Palestinian Public Opinion Polls:
Attitudes on the Statehood Bid, Peace Prospects, Internal Politics & Society

(Updated April 2012)


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- UN Palestinian Statehood Bid - 2011
- Peace Process/Negotiations
- Internal Politics
- Prisoner-Gilad Shalit Exchange - 2011
- Palestinian Society

UN Palestinian Statehood Bid - 2011 top

What should be the FIRST, most vital Palestinian goal? (PSR, December 17, 2011)

to end Israeli occupation inthe areas occupied in 1967 and build a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip with East Jerusalem as its capital

48%

to obtain the right of return of refugees to their 1948 towns and villages
30%
to build a pious or moral individual and religious society, one that applies all Islamic teachings
14%
to establish a democratic political system that respects freedoms and rights of Palestinians
9%
* In September 2011, 59% viewed statehood within the 1967 borders as the most vital Palestinian goal.

Do you think that submitting a bid by the PLO and the PA to recognize the State of Palestine in the UN was a positive move that serves the Palestinian cause?
(Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)
Yes
77.7%
No
19.1%
No opinion/I do not know
3.2%

Do you think that the PLO and PA conducted a good diplomatic campaign when they submitted the bid of recognition at the UN? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Yes
73.0%
No
19.9%
No opinion/Don't know
7.1%

How, in your opinion, does the bid of recognition influence the Palestinian cause?(Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Positively
56.2%
No influence
21.4%
Negatively
17.6%
No opinion/Don't know
4.8%

Do you think that the Security Council will vote in favor of the creation of the Palestinian state?(Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Yes
45.4%
No
43.5%
No opinion/Don't know
11.1%

Do you think that the PLO and PA are capable of securing 9 votes in the Security Council to guarentee a recognition of the Palestinian State?(Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Yes
54.7%
No
32.5%
No opinion/Don't know
12.9%

Since the US has threatened to use the Veto at the Security Council against the recognition of the Palestinian State, do you think that the US will use the Veto?(Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Yes
67.1%
No
22.6%
No opinion/Don't know
10.4%

If the US uses the Vito at the Security Council against the recognition of the State of Palestine, do you think that the Vito will encourage Israel to proceed in its policy in the Palestinian Territories? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Yes
82.6%
No
11.3%
No opinion/Don't know
6.1%

Do you support or oppose the current Palestinian pursuit for state recognition at the UN? (Arab World for Research and Development, October 13, 2011)

Support
64.4%
Neutral
18.5%
Oppose
15.9%
Don't know
1.0%

Do you believe the Palestinian cause has been advanced by this initiative? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Advanced
36.6%
Set back
16.6%
Not changed
44.3%
Don't know
2.6%

Did you listen to the speech delivered by President Mahmoud Abbas at the UN on October 23, 2011? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Yes, in full
40.3%
Yes, in part
39.0%
No
20.7%

What was your assessment of the speech? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Excellent
39.9%
Good
31.0%
Average
14.7%
Weak
4.8%
Very weak
2.3%
Don't know
7.4%

How do you evaluate the position of Hamas on the UN initiative? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Positive
11.9%
Average
33.0%
Negative
44.7%
Don't know
7.4%

What should be the next political step by the Palestinian leadership with respect to statehood? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Continue to pursue recognition through the UN Security council
59.0%
Seek official observer status from the UN General Assembly
12.2%
Abandon the UN initiative and return to the negotiating table immediately
13.0%
Don't know
15.8%

Which of the following do you believe will result from the UN initiative? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Palestinian negotiating position will be strengthened
58.2%
Palestinian negotiating position will be weakened
4.4%
Nothing will change
32.6%
Don't know
4.8%

In the context of the Palestinian UN initiative, how do you view the following actors? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

 
Turkey
Egypt
Arab League
Jordan
More positive
68.2%
50.6%
42.3%
38.3%
Stayed the same
25.1%
32.3%
37.1%
39.6%
Less positive
4.4%
13.3%
16.4%
18.0%
Don't know
2.2%
3.8%
3.3%
4.1%

 
U.N. General Assembly
EU
U.N. Security Council
U.S.A.
Israel
More positive
26.1%
24.8%
19.9%
6.1%
2.3%
Stayed the same
36.9%
39.6%
37.8%
22.3%
15.9%
Less positive
33.1%
31.3%
36.7%
69.0%
79.7%
Don't know
3.9%
4.3%
5.7%
2.6%
2.1%

In the context of the Palestinian UN initiative, how do you view the following actors? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

 
Mahmoud Abbas
PLO
Palestinian National Authority
Fatah
More positive
66.4%
66.3%
63.4%
61.3%
Stayed the same
24.9%
25.8%
28.3%
28.3%
Less positive
7.7%
6.6%
9.1%
8.8%
Don't know
1.0%
1.3%
1.1%
1.6%

 
Salam Fayyad
Ismael Haniyeh
Hamas
More positive
48.9%
17.9%
14.8%
Stayed the same
36.6%
37.4%
37.7%
Less positive
10.6%
39.8%
42.8%
Don't know
3.9%
4.9%
4.8%

Do you believe the Palestinians are capable of surviving a decrease in international funding as a result of the UN initiative? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Yes
29.2%
Maybe
26.4%
No
41.8%
Don't know
2.7%

Are you willing to personally sacrifice (a decrease in your income or salary) in order to reduce Palestinian dependency on foreign aid? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Yes
35.4%
To a certain extent
27.7%
No
41.8%
Don't know
3.1%

Do you think that Israel is serious about its threats to cut off Palestinian tax money due to the Palestinian leadership's decision to resort to the UN? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Yes
71.4%
No
23.5%
Don't know
5.1%

Do you think that the US is serious about its threats to cut off Palestinian tax money due to the Palestinian leadership's decision to resort to the UN? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Yes
67.3%
No
26.9%
Don't know
5.8%

 

Peace Process/Negotiations top

There is a proposal that after the establishment of an independent Palestinian state and the settlement of all issues in dispute, including the refugees and Jerusalem issues, there will be a mutual recognition of Israel as the state of the Jewish people and Palestine as the state of the Palestinian people. Do you agree or disagree with this proposal? (PSR, January 11, 2012)

Certainly agree
4.5%
Agree
47.8%
Disagree
35.0%
Certainly disagree
11.8%
No opinion/Don't know
0.8%

Now that negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis have stopped, would you support or oppose the following option in the search for achieving Palestinian rights: return to armed intifada and confrontations? (PSR, January 11, 2012)

Certainly support
9.7%
Support
31.4%
Oppose
49.1%
Certainly oppose
8.5%
No opinion/Don't know
1.3%

Do you think that the USA will pursue every possible way that is within its reach to salvage the peace process? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Yes
24.6%
No
69.6%
No opinion/Don't know
5.8%

Do you think that the Palestinian State can only be established through negotiations? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Yes
29.8%
No
64.4%
No opinion/Don't know
5.8%

Do you think that there will be any use from negotiations without acceptable frames of reference and without the freezing of settlement activities? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Yes
14.7%
No
79.4%
No opinion/Don't know
5.9%

Do you think the USA is an impartial broker in the peace process between the PA and Israel? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Yes
13.4%
No
82.5%
No opinion/Don't know
4.1%

Do you think that the European Union is an impartial broker in the peace process between the PA and Israel? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Yes
34.2%
No
57.8%
No opinion/Don't know
8.0%

Do you think that the International Quartet is an impartial broker in the peace process between the PA and Israel? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Yes
27.5%
No
59.8%
No opinion/Don't know
12.7%

If a Palestinian State is recognized in the UN, how will this recognition influence negotiations on the issue of refugees? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Positively
42.5%
No influence
23.4%
Negatively
29.8%
No opinion/Don't know
4.4%

If a Palestinian State is recognized in the UN, how will this recognition influence negotiations on the issue of Jerusalem? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Positively
40.6%
No influence
20.7%
Negatively
32.5%
No opinion/Don't know
6.1%

If a Palestinian State is recognized in the UN, how will this recognition influence negotiations on the issue of borders? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Positively
40.3%
No influence
20.6%
Negatively
32.2%
No opinion/Don't know
6.9%

Do you support or reject holding talks between the PA and the Israeli government if Israel continues its settlement activities in the West Bank? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

I support
18.4%
I reject
77.7%
No opinion/Don't know
3.9%

Do you think that it is possible to reach a lasting solution for the Palestinian Israeli conflict in view of the current circumstances? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Yes
22.7%
No
72.2%
No opinion/Don't know
5.1%

Do you think that the USA and the European countries have a duplicity of standards when they support the demands of the popular revolutions in the Arab countries and do not support similar Palestinian demands? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Yes
68.6%
No
20.9%
No opinion/Don't know
10.4%

Do you expect an erruption of a third intifada in the Palestinian Territories? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Yes
57.2%
No
35.3%
No opinion/Don't know
7.4%

Do you support or reject the rise of an armed uprising (intifada)? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

  West Bank Gaza Strip Total
I support 28.0% 49.8%
36.0%
I reject 67.9% 39.8%
57.6%
No opinion/Don't know 4.1% 10.4%
6.4%

Do you support or reject the rise of nonviolence and unarmed popular resistance? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

I support
58.3%
I reject
35.9%
No opinion/Don't know
5.7%

Do you personally support or oppose a two-state solution (Israel and Palestine - in the West Bank including East Jerusalem)? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Support
61.2%
Oppose
35.3%
Don't know
4.8%

Do you personally support or oppose a two-state solution (Israel and Palestine - in the West Bank including East Jerusalem)? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Support
61.2%
Oppose
35.3%
Don't know
4.8%

Do you believe that the following parties are serious about peace negotiations leading to the establishment of an independent Palestine? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

  Palestinian National Authority EU UN member states USA Israel
Yes
81.2%
23.3%
20.2%
6.2%
3.0%
To some extent
13.1%
41.4%
40.2%
17.3%
10.6%
No
5.4%
31.2%
35.9%
74.7%
85.7%
Don't know
0.3%
4.2%
3.8%
1.8%
0.8%

Do you support a return to the negotiations between Palestinians and Israel at this time? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Yes unconditionally
5.5%
Yes conditionally (after a halt to settlement construction)
58.0%
No
29.7%
Neutral
6.8%

In your opinion, which of the following is the best means to end the occupation and establish a Palestinian state? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Negotiations to reach an agreement between the two parties
21.1%
An international conference that imposes a settlement
20.8%
A non-violent popular uprising
16.8%
Armed/militant confrontations
16.6%
A mix of non-violent and militant means
21.1%
Others
1.0%
Don't know
2.7%

Do you believe that the American government is a neutral party in the negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Yes
7.9%
To some extent
12.1%
No
78.3%
Don't know
1.7%

In general, do you believe that President Obama is capable of establishing a Palestinian state? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Yes
22.0%
To some extent
20.6%
No
55.2%
Don't know
2.2%

Do you have more or less hope for the peace process now compared to one year ago? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

More hope
44.1%
Less hope
49.4%
Don't know
6.5%

20 years agter the negotiations started, do you feel that Palestinians are closer or farther from achieving their goal of establishing a Palestinian state? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Closer
49.4%
Farther
41.7%
Don't know
8.8%

 

Internal Politics top

Do you think that there is corruption in PA institutions under the control of President Abu Mazin? (PSR, April 3, 2012)

Yes
72.9%
No
17.7%
Don't know/ no answer
9.4%

Do you think that there is corruption in PA institutions under the control of the dismissed government in the Gaza Strip? (PSR, April 3, 2012)

Yes
61.6%
No
21.2%
Don't know/ no answer
17.2%

For whom would you vote for Palestinian Authority Chairman? (Maan News, March 21, 2012)

Marwan Barghouti (now serving five life sentences in Israel for murder)
55%

Do you rate the performance of the Haniyeh government and the Fayyad government as positive? (PSR, December 17, 2011)

 
September 2011
December 2011
Yes - Haniyeh gov. (in Gaza)
34%
41%
Yes - Fayyad gov. (in West Bank)
53%
44%

Are you satisfied with the performance of President Abbas? (PSR, December 17, 2011)

 
September 2011
December 2011
Yes - I am satisfied
52%

60%
(47% in Gaza Strip; 67% in West Bank)

No - I am dissatisfied
44%
38%

If new presidential elections are held today and only two were nominated, who would win your vote? (PSR, December 17, 2011)

 
September 2011
December 2011
Abbas
59%

55%
54% in Gaza Strip;
56% in West Bank

Haniyeh
34%
37%
42% in Gaza Strip;
33% in West Bank
rate of participation in such an election
--
64%

If presidential elections are held today between Marwan Barghouti and Ismail Haniyeh, who would win your vote? (PSR, December 17, 2011)

Barghouti

64%

Haniyeh
30%
rate of participation in such an election
71%

If new legislative elections are held today with the participation of all factions, for whom would you vote? (PSR, December 17, 2011)

Hamas

29%
Gaza Strip: 35%
West Bank: 25%

Fateh
43%
Gaza Strip: 43%
West Bank: 44%
All other third parties - (combined percentage)
11%
Undecided
17%
rate of participation in such an election
73%

Assuming President Abbas would not run, who would you propose as a candidate for Fateh in the next presidential elections? (PSR, December 17, 2011)

Marwan Barghouti

40%

Salam Fayyad
8%
Saeb Erekat
5%
Mohammad Dahlan
3%
Azzam al Ahmad
2%
Mustapha Barghouti
2%

Of the following individuals, who do you favor? (PSR, December 17, 2011)

Marwan Barghouti

54%

Saeb Erekat
7%
Mahmud Al Aloul
4%
Azzam al Ahmad
3%
Abu Mahir Ghnaim
2%
Nasir al Qidwa
2%
Jibril al Rojoub
2%
Ahmad Qurie'
2%

After the meeting between president Mahmud Abbas and Khalid Mish'al, do you believe Fateh and Hamas will succeed in implementing the reconciliation agreement and reunify the West Bank and the Gaza Strip? (PSR, December 17, 2011)

Yes - they will succeed

50%

No - they will NOT succeed
46%

When, if ever, do you expect to see the formation of a reconciliation government or a government of experts? (PSR, December 17, 2011)

within days or weeks

21%

only after a long time
46%
I never expect one to be formed
27%

Do you expect elections for president and parliament will be held in May 2012 or a little after that? (PSR, December 17, 2011)

Yes - I expect elections to be held then or around then

43%

No - I do not think elections will be held around May 2012
47%

Do you approve or oppose the exclusion of Salam Fayyad from leading the government of reconciliation or experts? (PSR, December 17, 2011)

agree to his exclusion, as Hamas wishes

44%

oppose his exclusion
47%

If a reconciliation or expert government is formed soon, do you expect the US government and/or Israel to punish the PA by suspending financial support? (PSR, December 17, 2011)

I expect the US government to punish the PA by suspending financial support

72%

I think Israel, too, would likely suspend transfer of custom money to the PA
80%
I expect the EU to suspend financial support in such a case
52%

Do you think that the surrounding Arab and international circumstances necessitate concluding a national reconciliation agreement between Fateh and Hamas? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Yes
77.4%
No
18.7%
No opinion/Don't know
3.9%

Do you think that it is possible to reach a national reconciliation agreement between Fateh and Hamas in the near future? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Yes
70.6%
No
22.3%
No opinion/Don't know
7.1%

In case a national reconciliation agreement is signed, what do you think the consequences will be? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Speeding the peace process
40.3%
Entangling and stopping the peace process
24.5%
It will not have any effect
27.6%
No opinion/Don't know
7.6%

Do you support conducting presidential elections despite the Palestinian division? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

I support
33.1%
I reject
62.5%
No opinion/Don't know
4.3%

If presidential elections are held in the present time, to whom from among the following do you give your vote? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

An independent candidate
6.7%
A candidate from the left
2.2%
A candidate from Hamas
7.9%
A candidate from Fateh
27.6%
A national independent candidate
7.1%
An Islamic independent candidate
3.6%
I will not participate in the elections
22.0%
I have not decided yet
23.0%

Do you support conducting legislative elections despite the Palestinian division? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

I support
32.8%
I reject
61.4%
No opinion/Don't know
5.8%

If new Palestinian Legislative Council elections are conducted, whom do you vote for? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

An independent ticket
5.7%
A ticket from the left
2.6%
A ticket from Hamas
8.0%
A ticket from Fateh
28.6%
A national independent ticket
7.2%
An Islamic independent ticket
3.7%
I will not participate in the elections
21.6%
I have not decided yet
22.7%

If legislative elections are to be held today, which of the following would win? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Independent Islamists bloc
4.2%
Independent Nationalist bloc
8.8%
Fateh bloc
43.4%
Hamas bloc
12.3%
A bloc from leftist organizations
1.4%
No opinion/I don't know
29.8%

Do you support conducting municipality and local council elections despite the Palestinian division? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

I support
45.8%
I reject
47.5%
No opinion/Don't know
6.8%

If municipality and local council elections are to be held, who do you vote for? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

A bloc that represents the family or clan
5.7%
An independent ticket
6.0%
A ticket from the left
1.9%
A ticket from Hamas
8.5%
A ticket from Fateh
26.1%
A national independent ticket
8.2%
An Islamic independent ticket
2.9%
I will not participate in the elections
19.1%
I have not decided yet
21.7%

If elections are conducted in the Palestinian Territories at the present time, do you expect that they will be fair and unbiased? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

 
West Bank
Gaza Strip
Total
Yes
54.6%
37.2%
48.2%
No
36.6%
45.6%
39.9%
No opinion/Don't know
8.8%
17.2%
11.9%

Which of the following political affiliations do you support? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

 
West Bank
Gaza Strip
Total
People's Party
0.7%
1.6%
1.0%
Democratic Front
0.5%
1.4%
0.8%
Islamic Jihad
0.5%
3.4%
1.5%
Fateh
37.2%
37.0%
37.1%
Hamas
7.4%
14.6%
10.1%
Fida
0.0%
0.2%
0.1%
Popular Front
2.8%
3.4%
3.0%
Palestinian National Initiative
0.2%
0.8%
0.4%
I am an independent nationalist
7.7%
6.8%
7.3%
I am an independent Islamist
2.9%
5.0%
3.7%
None of the above
40.0%
22.2%
33.4%
Others
0.1%
3.6%
1.5%

At this time, what should be the top internal priority of the government? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Forming a unity government
43.2%
Improving the performance of the Palestinian economy and creating jobs
32.3%
Conducting municipal, Palestinian Legislative Council and presidential elections
15.8%
Enhancing the institutions of the Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip
7.4%
Others
0.8%
Don't know
8.8%

Do you agree/disagree with a recent statement by Palestinian officials (e.g., PM Fayyad) that the performance of Palestinian institutions improved significantly during the last two years? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Agree
32.6%
To some extent
32.9%
Disagree
27.5%
Don't know
7.0%

In general, how do you rate the overall performance of President Mahmoud Abbas? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Good
55.2%
Average
29.2%
Poor
14.2%
Don't know
1.4%

In general, how do you rate the overall performance of Prime Minister Fayyad? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Good
40.9%
Average
36.4%
Poor
19.6%
Don't know
3.1%

In general, how do you rate the overall performance of Ismael Haniyah? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Good
20.1%
Average
37.6%
Poor
35.4%
Don't know
6.9%

If you had to choose the next prime minister for a national unity government from the following candidates, who would you choose? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

S. Fayyad
31.7%
Mustafa Margouthi
15.9%
I. Haniyeh
13.3%
Munib Masri
7.1%
Nabil Shaath
3.3%
Jamal Al Khudari
3.2%
Other
3.3%
Not sure
22.3%

Do you believe that there is a need for a new political party between Hamas and Fateh? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Yes
36.4%
To some extent
19.8%
No
39.8%
Don't know
3.9%

In your opinion, when should local elections be held? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Immediately
13.3%
Within six months
18.1%
As soon as Fatah and Hamas have reconciled
58.6%
Elections should remain on hold
5.1%
Don't know
4.9%

In your opinion, when should national (Presidential and Palestinian Legislative Council) elections be held? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Immediately
12.8%
Within six months
18.4%
As soon as Fatah and Hamas have reconciled
59.6%
Elections should remain on hold
4.4%
Don't know
4.8%

If Palestinian Legislative Council elections took place today and the following lists were running, which one would you vote for? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Fatah
12.8%
Hamas
18.4%
Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)
59.6%
Al Mubadara
3.0
Palestinian People's Party (PPP)
1.4%
Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP)
1.3%
Third Way
0.9%
Islamic Jihad
0.9%
Feda
0.3%
Popular Struggle
0.2%
Hizb Tahreer
0.2%
Other
2.8%
undecided
21.5%
I will not vote
15.1%

Now I will give you a different list of leaders. For each list, please tell us who do you trust the most? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Leader West Bank Gaza Total
M. Abbas
42.9%
29.8%
38.0%
Marwan Bargouthi
16.7%
33.3%
22.9%
Salam Fayyad
4.8%
6.7%
5.5%
Nabil Shaath
1.1%
5.1%
2.6%
M. Dahlan
0.5%
3.8%
1.8%
Nasar Al Qudwi
0.9%
0.9%
0.9%
Jibril Rojoub
0.7%
0.2%
0.5%
Ahmad Qurie
0.5%
0.2%
0.4%
None of the above
21.2%
18.2%
20.1%
Don't know
10.7%
1.8%
7.3%

Of the following list of leaders, who do you trust the most? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Ismael Haniyeh
19.5%
Naser Al Din Alshaer
9.0%
Khaled Mashaal
5.2%
Aziz Duweik
4.7%
Jamal Al Khudari
3.3%
Hassan Yusef
2.8%
Mahmoud Zahhar
2.6%
Ahmad Bahar
0.8%
None of the above
38.7%
Don't know
13.4%

Of the following list of leaders, who do you trust the most? (AWRAD, October 13, 2011)

Salam Fayyad
24.7%
Mustafa Barghouthi
22.7%
Ahmad Saadat
9.4%
Hanan Ashrawi
6.4%
Basam Salhi
2.0%
Qais Abdelkarim
0.6%
Zahira Kamal
0.3%
Ahmad Majdalni
0.3%
None of the above
23.7%
Don't know
10.1%

 

Prisoner-Gilad Shalit Exchange 2011 top

Who won more out of the deal, Hamas or Israel? (Palestinian Center for Policy & Survey Research, December 17, 2011)

Hamas
~75%
Israel
22%

Has your support for Hamas increased or decreased after the exchange deal? (PSR, December 17, 2011)

increased
37%
decreased
10%

Was Hamas right to agree to Israel's condition that stipulated that top leaders like Ahmad Sa'dat, Ibrahim Hamid and Marwan Barghouti would be excluded from the deal? (PSR, December 17, 2011)

yes
55%
no - Hamas should not have agreed to this condition
40%

Was Hamas right to agree to Israel's condition that a number of released prisoners would be deported? (PSR, December 17, 2011)

yes
53%
no - Hamas should not have agreed to this condition
43%

Are you content with the exchange of prisoners agreement that was reached between Israel and Hamas which will lead to the release of Gilad Shalit in return for releasing 1027 Palestinian prisoners some of whom are sentenced to long term imprisonment? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Yes
67.7%
No
11.0%
No opinion/Don't know
2.9%

Do you think that the exchange of prisoners agreement that was reached between Israel and Hamas will increase the popularity of Hamas among Palestinians? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

  West Bank Gaza Strip Total
Yes 75.5% 54.4%
67.7%
No 19.7% 35.0%
25.3%
No opinion/Don't know 4.8% 10.6%
6.9%

Do you think that the exchange of prisoners agreement that was reached between Israel and Hamas will speed the reconciliation process? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

Yes
63.5%
No
27.0%
No opinion/Don't know
9.5%

Why do you think that Israel agreed to conclude a prisoners exchange deal at this particular time? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

To curb the current internal waves of protests and strikes
49.2%
Because of the conditions that prevailed after the Arab Spring
16.8%
Because the PLO submitted a bid for the recognition of the Palestinian State in the UN
23.7%
No opinion/Don't know
10.2%

Why do you think that Hamas agreed to conclude a prisoners exchange deal at this particular time? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

To obtain a committment from Israel not to assassinate Hamas leaders if they leave Damascus
15.3%
To increase its popularity among the Palestinian People
40.6%
Because of the conditions that prevailed after the Arab Springs
12.6%
Because the PLO submitted a bid for the recognition of the Palestinian State in the UN
15.9%
No opinion/Don't know
15.5%

 

Palestinian Society top

In your view, is there a press freedom in the West Bank? (PSR, April 3, 2012)

Yes
23.0%
To some extent
43.1%
No
30.6%
Don't know/ no answer
3.3%

In your view, is there a press freedom in the Gaza Strip? (PSR, April 3, 2012)

Yes
16.2%
To some extent
33.8%
No
40.4%
Don't know/ no answer
9.5%

In your view, can people in the West Bank today criticize the authority without fear? (PSR, April 3, 2012)

Yes
30.2%
No
66.0%
Don't know/ no answer
3.8%

In your view, can people in the Gaza Strip today criticize the authority without fear? (PSR, April 3, 2012)

Yes
21.9%
No
67.5%
Don't know/ no answer
10.6%

As far as you are concerned, do you think that 2012 will be better, or worse, than 2011? (PCPO, December 31, 2011)

 
Palestinian Territories
better
64.4%
worse
12.6%
same
22.4%
don't know/ no response
0.6%

Compared with this year, in your opinion, will next year be a year of economic prosperity, economic difficulty or remain the same? (PCPO, December 31, 2011)

 
Palestinian Territories
economic prosperity
20.6%
economic difficulty
46.5%
remain the same
31.9%
don't know/ no response
1.0%

As far as you are concerned, do you personally feel happy, unhappy or neither happy nor unhappy about your life? (PCPO, December 31, 2011)

 
Palestinian Territories
happy
31.5%
unhappy
24.6%
neither happy nor unhappy
43.0%
don't know/ no response
0.9%

Generally speaking, do you think immigration including bringing in foreign workers is a good thing or a bad thing for this country? (PCPO, December 31, 2011)

 
Palestinian Territories
good
28.6%
bad
46.0%
neither good nor bad
24.1%
don't know/ no response
1.3%

Irrespective of whether you attend a place or worship or not, would you say you are _____? (PCPO, December 31, 2011)

 
Palestinian Territories
a religious person
65.2%
not a religious person
28.8%
a convinced atheist
3.8%
don't know/ no response
2.2%

Have there been times in the last twelve months when you and/or your family have not had enough to eat? (PCPO, December 31, 2011)

 
Palestinian Territories
often
17.3%
sometimes
34.3%
rarely
21.1%
never
21.6%
don't know/ no response
5.8%

During the last 12 months, did you do any volunteer work; that is devoting time to a job for a non-for-profit organization without receiving any wage or salary in exchange? (PCPO, December 31, 2011)

 
Palestinian Territories
yes
43.0%
no
49.0%
don't know/ no response
8.0%

Do you think the world next year (2012) will be more peaceful (with fewer wars and terror) or less peaceful than the year which has just passed (2011); or will there be no difference? (PCPO, December 31, 2011)

 
Palestinian Territories
more peaceful
26.4%
less peaceful
29.7%
no difference
40.9%
don't know/ no response
3.0%

So far as you are concerned, do you think that in 2012, economy related protests and industrial disputes in Palestine will increase, decrease, or remain the same? (PCPO, December 31, 2011)

 
Palestinian Territories
increase
31.9%
decrease
14.5%
remain the same
29.9%
don't know/ no response
23.7%

How would you rate conditions in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip? (PSR, December 17, 2011)

 
West Bank
Gaza Strip
good or very good
36%
26%
bad or very bad
30%
47%

Is there corruption in the PA institutions in the West Bank and/or in the institutions of the dismissed government in the Gaza Strip? (PSR, December 17, 2011)

 
West Bank
Gaza Strip
Yes
70%
60%

Is there press freedom in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip? (PSR, December 17, 2011)

 
West Bank
Gaza Strip
Yes or to some extent
67%
52%
No
28%
36%

Can people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip criticize authority there without fear? (PSR, December 17, 2011)

 
West Bank
Gaza Strip
Yes
35%
24%

Is it safe and secure in the West Bank and Gaza Strip? (PSR, December 17, 2011)

 
West Bank
Gaza Strip
Yes
59%
69%

Do you seek immigration to other countries? (PSR, December 17, 2011)

 
September 2011
December 2011
Yes - West Bank
28%
24%
Yes - Gaza Strip
49%
43%

Do the current political, security and economic circumstances compel you to desire emigrating abroad? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

  West Bank Gaza Strip Total
Yes 20.4% 46.4%
30.0%
No 78.9% 46.4%
66.9%
No opinion/Don't know 0.7% 7.2%
3.1%

Are you worried about your life under the present circumstances? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

  West Bank Gaza Strip Total
Yes 30.3% 48.0%
36.8%
No 69.6% 46.6%
61.1%
No opinion/Don't know 0.1% 5.4%
2.1%

Are you pessimistic or optimistic towards the general Palestinian situation at this stage? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

  West Bank Gaza Strip Total
Optimistic 61.9% 38.6%
53.3%
Pessimistic 35.9% 50.2%
41.1%
No opinion/Don't know 2.2% 11.2%
5.5%

Under the present circumstances, do you feel that you, your family and your properties are safe? (Al-Najah poll, October 17, 2011)

  West Bank Gaza Strip Total
Yes 41.6% 21.2%
34.1%
May be 31.0% 41.0% 34.7%
No 27.3% 34.8%
30.1%
No opinion/Don't know 0.1% 3.0%
1.2%
 

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