Views on the Palestinian Infrastructure and Political System

(2005-2006)


In General, What is the extent of your optimism towards the Palestinian Future? Would you say you are optimistic, somewhat optimistic, or pessimistic? (Jerusalem Media & Communications Center, February 2006)

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza

 

N= 1200

N= 760

N= 440

Optimistic

41.2

40.0

43.2

Somewhat Optimistic

38.6

39.7

36.6

Pessimistic

19.6

20.0

18.9

No answer

0.6

0.3

1.3

To what extent would you say the elections process was free and fair? (Jerusalem Media & Communications Center, February 2006)

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza

 

N= 1200

N= 760

N= 440

Fair

77.6

81.2

71.4

Somewhat fair

16.4

13.3

21.8

Wasn't fair

4.1

3.9

4.3

No answer

1.9

1.6

2.5

Given the elections results, to what extent you say that the elected members re present your point of view? (Jerusalem Media & Communications Center, February 2006)

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza

 

N= 1200

N= 760

N= 440

Represent my point of view

29.1

27.0

32.7

Represent my point of view to a

certain extent

38.9

38.2

40.2

Do not represent my point of view

29.6

32.4

24.8

No answer

2.4

2.4

2.3

How concerned are you from Hamas enforcing social restrictions on the Palestinians? (Jerusalem Media & Communications Center, February 2006)

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza

 

N= 1200

N= 760

N= 440

Very worried

8.3

10.0

5.2

Somewhat worried

21.3

20.3

23.0

Somewhat not worried

29.3

29.7

28.6

Not worried at all

40.4

39.5

42.0

No answer

0.7

0.5

1.2

If you voted for Hamas , why so? (Jerusalem Media & Communications Center, February 2006)*

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza

 

N=532

N=305

N=227

Religious Factors

18.8

18.7

18.9

Hope to end the Corruption

43.0

39.7

47.6

Hope to live in better living

conditions

10.7

12.8

7.9

For their political agenda

11.8

12.5

11.0

To stop Fateh's control over the

government

7.5

9.2

5.3

Others

2.1

1.0

3.5

No answer

6.1

6.1

5.8

*This question was asked who said that they voted for Hamas

Regardless of whom you voted for, why do you think most People voted for them? (Jerusalem Media & Communications Center, February 2006)

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza

 

N= 1200

N=760

N=440

Religious Factors

13.3

14.3

11.6

Hope to end the Corruption

44.0

39.7

51.4

Hope to live in a better living

conditions

18.9

19.2

18.4

For their political agenda

6.1

6.4

5.5

To stop Fateh's control over the

government

13.5

15.7

9.8

Others

2.7

2.9

2.3

No answer

1.5

1.8

1.0

The status of the Palestinian Judiciary system is: (PCPO, November 16-21, 2005)

Response

Total

Good

18.0%

Mediocre

45.2%

Bad

34.8%

No Opinion

2.0%

The ad hoc committee at the PLC has called for the dismissal of all heads of the security departments and their deputies, who failed in performing their duties properly, from their offices and the appointment of new Palestinian cadres. Do you support this call or not?  (PCPO, October 26, 2005)

Strongly agree

50.4%

Somewhat agree

32.4%

Some what disagree

12.4%

Strongly agree

3.1%

Don’t know

1.7%

 

About 8 months have passed since the election of the new president (Mr. Mahmoud Abbas), how do you evaluate his performance in the following areas? (Bir Zeit Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2005)

1) Improving the performance of security  apparatuses

48.3

48.0

48.9

2) Upgrading the situation of women

44.5

40.7

50.5

3) promoting more democracy and freedom of expression 

43.7

39.1

51.1

4) Achieving Israeli withdrawal

43.1

36.6

53.5

5) Improving government services

40.1

37.8

43.7

6) Supporting social development and social security programs

39.3

36.0

44.4

7) Achieving equality between regions

32.8

30.1

37.2

8) Uprooting corruption

32.5

30.0

36.3

9) Achieving internal security

31.9

26.3

40.9

In general, how do you evaluate the performance of President (Mr. Mahmoud Abbas)? (Bir Zeit Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2005)

1) Good

41.2

37.0

48.1

2) Fair

41.8

42.7

40.4

3) Weak

17.0

20.4

11.5

In general, how do you evaluate the performance of Prime Minister Mr. Ahmad Qurie’? (Bir Zeit Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2005)

1) Good

24.6

24.9

24.1

2) Fair

39.1

38.0

40.8

3) Weak

36.3

37.0

35.1

In general, how do you evaluate the performance of the present government? (Bir Zeit Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2005)

1) Good

21.6

20.2

23.9

2) Fair

39.8

40.4

38.8

3) Weak

32.1

32.1

32.1

4) No opinion

6.5

7.3

5.2

How do you evaluate the performance of the following Palestinian institutions since the election of President Mahmoud Abbas? (An-Najah University, May 11-13, 2005)

 
 Total

Good

satisfied

bad

I don’t know/No opinion

Total

The Presidential Institution

31.3

40.9

19.4

8.5

100.0

The Palestinian Government

27.2

40.3

27.8

4.7

100.0

The Legislative Council

17.1

35.1

42.0

5.8

100.0

The judicious system

26.0

34.5

30.7

8.8

100.0

The security apparatuses

22.3

33.5

40.6

3.7

100.0

West Bank

 

Good

satisfied

bad

I don’t know/No opinion

Total

The Presidential Institution

36.5

39.5

14.7

9.3

100.0

The Palestinian Government

33.1

39.1

22.9

4.9

100.0

The Legislative Council

20.8

37.2

35.5

6.5

100.0

The judicious system

30.7

31.7

27.7

9.9

100.0

The security apparatuses

29.2

33.0

34.7

3.1

100.0

Gaza Strip

 

Good

satisfied

bad

I don’t know/No opinion

Total

The Presidential Institution

22.2

43.2

27.6

7.0

100.0

The Palestinian Government

17.0

42.4

36.2

4.4

100.0

The Legislative Council

10.6

31.6

53.2

4.6

100.0

The judicious system

18.0

39.2

36.0

6.8

100.0

The security apparatuses

10.4

34.2

50.8

4.6

100.0

Do you think that the Palestinian President began practical and tangible steps towards achieving the following (An-Najah University, May 11-13, 2005)

Total

Yes

No

I don’t know/No opinion

Total

Fighting corruption in public institutions

49.9

42.5

7.6

100.0

Unifying Palestinian security apparatuses

63.8

30.3

6.0

100.0

Enforcing the rule of law

44.6

49.1

6.3

100.0

Putting an end to the chaotic use of arms in Palestinian streets

30.1

64.2

5.7

100.0

Releasing prisoners

32.7

61.8

5.5

100.0

Protecting the subjects of Palestinian resistance

28.6

64.6

6.8

100.0

Limiting mediations in appointments in public positions.

25.2

64.9

9.9

100.0

Providing personal security to Palestinian people

29.0

64.8

6.2

100.0

Improving the economic situation

22.4

71.6

6.0

100.0

Limiting poverty and unemployment

18.4

76.3

5.4

100.0

West Bank

Yes

No

I don’t know/No opinion

Total

Fighting corruption in public institutions

54.7

38.5

6.9

100.0

Unifying Palestinian security apparatuses

68.6

25.9

5.5

100.0

Enforcing the rule of law

53.3

41.9

4.9

100.0

Putting an end to the chaotic use of arms in Palestinian streets

38.3

57.4

4.3

100.0

Releasing prisoners

40.3

57.4

2.2

100.0

Protecting the subjects of Palestinian resistance

30.7

65.2

4.1

100.0

Limiting mediations in appointments in public positions.

26.9

63.6

9.5

100.0

Providing personal security to Palestinian people

30.9

65.2

3.8

100.0

Improving the economic situation

24.3

72.6

3.1

100.0

Limiting poverty and unemployment

19.1

78.3

2.7

100.0

Gaza Strip

Yes

No

I don’t know/No opinion

Total

Fighting corruption in public institutions

41.8

49.4

8.8

100.0

Unifying Palestinian security apparatuses

55.4

37.8

6.8

100.0

Enforcing the rule of law

29.6

61.6

8.8

100.0

Putting an end to the chaotic use of arms in Palestinian streets

16.0

75.8

8.2

100.0

Releasing prisoners

19.6

69.2

11.2

100.0

Protecting the subjects of Palestinian resistance

25.0

63.6

11.4

100.0

Limiting mediations in appointments in public positions.

22.4

67.0

10.6

100.0

Providing personal security to Palestinian people

25.8

64.0

10.2

100.0

Improving the economic situation

19.2

70.0

10.8

100.0

Limiting poverty and unemployment

17.2

72.8

10.0

100.0

 

 

Do you think that the changes that President Abu Mazen conducted are (An-Najah University, May 11-13, 2005)

 

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Genuinely for reform

26.8

30.9

19.8

Formal and useless

18.3

14.8

24.4

Partially to isolate some official from decision making

15.1

12.2

20.2

To please some foreign  parties

32.1

34.3

28.4

I don not know/ No opinion

7.6

7.8

7.2

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

 

As for the state of democracy in Palestine, how do you see it? (An-Najah University, May 11-13, 2005)

 

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Good

22.6

22.7

22.4

Fair

41.9

41.2

43.2

Bad

31.4

33.4

28.0

I don not know/ No opinion

4.1

2.8

6.4

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

Do you think that the political system in Palestine heading towards respecting human rights? (An-Najah University, May 11-13, 2005)

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Yes

30.4

35.3

22.0

Partially

37.6

34.5

42.8

No

28.4

27.1

30.6

I don not know/ No opinion

3.6

3.0

4.6

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

Do you think that the political system in Palestine is heading towards building a democratic system? (An-Najah University, May 11-13, 2005)

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Yes

26.5

28.6

23.0

Partially

43.7

40.7

48.8

No

25.4

26.6

23.2

I don not know/ No opinion

4.4

4.1

5.0

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

 

 

 

 

How do you assess the respect paid to human rights by the Palestinian Authority? (An-Najah University, May 11-13, 2005)

 

Total

West Bank

 Gaza Strip

Good

22.1

25.1

17.0

Fair

45.1

47.8

40.4

Bad

29.3

24.7

37.4

I don not know/ No opinion

3.5

2.4

5.2

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

 

How do you assess the respect paid to the freedom of press in Palestine by the Palestinian Authority? (An-Najah University, May 11-13, 2005)

 

Total

West Bank

The Gaza Strip

Good

33.2

38.1

24.8

Fair

41.7

39.8

45.0

Bad

19.8

16.0

26.2

I don not know/ No opinion

5.3

6.0

4.0

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

 

Can you criticize the policies of the Palestinian Authority without fear? (An-Najah University, May 11-13, 2005)

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Yes

47.1

48.5

44.8

Partially

25.4

22.6

30.2

No

25.6

27.6

22.2

I don not know/ No opinion

1.9

1.4

2.8

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

 

Do you feel that you have the freedom to express your opinion in general political issues without fear? (An-Najah University, May 11-13, 2005)

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Yes

45.6

47.7

42.0

Partially

26.8

23.8

31.8

No

26.0

27.9

22.6

I don not know/ No opinion

1.7

0.6

3.6

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

Do you think that the Palestinian social system gives you the freedom to adopt any religion or idea you choose? (An-Najah University, May 11-13, 2005)

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Yes

39.4

47.4

26.6

Partially

19.3

15.8

25.2

No

39.6

34.2

43.6

I don not know/ No opinion

3.7

2.6

5.6

Total

100.0

100.0

100.0