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Opinion on the Post-Arafat Era


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Level of concern about the current situation. (Near East Consulting, Sept.. 28-30, 2007)

Extremely concerned
54.9%
Concerned to some extent
30.7%
Not very concerned
8.9%
Not concerned at all
4.4%
Missing
1.1%

Main issue that makes you fell concerned. (Near East Consulting, Sept.. 28-30, 2007)

The economic hardship of my household
34.7%
The absence of security for me and my family
19.8%
The internal power struggle
22.2%
The Israeli occupation
7.8%
Family problems
4.9%
I have no concerns
8.5%
Missing
2.2%

Level of optimism about the future. (Near East Consulting, Sept.. 28-30, 2007)

Very optimistic
20.0%
Optimistic
46.6%
Pessimistic
20.1%
Very Pessimistic
11.4%
Missing
1.9%

Feeling of security with respect to yourself, family and property. (Near East Consulting, Sept.. 28-30, 2007)

I feel secure
46.1%
I do not feel secure
52.5%
Missing
1.4%

Trust in Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) versus trust in Ismael Hanieh. (Near East Consulting, Sept.. 28-30, 2007)

Abu Mazen
43.9%
Ismael Hanieh
16.5%
Missing
39.6%

Most trusted Palestinian personality. (Near East Consulting, Sept.. 28-30, 2007)

Mahmoud Abbas
24.0%
Ismael Hanieh
9.0%
Marwan Barghouti
11.1%
Khaled Mashaal
3.2%
Mohammad Dahlan
2.9%
Mahmoud Zahhar
0.4%
Salam Fayyad
6.7%
Mustafa Barghouti
8.5%
I trust no one of the above
19.3%
Others
1.8%
Missing
13.1%

Is the Caretaker government proceeding on the right path? (Near East Consulting, Sept.. 28-30, 2007)

Yes
51.3%
No
34.7%
Missing
14.1%

Feeling of security after the formation of a Caretaker government. (Near East Consulting, Sept.. 28-30, 2007)

I feel more secure
35.3%
I feel less secure
15.0%
Feeling of security remained the same
42.1%
Missing
7.7%

Level of confidence in Salam Fayyad. (Near East Consulting, Sept.. 28-30, 2007)

High
28.3%
Middle
40.4%
Low
20.9%
Missing
10.4%

Which is a legitimate government in the occupied Palestinian Territories? (Near East Consulting, Sept.. 28-30, 2007)

Caretaker government of Salam Fayyad
47.7%
Hamas-led Hanieh government
18.9%
Neither
19.8%
Missing
13.6%

Support or opposition to early PLC elections. (Near East Consulting, Sept.. 28-30, 2007)

Support
70.6%
Oppose
24.6%
Missing
4.8%

Support or opposition to early Presidential elections. (Near East Consulting, Sept.. 28-30, 2007)

Support
65.7%
Oppose
28.9%
Missing
5.3%

Voting preference if early PLC elections are held next week. (Near East Consulting, Sept.. 28-30, 2007)

Fateh
40.0%
Hamas
9.0%
Others
13.8%
Missing
37.1%

Voting preference if early Presidential elections are held next week. (Near East Consulting, Sept.. 28-30, 2007)

Fateh candidate
41.7%
Hamas candidate
8.4%
Other candidate
14.8%
Missing
35.1%

Support or opposition to the formation of a new political faction in the occupied Palestinian Territories. (Near East Consulting, Sept.. 28-30, 2007)

Support
35.6%
Oppose
58.3%
Missing
6.2%

Will you vote for a new faction if it works in the Palestinian interest? (Near East Consulting, Sept.. 28-30, 2007)

Yes
65.5%
No
25.2%
Missing
9.2%

Will you support Fateh in future elections if it reforms itself? (Near East Consulting, Sept.. 28-30, 2007)

Yes
77.8%
No
16.1%
Missing
6.1%

The best strategy that works for the Palestinian national interest. (Near East Consulting, Sept.. 28-30, 2007)

The Fateh strategy
54.7%
The Hamas strategy
12.7%
Missing
32.6%

Do you approve or disapprove of the leadership of the United States? (Gallup Poll; December 26, 2005 – January 8, 2006)

Approve
15%
Disapprove
73%
Don't know
12%

What is your impression of President George W. Bush? (Gallup Poll; December 26, 2005 – January 8, 2006)

Very Favorable
1%
Somewhat Favorable
2%
Neither
4%
Somewhat Unfavorable
10%
Very Unfavorable
82%
Don't Know
1%

Is there, you think, a substantial improvement to your life and the life of your family since the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza Strip on August 15th, 2005? (PCPO, December 13, 2005)

Yes, at a high rate
6.8%
Yes, but to a certain degree
34.5%
A slight improvement
32.9%
No improvement at all
24.4%
Don't know
1.4%

Do you support the use of force by Palestinian security services against those factions that break the agreed period of calm(Tahdiaa)? (IMRA Fafo, November 21-December 10, 2005)  

Response

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Total

Strongly Agree

6

7

6

Agree

19

22

20

Disagree

51

36

46

Strongly disagree
24
35
28

 

Most important issue to address in order to get the peace process back on track. (IMRA Fafo, November 21-December 10, 2005)  

 

Response

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Evacuation of settlements

16

21

8

Release of prisoners

33

29

42

Removal of checkpoints

12

16

4

Easy border crossing
4
4
5
Withdrawal
34
30
40

Do you think that the new party being established by Ariel Sharon will lead to progress in the peace process, or that there will be little change, or that the peace process will be hampered? (IMRA Fafo, November 21-December 10, 2005)  

Response

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Progress

7

7

6

Little Change

22

20

25

Hampered

72

73

69

To what extent do you agree to the following statement: The Intifada must continue.(IMRA Fafo, November 21-December 10, 2005)  

Response

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Strongly Agree

10

11

10

Agree

33

36

27

Disagree

37

36

38

Strongly disagree
20
17
25

To what extent do you agree to the following statement: All Palestinian factions must stop military operations from Gaza (IMRA Fafo, November 21-December 10, 2005)  

Response

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Strongly Agree

22

15

33

Agree

52

57

43

Disagree

20

22

17

Strongly disagree
5
5
6

To what extent do you agree to the following statement: The resumption of military operations against Israeli targets is a legitimate response to the current political situation (IMRA Fafo, November 21-December 10, 2005)  

Response

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Strongly Agree

20

16

26

Agree

49

54

41

Disagree

27

26

29

Strongly disagree
4
4
4

To what extent do you agree to the following statement: Suicide bombings against Israeli civilians are necessary to force Israel to make political concessions (IMRA Fafo, November 21-December 10, 2005)  

Response

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Strongly Agree

16

14

20

Agree

34

33

36

Disagree

37

41

29

Strongly disagree
14
12
14

To what extent do you agree to the following statement: Support to al Qaeda's bombings in the USA and Europe (IMRA Fafo, November 21-December 10, 2005)  

Response

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Strongly Agree

38

28

56

Agree

27

29

23

Disagree

19

22

13

Strongly disagree
16
21
7

Do you support or oppose the extension of the "quiet" period which ends at the end of December 2005? (PCPSR, December 6-8, 2005)

Support
80%
Oppose
18%
Don't know
2%

Do you support or oppose the current ceasefire? (PCPSR, December 6-8, 2005)

Support
75%
Oppose
23%
Don't Know
2%

Do you support or oppose the collection of arms from armed groups in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip? (PCPSR)

 
6/11/05
12/8/05
Support
37.7%
47%
Oppose
59.8%
51%
Don't Know
2.4%
2%

Do you support or oppose armed attacks from the Gaza Strip? (PCPSR)

 
6/11/05
12/8/05
Support
46.3%
36%
Oppose
50.8%
60%
Don't Know
2.9%
4%

How do you evaluate the situation in the Gaza Strip after disengagement? (PCPSR, December 6-8, 2005)

Better
45%
Unchanged
28%
Worse
25%

How do you evaluate the performance of the PA in the Gaza Strip in the aftermath of the Israeli withdrawal? (PCPSR, December 6-8, 2005)

Better
40%
Unchaned
34%
Worse
21%

Do you support or oppose the Rafah Crossing's agreement? (PCPSR, December 6-8, 2005)

Support
41%
Oppose
56%
Don't Know
3%

Do you expect Israel to close the Rafah crossing if bombing attacks or rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip? (PCPSR, December 6-8, 2005)

Yes
85%
No
13%
Don't Know
2%

Since the Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, do you believe that the Palestinian Authority has been capable of imposing order, law and security in the Gaza Strip? (Palestinian Public Opinion Polls, November 16-18, 2005)

Yes
14.0%
Partially
39.6%
No
42.8%
No opinion/I do not know
3.5%

Do you support or oppose a peace settlement with Israel? (Near East Consulting)

 
1/20-22/06
11/13-16/04
I support a peace with Israel agreement
70%
79.5%
I oppose a peace agreement
24%
15.5%
Don't know/Missing
6%
5%

 

Are you with or against the accord concluded with the Israelis for the opening of Rafah border crossing in the presence of the US Secretary of State Condollessa Rice and representatives of the European Community? (PCPO, November 16-21, 2005)

 

Response

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Total

With

48.9%

64.8%

54.5%

Against

36.8%

33.8%

35.8%

Don't know

14.3%

1.4%

9.7%

 

Are you with or against the resumption of the negotiations with the Israeli side for reaching a final settlement of the conflict? (PCPO, November 16-21, 2005)

 

Response

West Bank

Gaza Strip

Total

With

50.7%

75.1%

59.5%

Against

35.3%

22.2%

30.6%

Don't know

14.0%

2.7%

9.9%

One year after the departure of the late president Mr. Yassir Arafat. Do you think his position is still firm in your intuition? (PCPO, November 9, 2005)

Yes, too much
51.5%
Yes, to some extent
28.3%
Yes, a little
16.4%
No, not at all
3.4%
Don't know
0.4%

 

What is the degree of your support at present to Mr. Mahmoud Abbas? (PCPO)

 

Response

2/15/05

11/9/05

Strongly support him

23.2

22.3

Somewhat support him

48.1

49.8

Somewhat don't support him

13.8

16.8

Strongly don't support him
11.5
7.3
Don't know
3.4
3.8

 

How likely is it that there will be peace with the Israelis in the near future? (PCPO)

 

Response

2/9/04

10/18/04

11/9/05

Very likely

7.8

8.5

7.3

Somewhat likely

40.9

38.1

41.1

Somewhat unlikely

25.0

22.8

31.0
Very unlikely
15.7
20.5
16.4
Refused-do not read
10.6
10.1
4.2

 

The ad hoc committee at the Palestinian Legislative Council called on the political parties and the armed factions to act in a serious and responsible manner for ending all forms of weapon chaos, anarchy and lawlessness . "The ending of this situation is a collective responsibility under the terms of the law sovereignty", the committee said.  Do you support this call or not?  (PCPO, October 26, 2005)

 

Strongly agree

41.6%

Somewhat agree

39.8%

Some what disagree

13.6%

Strongly agree

3.7%

Don’t know

1.3%

 

Mr. Tawfiq Abu Khousa, spokesman of the Ministry of Interior & National Security, told journalists on 3/10/2005 that the Palestinian Authority will continue persistently its campaign for ending the armed shows and withdrawal of weapons from the street. He added that this campaign is within the frame of enforcing the law sovereignty and is also in conformity with the national agreement concluded between the Palestinian factions and the PA-president Mahmoud Abbas on abandoning the shows of carrying weapons in public. Do you agree with that or not?  (PCPO, October 26, 2005)

 

Strongly agree

35.4%

Somewhat agree

34.7%

Some what disagree

18.0%

Strongly agree

10.3%

Don’t know

1.6%

 

After the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, do you feel secure about your self, your family and property? (Bir Zeit Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2005)

 

Total %

West Bank %

Gaza Strip %

1) Yes

27.3

15.6

46.4

2)

16.4

14.2

20.0

3) No

55.2

68.6

33.5

4) No opinion

1.0

1.6

0.1

After the Israeli withdrawal from, are you optimistic or pessimistic? (Bir Zeit Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2005)

1) Yes

44.5

36.9

56.7

2)

21.6

22.0

21.0

3) No

32.5

39.1

21.7

4) No opinion

1.5

2.0

0.6

Do you believe that the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza will deepen Israeli control over the West Bank? (Bir Zeit Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2005)

1) Yes

76.7

75.4

78.9

2)

11.9

12.2

11.3

3) No

11.5

12.4

9.9

Do you think that the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza will lead to the following……..? (Bir Zeit Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2005)

Improving PNA Performance

1) Yes

48.0

37.3

65.4

2) To some extent

21.2

25.7

13.9

3) No

25.9

31.4

17.1

4) Don’t know

4.8

5.6

3.6

Resumption of talks with Israel

1) Yes

44.0

37.6

54.6

2) To some extent

16.1

17.1

14.5

3) No

33.1

36.4

27.8

4) Don’t know

3.8

9.0

3.2

Reinforcing the rule of law

1) Yes

40.6

32.3

53.9

2) To some extent

20.4

22.4

17.2

3) No

36.0

41.0

28.0

4) Don’t know

3.0

4.3

0.9

Consolidating relations and  communication between Gaza and West Bank

1) Yes

34.5

30.7

40.6

2) To some extent

21.3

20.2

23.0

3) No

38.8

42.4

33.1

4) Don’t know

5.4

6.7

3.3

 

Total %

West Bank %

Gaza Strip %

Improving the economic conditions

1) Yes

32.1

25.6

42.5

2) To some extent

22.7

20.6

26.1

3) No

41.4

49.5

28.3

4) Don’t know

3.8

4.3

3.1

Ending the problem of illegal weapons and chaos

1) Yes

30.7

23.9

41.8

2) To some extent

17.7

19.1

15.6

3) No

46.8

50.8

40.4

4) Don’t know

4.8

6.3

2.3

Releasing Palestinian political prisoners from Israeli jails

1) Yes

24.3

18.1

34.5

2) To some extent

20.1

17.7

23.8

3) No

51.9

59.9

38.8

4) Don’t know

3.8

4.3

2.9

Easing the closure on the West Bank

1) Yes

20.7

20.9

20.4

2) To some extent

13.2

13.6

12.6

3) No

64.1

64.4

63.8

4) Don’t know

2.0

1.2

3.3

In your opinion, which one of the issues listed above is the most important? (Bir Zeit Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2005)

1)  Releasing Palestinian political prisoners from Israeli jails

26.5

27.4

25.1

2) Ending the problem of illegal weapons and chaos

23.4

20.6

28.0

3) Improving the economic condition

22.5

19.6

27.3

4) Enforcing the rule of law

14.6

17.0

10.8

5) Easing the closure on the West Bank

6.5

9.2

2.2

6) Resumption of talks with Israel

3.2

3.6

2.5

7) Consolidating relations and  communication between Gaza & West Bank

2.0

1.6

2.6

8) Improving PNA Performance

1.3

1.1

1.6

Do you support or oppose a truce agreement that prevents attacks against Israeli targets? (Bir Zeit Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2005)

1) Support

74.3

69.0

82.9

2) Oppose

22.6

26.6

16.2

3) No opinion

3.1

4.4

1.0

In his speech after the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, president Abbas declared his intention to end internal insecurity and arms chaos, do you support or oppose his declaration? (Bir Zeit Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2005)

1) Support

81.9

76.2

91.2

2) Oppose

15.6

20.4

7.7

3) No opinion

2.5

3.4

1.1

 

Total %

West Bank %

Gaza Strip %

Do you believe that president Abbas is capable of achieving his promise to end internal insecurity and arms chaos? (Bir Zeit Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2005)

1) Yes

50.7

46.3

57.9

2) No

40.3

42.7

36.3

3) No opinion

9.0

11.0

5.8

Do you support or oppose that the PNA divest arms carried by the various bridges (Al Aqsa, Al Qassam, .. etc)? (Bir Zeit Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2005)

1) Support

35.2

28.9

45.4

2) Oppose

60.0

66.2

50.0

3) No opinion

4.8

4.9

4.5

Do you support or oppose militant parades, carried out by some political factions in residential areas? (Bir Zeit Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2005)

1) Support

26.1

31.7

17.1

2) Oppose

71.5

65.1

81.9

3) No opinion

2.4

3.2

1.0

How do you view the storage of arms in residential areas? (Bir Zeit Sept. 30-Oct. 2, 2005)

1) Acceptable  

6.2

7.4

4.4

2) Unacceptable  

92.6

91.0

95.2

3) No opinion

1.2

1.6

0.5

Do you think that it's the right of the Palestinians and Israelis to live in peace and security, or not?  (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion)

 

Nov 4-8,2004

August 3, 2005

Yes

54.7%

64.7%

No

28.8%

31.1%

Don't know

16.5%

4.2%

Which party would you pick? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, September 7-9, 2005)

 

Hamas

Fatah

Other/Don't Know

Which party is the most able to fight corruption?

46%

37%

17%

Which party is the most able to insure the continuation of the intifada

62%

37%

1%

Which party is the most able to push the peace process forward

64%

21%

15%

What is your opinion concerning Abu Mazen's declaration of his approval of granting the Palestinian refugees the right of citizenship by the Arab governments of the countries where these refugees live? (PCPO, July 19, 2005)

the declaration aimed at minimizing the right of the refugees to return back

43.9%

the declaration aimed at facilitating the living conditions of the Palestinian refugees in these countries

38.1%

the goal was to grant the Palestinian refugees the right to obtain a second nationality

16.1%

did not answer the question
1.9%

Do you support or reject the participation of Hamas in a national coalition government? (Center of Opinion Polls and Survey Studies, July 13-15, 2005)

I support

75.1%

I reject

20.0%

No opinion/I don not know

4.9%

Hamas turned down the PA's call for joining a national coalition government. Do you support or reject the position of Hamas in this regard? (Center of Opinion Polls and Survey Studies, July 13-15, 2005)

I support

29.1%

I reject

59.4%

No opinion/I don not know

11.5%

With regard to current negotiations between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, which issue in the short run should in your view be the first priority? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, June 9-11, 2005)

Freezing Israeli settlements

12.8

Return of laborers to work in Israel

16.2

Removal of checkpoints

9.8

Release of more prisoners
33.5
stop the building of the wall
23.7
others (specify: ------ )
2.8
DK/NA
1.1

How soon do you think will a political settlement between Israel and the Palestinians be achieved? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, June 9-11, 2005)

A political settlement is not possible ever

45.6%

Only in many generations to come

22.3%

Only in the next generation

6.9%

Only in the next decade
2.9%
In the next few years
16.2%
DK/NA
6.1%

Do you support or oppose the current mutual cease fire with Israel? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, June 9-11, 2005)

Definitely support

17.8%

Support

58.7%

Oppose

18.9%

Definitely oppose
3.3%
DK/NA
1.3%

Do you believe that armed confrontations so far has helped achieved Palestinian national and political rights in ways that negotiations could not achieve? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, June 9-11, 2005)

Definitely yes

16.4

Yes

49.7

No

27.1

Definitely no
5.1
DK/NA
1.8

If a peace agreement is reached, and a Palestinian state is established and recognized by Israel, would you support or oppose the efforts to reach full reconciliation between Israel and the Palestinian state? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, June 9-11, 2005)

Would strongly support

15.2

Would support

59.4

Would oppose

17.9

Would strongly oppose
5.8
DK/NA
1.6

In your opinion, is lasting peace possible between Israelis and Palestinians? (Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, June 9-11, 2005)

Definitely possible

1.8

Possible

24.1

Impossible

44.8

Definitely impossible
27.6
DK/NA
1.7

How do you evaluate the visit of Abu Mazin to Washington and his meeting with the American president George Bush?   (PCPO, June 6-11/2005)

Very successful

10.5%

Somewhat successful

44.1%

Somewhat unsuccessful

20.8%

Unsuccessful at all

12.2%

Don’t know / refuse.

12.4%

Do you support the continuation of the calm with the Israelis, or not?  (PCPO, June 6-11/2005)

Strongly support

28.5%

Somewhat support

48.0%

Somewhat don’t support

12.7%

Strongly don’t support

7.0%

Don’t know / refuse.

3.8%

Do you think that the release of 400 prisoners by Israel in conformity with Sharm el-Sheikh accords will boost the support of the “Palestinian street” for Fateh, or not?  (PCPO, June 6-11/2005)

Yes, will strongly support

23.7%

Yes, will somewhat support

41.8%

Will not support

27.4%

Don’t know / refuse.

7.1%

Do you think that Al-Aqsa Intifada is still continued, or is actually over? (PCPO, June 6-11/2005)

Is still continued strongly

12.6%

Is still continued, but faintly

66.7%

Is actually over

18.1%

Don’t know / refuse.

2.6%

Do you think that the changes which took place in the security departments are an important or a partial step carried out by Abu Mazin for the achievement of real reforms? (PCPO, June 6-11/2005)

Yes

53.2%

No

32.1%

Don’t know / refuse.

14.7%

Do you think maintaining the calm (ceasefire) between the Palestinians and Israelis until the end of 2005 serves the interests of the Palestinian people? (JMCC, May 2-7, 2005)

It will serve the interests of the Palestinian people
65.2
I don't think it's good for the Palestinians
29.6
No answer
5.2

Do you agree or disagree for the security services using force against those who oppose ceasefire as stipulated in Cairo dialogue?(JMCC, May 2-7, 2005)

I agree
38.5
I disagree
54.6
No answer
6.9

Some believe that a two-state formula is the favored solution for the Arab-Israeli conflict, while others believe that historic Palestine cannot be divided and thus the favored solution is a bi-national state on all of Palestine wherein Palestinians and Israelis enjoy equal representation and rights. Which of these solutions do you prefer? (JMCC, May 2-7, 2005)

Two-state solution: an Israeli and a Palestinian
54.0
Bi-national state on all of historic Palestine
27.3
One Palestinian state
*7.8
Islamic state
*3.1
Others
0.3
There are no solution
5.1
Don't know \ no answer
2.4

*The question was an open-ended one

Do you accept any final settlement between Palestinians and Israelis that would compromise any one of the following issues? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies, An-Najah National University, March 16-18, 2005)

 
Yes
No
Other
East Jerusalem as the Capital of the Palestinian state
3.8%
95.5%
0.7%
The right of return of Palestinian refugees
5.7%
93.4%
1.0%
The creation of an independent Palestinian state in the 1967 borders
7.4%
90.3%
2.3%
Sovereignty over borders and ports
6.6%
90.3%
3.1%
The removal of settlements from within the 1967 borders
8.8%
88.8%
2.4%
The right of water
7.4%
91.2%
1.4%
Releasing all Palestinian prisoners
5.5%
93.4%
1.0%

Under the current circumstances, do you believe that the coming Palestinian president will be capable of performing the following tasks? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies, An-Najah National University, March 16-18, 2005)

 
Yes
No
Other
Fighting corruption within the public institutions
69.0
25.2
5.8
Unifying the Palestinian security apparatuses
75.1
18.1
6.7
Imposing the rule of law
71.5
21.8
6.8
Putting an end to the chaotic use of arms
54.8
36.5
8.7
Protecting the subjects of Palestinian resistance
40.9
48.8
10.3
Putting an end to nepotism and mediation in appointments
51.9
40.4
7.7
Providing personal security for Palestinian people
57.4
33.8
8.8
Improving the economic situation
76.2
17.4
6.4
Reducing poverty and unemployment
68.4
23.1
8.5

Do you think that the coming president will continue to adhere to the unalienable rights of Palestinian people? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies, An-Najah National University, March 16-18, 2005)

 
Yes
No
Other
East Jerusalem as the Capital of the Palestinian state
76.0
18.1
5.8
The right of return of Palestinian refugees
69.5
23.1
7.4
The creation of an independent Palestinian state in the 1967 borders
70.3
22.8
6.9
Sovereignty over borders and ports
65.7
26.3
8.0
The removal of settlements from within the 1967 borders
61.9
30.3
7.8
The right of water
67.0
25.5
6.9

Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future of the Palestinian people in the coming years? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies, An-Najah National University, March 16-18, 2005)

I am optimistic
51.1
I am pessimistic
24.3
I am neither optimistic nor pessimistic
22.4
No opinion / I do not know
2.2

Do you believe that the current US administration will force Israel to withdraw to the 1967 borders, so that a Palestinian state will be created in these borders? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies, An-Najah National University, March 16-18, 2005)

The US administration will force Israel to a complete withdrawal
5.5%
The US administration will force Israel to withdraw from some areas
20.7%
It will not force Israel to withdraw; Israel will decide the size of its withdrawal
70.3%
No opinion / I do not know
3.5%

The American president declared more than once that he is committed to his vision of the creation of a Palestinian state; do you believe that he is faithful in his declaration? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies, An-Najah National University, March 16-18, 2005)

Yes, he is
4.4%
No, he isn't
90.9%
No opinion / I do not know
4.8%

If an agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis on a new ceasefire is reached, do you support or reject launching rockets at settlements built on the lands of the Gaza Strip? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies, An-Najah National University, March 16-18, 2005)

I support
36.5%
I reject
58.8%
No opinion / I do not know
4.63%

Do you support or reject military operations against Israeli targets inside the West Bank and the Gaza Strip only? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies, An-Najah National University, March 16-18, 2005)

I support
61.9%
I reject
32.7%
No opinion / I do not know
5.4%

Do you believe that the Road Map as an agreement is still viable? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies, An-Najah National University, March 16-18, 2005)

I support
19.1%
I reject
73.9%
No opinion / I do not know
7.0%

Do you still support or reject the ongoing peace process between the Palestinians and the Israelis? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies, An-Najah National University, March 16-18, 2005)

I support
57.4%
I reject
38.4%
No opinion / I do not know
4.2%

If Israel is committed to a cessation of its military operations in the West Bank and Gaza, do you support or reject holding a new ceasefire (Hudna) between the Palestinians and the Israelis? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies, An-Najah National University, March 16-18, 2005)

I support
69.0%
I reject
27.9%
No opinion / I do not know
3.2%

Is the current phase suitable or unsuitable for initiating talks that aim at reaching a permanent solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? (Madar, The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies, March 16, 2005)

The current phase is very suitable
34
The current phase is suitable
34
It is not suitable
14
Not suitable at all
15
No response
3

To what extent do you believe the current Palestinian leadership (presided over by Mahmoud Abbas) is either serious or unserious in reaching a permanent solution to the conflict with Israel? (Madar, The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies, March 16, 2005)

It is very serious
11
It is sufficiently serious
47
It is not sufficiently serious
20
It is not serious at all
17
No response
5

Do you agree of disagree with the statement that settlements should not be dismantled even within the frame of a peace agreement? (Madar, The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies, March 16, 2005)

I totally agree
23
I tend to agree
7
I tend to disagree
15
I disagree
51
No response
4

The majority of Palestinians seek the establishment of an independent Palestinian state over the territories occupied by Israel in June 1967. Do you agree or disagree with this solution? (Madar, The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies, March 16, 2005)

I totally agree
13
I tend to agree
21
I tend to disagree
15
I disagree
50
No response
1

To what extent to you agree or disagree with the following statement: I support an Israeli policy that allows the return of Palestinian refugees to the state of Israel? (Madar, The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies, March 16, 2005)

I totally agree
2
I tend to agree
5
I tend to disagree
7
I disagree
84
No response
2

Some believe that the current phase is suitable for reaching a permanent settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Do you think resolving one of the following issues is possible or not possible: Withdrawal to the June 1967 borders, Jerusalem, refugees and dismantling settlements? (Madar, The Palestinian Forum for Israeli Studies, March 16, 2005)

 
Definitely possible
Possible
Not Possible
Definitely not possible
No response
Withdrawal to the June 1967 borders
6
29
22
37
6
Jerusalem
5
26
19
49
1
Refugees
10
24
18
45
3
Dismantlement of Settlements
31
33
11
24
4

In case of an emergence of a new Israeli political party that will adopt establishing a just peace based on a two state solution i.e. Israel and Palestine, do you support or oppose a Palestinian party that will adopt the same agenda in the next Palestinian elections in July? (Palestinian Center for Research and Cultural Dialogue, March 3, 2005)

Strongly support
15.1
Support
33.2
Oppose
28.4
Strongly oppose
17.1
No opinion
6.3

Do you think that the Sharm El Sheikh summit will be a beginning to the peace process and will bring security and peace for both Israelis and Palestinians? (Palestinian Center for Research and Cultural Dialogue, March 3, 2005)

Yes
40.1
No
50.0
No opinion / I do not know
9.9

Do you or not believe that a non-violent massive movement against the Israeli occupation will make Palestinians achieve their independence? (Palestinian Center for Research and Cultural Dialogue, March 3, 2005)

Strongly believe
21.0
Believe
37.6
Do not believe
26.3
Strongly do not believe
9.3
No opinion
5.8

The Geneva initiative mainly calls for a two state solution, Jerusalem as a capital for the two states i.e. Israel and Palestine, and an agreed solution on the refugees problem. Do you support or oppose this initiative? (Palestinian Center for Research and Cultural Dialogue, March 3, 2005)

Strongly support
20.7
Support
30.0
Oppose
25.6
Strongly oppose
20.1
Do not know\no opinion
3.6

How do you evaluate the performance of Abu Mazin at Sharm El-Sheikh summit? (PCPO, February 15, 2005)

Very good
19.9
Good
38.6
Middling (fair)
22.2
Bad
8.8
Very bad
9.0
Don't know
1.5

President Abu Mazin issued a decree to the effect of deploying Palestinian forces all over the border areas between Gaza Strip and Israel. Do you support this decree or not? (PCPO, February 15, 2005)

Yes, I support it
64.2
No, I don't support it
32.5
Don't know
3.3

Negotiations are held nowadays between the Palestinian Authority and the government of Israel with the target to reach agreements on various issues. Do you support these negotiations or not? (PCPO, February 15, 2005)

I support them
66.0
I don't support them
30.5
No opinion
3.5

Do you think that the intensity of violence between the Palestinians and the Israelis will increase, decrease or will remain unchanged in case progress in the implementation of the Roadmap is shown? (PCPO, February 15, 2005)

Will highly increase
11.1
Will somewhat increase
20.5
Will somewhat decrease
34.4
Will very much decrease
18.9
Will remain unchanged
13.3
Don't know
1.8

In the present situation of not achieving yet an agreement of a durable peace, do you agree or disagree with an open market and joint economical projects between Israel and the Palestinians? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, December 30, 2004)

Strongly agree
20.0%
Somewhat agree
37.0%
Somewhat disagree
17.3%
Strongly disagree
20.7%
Don't know
5.0%

Looking back to fifty one months from the outbreak of Al-Aqsa Intifada; do you think that the Intifada was of great advantage or disadvantage to your economical interests? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, December 30, 2004)

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza Strip
Was of great advantage
14.4
16.9
9.5
Was somewhat of advantage
24.9
27.9
18.9
Was somewhat of disadvantage
22.2
21.0
24.4
Was of great disadvantage
33.3
29.3
41.0
Refuse to answer / Don't' know
5.3
4.8
6.2

Would you increase or decrease your support of the Intifada if Israel continued imposing economical siege and the security belt on the Palestinian territories? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion)

 
2/03
4/14/03
10/18/04
11/27/04
Would increase support
35.9%
28.4%
38.4%
41.1%
Would decrease support
21.7%
21.6%
40.2%
38.9%
No difference
24.5%
21.3%
21.4%
20.0%

To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement: "Mutual cooperation and joint projects between all nations of the region, including Israelis and Palestinians, in areas such as water, health, environment, tourism etc. - should start as soon as possible, now even before final peace agreements are reached"? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion)

 
9/30/03
11/27/03
3/2/04
10/18/04
2/22/05
7/16/05
8/13/05
Strongly agree
15.7%
11.0%
13.5%
13.5%
13.5%
15.9%
26.7%
somewhat agree
35.1%
42.8%
55.2%
35.0%
55.2%
51.0%
45.1%
somewhat disagree
12.1%
21.5%
16.3%
20.6%
16.3%
17.3%
14.3%
Strongly disagree
24.6%
18.3%
10.2%
21.0%
10.2%
9.5%
11.5%
don't know
12.5%
6.4%
4.8%
9.9%
4.8%
6.3%
2.4%

And in the present situation whilst permanent peace agreement has not yet been reached - do you support or reject an open market and joint economic projects between Israel and the Palestinians? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion)

 
03/03/04
11/27/04
2/22/05
3/2/05
7/16/05
8/13/05
Definitely support
10.0%
15.9%
16.1%
16.1%
13.7%
26.8%
Somewhat support
44.1%
35.4%
48.0%
48.0%
51.2%
38.9%
Somewhat reject
17.6%
18.0%
18.1%
18.1%
16.9%
20.9%
Definitely reject
16.7%
23.2%
13.8%
13.8%
11.3%
10.5%
don't know
11.6%
7.5%
4.0%
4.0%
6.9%
2.9%

Which type of elections do you support? (Center of Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at Najah National University, November 19-20, 2004).

Presidential only
14.6%
Presidential and legislative simultaneously
59.3%
Presidential elections with an assigned date for legislative elections
21.1%
No Opinion/DK
5.1%

If presidential elections only are to be held, will you participate in such elections? (Center of Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at Najah National University, November 19-20, 2004).

Yes, I will
67.0%
No, I will not
20.3%
I will decide then
11.8%
No Opinion/DK
1.3%

If some political organizations decide not to participate in the presidential elections, will you abide by their decision? (Center of Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at Najah National University, November 19-20, 2004).

Yes, I will
30.5%
No, I will not
46.7%
I will decide then
21.0%
No Opinion/DK
1.8%

Do you see it necessary for all political factions to participate in elections for the president only? (Center of Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at Najah National University, November 19-20, 2004).

Yes
75.4%
No
21.8%
No Opinion/DK
2.8%

Do you see it necessary that a legislative election be held simultaneously with a presidential election? (Center of Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at Najah National University, November 19-20, 2004).

Yes
75.6%
No
21.0%
No Opinion/DK
3.4%

In general, do you see that legislative elections.... (Center of Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at Najah National University, November 19-20, 2004).

be held immediately after the presidential elections
30.3%
be held simultaneously with the presidential elections
54.4%
are not necessary at the present time
11.5%
No Opinion/DK
3.8%

In general, do you trust the present legislative council members? (Center of Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at Najah National University, November 19-20, 2004).

Yes
13.7%
Some of them
45.1%
None of them
46.6%
No Opinion/DK
4.6%

Do you think that the coming elections, whether they are presidential or legislative, will be honest and fair? (Center of Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at Najah National University, November 19-20, 2004).

Yes
47.9%
No
34.4%
No Opinion/DK
17.6%

Now that Arafat is dead, do you support or appose the formation of a united national government after conducting presidential elections if some Palestinian factions refuse to participate in these elections? (Center of Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at Najah National University, November 19-20, 2004).

I support
87.2%
I oppose
11.0%
No Opinion/DK
1.8%

If Israel does not set Marwan Al Barghouthi free, which of the following personalities do you vote for as a president of the Palestinian Authority? (Center of Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at Najah National University, November 19-20, 2004).

Abdul Sattar Qassim
4.3%
Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen)
24.2%
Mustafa Al Barghouthi
9.8%
Talal Sidder
1.7%
Ahmad Qurai
4.0%
I will decide then
48.2%
Others
7.9%

Do you believe that Ahmad Qurai is fully capable of performing the duties of a prime minister? (Center of Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at Najah National University, November 19-20, 2004).

Yes
30.0%
No
56.6%
No Opinion/DK
13.4%

Do you think that Mahmoud Abbas (Abu-Mazen) is capable of managing the PLO affairs? (Center of Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at Najah National University, November 19-20, 2004).

Yes
45.1%
No
41.6%
No Opinion/DK
13.3%

If Israel prevents East Jerusalem residents from participation in the elections, do you support or oppose conducting elections without the participation of East Jerusalem residents? (Center of Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at Najah National University, November 19-20, 2004).

I support
32.7%
I oppose
63.2%
No Opinion/DK
4.1%

Which of the following presidential candidates do you vote for? (Center of Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at Najah National University, November 19-20, 2004).

An independent candidate
12.9%
A Fateh candidate
34.3%
A Hamas candidate
11.5%
A leftist candidate
4.2%
I will decide then
34.5%
Others
2.6%

What do you think that the coming president of the Palestinian Authority will do? (Center of Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at Najah National University, November 19-20, 2004).

He will keep the same old team that worked with President Arafat
9.3%
He will replace the old team with a new one.
34.1%
He will keep some of the members of the old team.
44.0%
Others
0.4%
No Opinion/DK
12.2%

To which extent are you grieved about the death of president Yassir Arafat? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, November 13 - 16, 2004)

very much grieved
67.2%
somewhat grieved
20.9%
somewhat unconcerned
5.8%
very much unconcerned
2.7%
no opinion
3.4%

Mr. Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazin) is elected Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Are you satisfied with that, or not? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, November 13 - 16, 2004)

very much satisfied
37.9%
somewhat satisfied
21.4%
somewhat dissatisfied
8.9%
very much dissatisfied
25.5%
no opinion
6.7%

Mr. Ruhi Fattuh is elected President of the Palestinian Authority for a limited period of 60 days in accordance with the Palestinian constitution. Are you satisfied with that, or not? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, November 13 - 16, 2004)

very much satisfied
45.3%
somewhat satisfied
32.8%
somewhat dissatisfied
7.8%
very much dissatisfied
12.5%
no opinion
9.6%

Having in the background the absence of President Yassir Arafat, do you support or not support the Palestinian organizations in a unilateral declaration of the truce? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion)

 
11/4-8/04
11/13-16/04
Support
26.6%
45.0%
Don't support
59.6%
46.6%
Don't know
13.8%
8.4%

Having in the background the absence of President yassir Arafat, who is the Palestinian personality capable - according to your opinion - of leading the Palestinian authority? (Open question) (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion)

 
11/4-8/04
11/13-16/04
Mahmoud Abbas "Abu Mazen"
35.6%
27.0%
Marwan Bargouthi
8.5%
15.2%
Farouq El-Qaddoumi
3.2%
14.5%
Tayyeb Abdel Raheem
2.2%
11.1%
Ahmad Qrei'
20.5%
10.3%
Mohammad Dahlan
5.3%
2.4%
Mustafa Barghouthi
3.6%
3.6%
Jibreel Rjoub
0.9%
3.0%
Saeb Ereikat
2.9%
0.9%
Ruhi Fattuh
2.6%

*Only top 10 displayed

Do you think that the absence of President Yassir Arafat would lead to a void in the Palestinian Authority? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion)

 
11/4-8/04
11/13-16/04
Yes
46.6%
69.3%
To some extent
39.0%
20.9%
No
11.0%
6.4%
Don't know
3.4%
4.2%

In the light of President Arafat's absence, are you optimistic or pessimistic towards the future? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion)

 
11/4-8/04
11/13-16/04
Optimistic
19.4%
31.4%
Pessimistic
59.7%
56.3%
Don't know
20.9%
12.3%

Having the absence of President Yassir Arafat in the background, to which degree you think is the security-political situation worrisome? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion)

 
11/4-8/04
11/13-16/04
Very worrisome
37.0%
30.9%
Worrisome
32.1%
37.6%
Not so worrisome
20.5%
22.7%
Not worrisome at all
5.9%
3.3%
Don't know
4.5%
5.5%

Don't you think that it is high time now that Israel removes the check-points as a sign of good will to push the peace process forward? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, November 4 - 8, 2004)

Yes, I think
65.8%
No, I don't think
20.2%
Don't know
14.0%

Do you think that the present stage requires the opening of a new page in the relations between the different Palestinian factions and movements? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion)

 
11/4-8/04
11/13-16/04
Yes, I think
73.3%
85.0%
No, I don't think
16.2%
46.6%
Don't know
10.5%
8.4%

Do you think that the triumph of the American president George Bush over his rival, Mr. John Kerry, will serve or not serve the peace in the region? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, November 4 - 8, 2004)

will serve peace
8.7%
will serve peace to a certain extent
21.9%
will not serve peace
61.4%
no opinion
8.0%

Please express the degree of your support to Mr. Ahmed Qureia (Abu Al-Ala'), the Palestinian Prime-Minister. (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, November 4 - 8, 2004)

I Strongly support him
10.4%
I Somewhat support him
30.6%
I Somewhat don't
24.2%
I Strongly don't support him
26.0%
no opinion
8.8%

The Israeli parliament (Knesset) approved last week Sharon's plan of the unilateral withdrawal from Gaza Strip. What do you think is the target of this plan? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, November 4 - 8, 2004)

Withdrawal of the Israeli armed forces from Gaza and dismantling the Jewish settlements there as a first step would lead to a second route, which may revive the peace process.
16.9%
Freezing the peace process and undermining the Geneva Accord as to deviate from the international pressure imposed upon Israel for its approval.
38.3%
Partial withdrawal from Gaza strip and deployment of the Israeli armed forces around Gaza strip and the West Bank.
32.8%
no opinion
12.0%

The Palestinian Legislative Council has carried out on 21.10.2004 a reading followed by an amendment of the Women's Quota paragraph, which grants both genders 20%-quota of the seats in the local and municipal elections. Are you with or against this amendment? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, November 4 - 8, 2004)

with
41.8%
Against
35.2%
Don't know
23.0%

Do you think that the Palestinians are obliged to waive their claims to the right of Home-return, which Israel will never agree to, as the price of establishing an independent state for them and the conclusion of a peace agreement with Israel? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, November 4 - 8, 2004)

The Palestinians have to accept that
15.0%
The Palestinians shouldn't accept that, even if consequently no peace agreement would be concluded with Israel.
72.2%
No opinion
12.8%

Don't you think that the success of the American president George Bush in scoring a second presidential term would grant him more liberty in dealing with the issue of the Israeli-Arab conflict, or not? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, November 4 - 8, 2004)

I think so
26.6%
I don't think so
46.3%
I don't know
27.1%

The American president George Bush is elected for a second term as president of the United States of America. Are you pleased for that? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, November 4 - 8, 2004)

very pleased
4.3%
considerable pleased
11.7%
not so much
15.3%
not at all
39.9%
don't care
28.8%

In case the Palestinian leadership would accept the waiver of the right of Home-return and replace that with financial compensation. Would you accept or refuse that? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, November 4 - 8, 2004)

would accept that
13.0%
would refuse that
78.6%
no opinion
8.4%

Do you think that it's the right of the Palestinians and Israelis to live in peace and security, or not? (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, November 4 - 8, 2004)

Yes
54.7%
No
28.8%
Don't know
16.5%

Do you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose, or strongly oppose the notion that says that the political process (i.e. peace process) is the best thing we can get under current conditions (i.e. international changes): (Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, November 4 - 8, 2004)

Strongly agree
16.8%
Somewhat agree
40.3%
Somewhat disagree
17.6%
Strongly disagree
13.8%
Do not know
11.5%

Do you believe that Ahmad Qurai' is capable of managing the affairs of the Palestinian National Authority? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies, An Najah National University, November 3-5, 2004)

Yes
28.4%
No
59.8%
No Opinion/DK
11.8%

Do you believe that Mahmoud Abbas is capable of managing the affairs of the PLO? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies, An Najah National University, November 3-5, 2004)

Yes
42.9%
No
41.9%
No Opinion/DK
15.1%

Do you believe that the institutions of the Palestinian Authority are capable of filling in the administrative and security gap in the present situation? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies, An Najah National University, November 3-5, 2004)

Yes
42.0%
No
51.3%
No Opinion/DK
6.8%

What position does Palestinian organizations take towards the current situation? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies, An Najah National University, November 3-5, 2004)

Positive
42.1%
Negative
29.0%
No position
21.3%
No Opinion/DK
7.6%

What, in you opinion, is the best choice that guarantees a stable internal situation? (Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies, An Najah National University, November 3-5, 2004)

The formation of a united national leadership
31.3%
The formation of an emergency government
10.9%
Leaving the current situation as it is without any changes
4.7%
A collective leadership from among the qualified people who are not involved in corruption
32.8%
A collective leadership including the PLC Chair, PNC Chair, the Prime Minister and the Secretary of the PLO's executive committee
8.0%
No Opinion/DK
7.6%

 


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