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

 Do you think that the implementation of the reconciliation agreement will hinder or support the peace process?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

It will hinder peace process

25.5

29.7

18.0

It will support the peace process

48.5

49.0

47.7

It will not have any effect

23.1

19.9

28.9

No opinion/I do not know

2.9

1.4

5.5

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

 Do you think that the United States is serious in its endeavors to establish peace between the Palestinians and the Israelis?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Yes

12.7

12.3

13.3

No

82.8

85.3

78.4

No opinion/I do not know

4.5

2.4

8.3

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

President Obama is expected to visit the region in March; do you expect that the visit will help to push the peace process forward?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Yes

18.7

20.1

16.4

No

74.2

75.8

71.3

No opinion/I do not know

7.1

4.1

12.3

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

Do you think that the United States will exert pressure on both the Israeli and Palestinian sides to bring the peace process to a successful end during Obama’s second term?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Yes

23.6

22.3

26.1

No

67.5

72.8

58.2

No opinion/I do not know

8.9

4.9

15.8

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

 How do you see US policy towards the Palestinian question?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Biased towards Israel

88.8

90.4

86.1

Biased towards the Palestinians

2.7

2.0

4.0

Impartial

6.2

6.7

5.5

No opinion/I do not know

2.3

1.0

4.4

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

After the last Knesset elections in Israel and the winning of the Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu coalition, do you expect an advance to be made in the peace process between the Palestinians and the Israelis?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Yes

14.1

14.8

12.7

No

78.3

80.0

75.4

No opinion/I do not know

7.6

5.2

11.9

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

At the present time, do you support or reject the return to negotiations without preconditions?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Yes

22.8

26.3

16.6

No

73.1

71.1

76.6

No opinion/I do not know

4.2

2.6

6.9

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

At the present time, do you support or reject a return to negotiations if settlement building is stopped?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Yes

63.9

68.3

56.2

No

32.7

29.6

38.0

No opinion/I do not know

3.4

2.1

5.9

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

 If a Palestinian state is created to exist side by side with Israel, do you support or reject the two state solution?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

I support

46.2

51.2

37.4

I reject

49.9

46.5

56.0

No opinion/I do not know

3.9

2.3

6.7

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the success of the peace process between the Palestinian Authority and Israel?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Optimistic

29.7

33.2

23.6

Pessimistic

66.1

64.6

68.7

No opinion/I do not know

4.2

2.2

7.7

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

Do you support or reject dissolving the PA?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

I support

29.7

29.5

30.1

I reject

65.4

66.5

63.6

No opinion/I do not know

4.8

4.0

6.3

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

Do you think that the PA will collapse if its financial situation gets bad enough?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Yes

56.0

57.1

54.1

No

38.4

39.3

36.8

No opinion/I do not know

5.6

3.7

9.1

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

 It is known that the PA is facing a huge financial deficit because some Arab donor states have not followed through on financial support pledged at the Arab summit conference and because other donor countries have withheld aid. In your opinion how can the financial deficit be reduced?

Total

 

Yes

No

No opinion

/I do not know

Total

Turning some employees to early retirement

37.5

60.0

2.5

100.0

Increasing taxes and imposing new ones

10.0

88.2

1.8

100.0

Going back to peace talks so that foreign  aid can be resumed

56.6

39.2

4.3

100.0

Asking Arab countries to pay the financial dues that they committed themselves to

88.7

8.9

2.3

100.0

West Bank

 

Yes

No

No opinion

/I do not know

Total

Turning some employees to early retirement

37.4

61.1

1.5

100.0

Increasing taxes and imposing new ones

6.8

92.8

0.5

100.0

Going back to peace talks so that foreign  aid can be resumed

63.7

33.8

2.5

100.0

Asking Arab countries to pay the financial dues that they committed themselves to

88.9

9.1

2.1

100.0

Gaza Strip

 

Yes

No

No opinion

/I do not know

Total

Turning some employees to early retirement

37.6

58.2

4.2

100.0

Increasing taxes and imposing new ones

15.8

80.2

4.0

100.0

Going back to peace talks so that foreign  aid can be resumed

43.8

48.7

7.5

100.0

Asking Arab countries to pay the financial dues that they committed themselves to pay

88.5

8.7

2.8

100.0

 

There is an on-going discussion about defining a minimum wage in Palestine. In your opinion what should the minimum wage be?

 

Mean

West Bank

2549.1

Gaza Strip

2170.7

Total

2412.0

 

In your opinion, what are the causes of the PA’s financial crisis?

(On a 0-10 scale, please give the top a 10 and the lowest a 0)

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Israel’s delay in transferring tax returns to the PA

7.7299

7.4351

8.2485

Arab countries’ failure to fulfill their financial commitments to the PA

7.5322

7.1653

8.1778

Foreign countries’ failure to fulfill their financial commitments to the PA

6.9048

6.3984

7.7960

PA’s poor management of public funds

7.8843

8.3364

7.0889

 Huge numbers of PA employees

6.4546

6.5557

6.2768

Tax avoidance by some institutions, companies and individuals

5.8821

5.4891

6.5737

 

Do you expect a third uprising (intifada) to break out in the West Bank?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Yes

60.7

60.5

61.0

No

33.5

35.0

30.9

No opinion/I do not know

5.8

4.5

8.1

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

Do you support or reject the rise of an armed intifada in the West Bank?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

I support

33.8

25.8

47.9

I reject

62.0

71.5

45.3

No opinion/I do not know

4.2

2.6

6.9

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 


 Do you support or reject the rise of popular, unarmed and nonviolent resistance?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

I support

59.4

62.1

54.5

I reject

36.4

35.5

38.0

No opinion/I do not know

4.2

2.4

7.5

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

In your opinion, what are the possible causes of a third intifada?

(On a 0-10 scale, please give the top a 10 and the lowest a 0)

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

The PA’s financial crisis

6.7284

6.6670

6.8364

The issue of  prisoners

8.4934

8.2836

8.8626

Failure to achieve national reconciliation

5.9729

5.7451

6.3737

The desire of some factions and parties to have a third intifada

5.3199

5.2629

8.4202

The revolutions of the Arab Spring

4.0293

3.5660

4.8444

The recurring aggressions of settlers against Palestinian people

7.7247

7.5649

8.0061

Aggressions against holy places

8.2372

8.0276

8.6061

 

Egypt has announced that it will close all tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. Do you support or reject this Egyptian move?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

I support

62.4

69.5

50.1

I reject

35.2

28.6

46.9

No opinion/I do not know

2.3

2.0

3.0

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

Do you support or reject opening a free zone between Egypt and the Gaza Strip and closing all tunnels between them?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

I support

76.5

77.7

74.3

I reject

19.5

17.5

23.2

No opinion/I do not know

4.0

2.8

2.4

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

Did you know that the Palestinian Central Elections Commission has updated the electoral record in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Yes

75.9

66.7

92.1

No

20.7

30.7

3.2

No opinion/I do not know

3.4

2.6

4.6

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

How do you assess the work of the Palestinian Central Elections Commission?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Good

52.9

48.1

61.2

Fair

27.8

28.4

26.9

Bad

6.5

7.3

5.1

No opinion/I do not know

12.8

16.2

6.9

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

Do you support conducting the coming presidential elections despite the division or after ending the division?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

After ending the division

81.3

83.9

76.6

Despite the division

12.0

11.0

13.7

No opinion/I do not know

6.7

5.1

9.7

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

Do you support conducting the coming legislative elections despite the division or after ending the division?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

After ending division

80.5

82.8

76.4

Despite division

12.7

12.2

13.5

No opinion/I do not know

6.9

5.1

10.1

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

If elections were conducted in the Palestinian Territories at the present time, do you think that they would be fair?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Yes

57.0

58.7

54.1

No

33.5

33.0

34.5

No opinion/I do not know

9.4

8.4

11.3

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

If presidential elections were held at the present time, for whom would you vote from amongst the following?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

An independent candidate

8.2

9.0

6.9

A candidate from the left

2.3

2.1

2.6

A candidate from Hamas

9.7

7.3

13.9

A candidate from Fatah

28.7

23.9

37.2

A national independent candidate

4.5

4.9

3.6

An Islamic independent candidate

4.5

3.4

6.3

I will not participate in the elections

19.4

23.9

11.5

I have not decided yet

22.8

25.5

18.0

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

If new PLC elections were conducted, for whom will you cast your vote?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

An independent ticket

6.7

7.5

5.3

A ticket from the left

2.6

2.4

3.0

A ticket from Hamas

10.1

7.6

14.5

A ticket from Fatah

29.2

24.7

37.2

A national independent ticket

4.6

5.2

3.6

An Islamic independent ticket

4.4

3.2

6.5

I will not participate in the elections

19.5

23.9

11.9

I have not decided yet

22.8

25.6

18.0

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

If new legislative elections were to be held today, which of the following do you think would win?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

An independent Islamists bloc

5.3

5.3

5.5

An independent Nationalist bloc

6.8

7.3

5.9

A Fatah bloc

41.4

38.9

45.7

A Hamas bloc

17.7

18.6

16.2

A bloc from leftist organizations

1.3

1.1

1.6

No opinion/I do not know

27.5

28.7

25.3

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

If PLC elections were to be conducted, would you prefer conducting them on the basis of electoral lists or on the basis of persons?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Electoral lists

30.4

29.3

32.3

Persons

29.1

34.2

20.0

Mixed

29.0

29.4

28.3

No opinion/I do not know

11.6

7.1

19.4

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

If municipality and local council elections were held today, who do you vote for?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

A block that represents the family or clan

9.7

13.5

3.4

An independent ticket

5.7

5.4

6.2

A ticket from the left

2.3

1.7

3.4

A ticket from Hamas

9.2

6.6

13.5

A ticket from Fatah

24.9

19.4

34.2

A national independent ticket

4.8

4.6

5.2

An Islamic independent ticket

3.7

3.0

4.3

I will not participate in the elections

18.1

22.5

10.8

I have not decided yet

21.7

23.4

18.9

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

Do you prefer conducting local council elections on the basis of electoral lists or on the basis of individual candidates?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Electoral lists

28.1

26.1

31.7

Individual candidates

36.4

40.1

29.9

Mixed

26.0

28.0

22.4

No opinion/I do not know

9.5

5.9

16.0

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

Do the current political, security, and economic circumstances make you interested in emigrating?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Yes

30.4

23.8

42.0

No

67.4

75.0

54.1

No opinion/I do not know

2.2

1.3

3.8

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

 Are you worried about your life under the present circumstances?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Yes

44.5

41.7

49.5

No

54.3

57.9

48.1

No opinion/I do not know

1.2

0.5

2.4

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

Are you pessimistic or optimistic about the general Palestinian situation at this stage?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Optimistic

32.9

30.2

37.8

Pessimistic

64.1

68.9

55.6

No opinion/I do not know

3.0

0.9

6.7

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

Under the present circumstances, do you feel that you, your family and your properties are safe?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Yes

22.0

21.9

22.0

May be

43.4

38.9

51.3

No

34.3

39.2

25.7

No opinion/I do not know

0.4

0.0

1.0

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

Which of the following political affiliations do you support?

PARTY

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

People’s Party

0.7

0.3

1.4

Democratic Front

1.0

0.8

1.4

Islamic Jihad

2.6

0.8

5.7

Fatah

35.0

31.3

41.4

Hamas

11.6

10.0

14.3

Fida

0.1

0.0

0.4

Popular Front

2.6

2.6

2.6

Palestinian National Initiative

0.7

0.6

0.8

I am an independent nationalist

5.5

5.3

5.9

I am an independent Islamist

3.5

2.3

5.7

None of the above

36.1

45.6

19.4

Others

0.5

0.2

1.0

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 


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