Palestinian Public Opinion Polls:
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(2011 - Present)


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Do you hold favorable or unfavorable opinions toward ...
             (Pew Research, May 2013)

 
Favorable
Unfavorable
Mahmoud Abbas
61%
34%
Fatah
69%
27%
Hamas
48%
45%
Islamic Jihad
56%
35%

 

Jerusalem Media and Communications Center (March 2013)

Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with Mahmoud Abbas as president to the Palestinian National Authority?

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza
Very Satisfied
20.3%
20.4%
20%
Somewhat Satisfied
32.7%
32.3%
33.3%
Somewhat Dissatisfied
15%
14.7%
15.6%
Very Dissatisfied
28.8%
28.8%
28.6%
No Answer
3.2%
3.8%
2.5%

What do you think should be the future of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA)?

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza
Dissolve the PNA
24.8%
27.5%
20%
Perpetuate & Maintain the PNA
71.7%
68%
78.1%
Don't Know/No Answer
3.5%
4.5%
1.9%

If PLC elections were to take place today, which of the following parites would you vote for?

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza
Hamas
20.6%
17.1%
26.7%
Fatah
42.6%
41.7%
44.2%
Other
9.2%
8.8%
9.8%
Won't Vote
22.6%
26.3%
16.3%
No Answer
5%
6.1%
3%

Should Hamas and Fatah pursue national reconciliation even if this would lead to sanctions by Israel and the US?

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza
Yes, Pursue Reconciliation
90.3%
88.9%
92.8%
No, Do Not Pursue
5.2%
4.4%
6.5%
Don't Know/No Answer
4.5%
6.7%
0.7%

Which side should be more blamed for the persisting division and failure of efforts between Fatah and Hamas?

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza
Hamas
28.6%
26.2%
32.8%
Fatah
19.8%
20.4%
18.6%
Others
5.4%
4.5%
7%
Equal Blame
22.3%
22.4%
22.1%
Israel
6.9%
6.3
7.9%
Don't Know/No Answer
17%
20.2%
11.6%

Do you think Fatah and Hamas are pursuing national interest or their own interests by not reconciling?

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza
Acting in National Interests
34.1%
29.9%
41.4%
Acting in their Own Interests
59.5%
62.9%
53.7%
Don't Know/No Answer
6.4%
7.2%
4.9%

Do you support to reform the PLO in order to include all relevant parties?

 
Total
West Bank
Gaza
Support PLO Reform
87.5%
86.8%
88.8%
Do Not Support Reform
7.7%
7.5%
8.1%
No Answer
4.8%
5.7%
3.1%

In general, what is the best method to achieve the Palestinian people’s goals of ending the occupation and establishing a state?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza

Peaceful negotiations

36.8

40.6

30.2

Armed resistance (armed Intifada)

25.4

20.3

34.2

Non-violent resistance (peaceful Popular Intifada)

30.4

30.6

30.2

Other

2.8

2.0

4.2

Don’t know \ No answer

4.6

6.5

1.2

The PA is going through a financial crisis that has escalated over the past few months to the point that salaries are not regularly paid to its employees. Who do you think is responsible for this crisis? Israel or the PNA?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza

Israel, because it does not transfer tax returns

48.9

41.4

62.1

The PA

14.9

20.2

5.8

Israel and the PA

34.2

36.3

30.5

Don’t know \ No answer

2.0

2.1

1.6

Lately, PA employee strikes have been on the rise such as teachers and health workers. What do you think of this? Do you support these strikes and believe they are right or do you think they are exaggerated and harmful?

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza

I support these strikes and think they are right

59.5

56.5

64.7

They are exaggerated and harmful

37.1

39.5

32.8

Don’t know

2.5

2.7

2.1

No answer

0.9

1.3

0.4

Which Palestinian personality do you trust the most?*

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza

Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen)

23.9

24.6

22.8

Ismail Haniyeh

12.9

9.1

19.5

Marwan Barghouthi

6.0

5.6

6.7

Khaled Mish’al

3.9

3.9

4.0

Others

14.3

11.9

18.6

I don’t trust anyone

31.7

35.6

24.9

No answer

7.3

9.3

3.5


*This was an open-ended question no options were read to the interviewee

 

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%

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