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Palestinian Public Opinion Polls:
Views on the Shalit Prisoner Exchange


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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%

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