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In general, to what extent do you feel optimistic regarding the Palestinian future? Would you say that you are optimistic, cautiously optimistic, or pessimistic? (Jerusalem Media and Communications Center, March 2013)

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza

Optimistic

28.8

28.8

28.6

Caustiously optimistic

40.7

38.3

44.9

Pessimistic

29.6

31.9

25.6

No answer

0.9

1.0

0.9

On the 20th anniversary of the Oslo Accords, do you think that the Oslo Accords served or harmed the Palestinian national interests or made no difference? (Jerusalem Media and Communications Center, March 2013)

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza

The Oslo Accords served the Palestinian national interests

24.6

22.0

29.1

The Oslo Accords harmed the Palestinian national interests

33.6

32.0

36.3

The Oslo Accords made no difference

34.9

36.6

32.1

Don’t know

5.1

6.9

1.9

No answer

1.8

2.5

0.6

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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