February 2009 Palestinian Public Opinion Poll: 73.6% of Palestinians support peace negotiations with Israel

Palestinian Polls
Tuesday, 10 February 2009
February 2009 Palestinian Public Opinion Poll: 73.6% of Palestinians support peace negotiations with Israel
Date: 04.02.09
Source: Dr. Nabil Kukali

Despite the high support for negotiations, most Palestinians were found to be pessimistic about the future. The poll also found majority support for the current ceasefire between Hamas and Israel.

In the most recent poll prepared by , being conducted during the period January 25th to January 31st 2009 and published by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion (PCPO), a random sample of (673) Palestinian adults (over 18 years old) representing the various demographic specimens in the Palestinian society in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip, were face to face interviewed.

Responses:

Do you strongly favor, somewhat favor, somewhat oppose or strongly oppose peace negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis?

Response

Percentage

1. Strongly favor

20.0

2. Somewhat favor

53.6

3. Somewhat oppose

11.5

4. Strongly oppose

12.7

5. I don't know

2.2

What is your attitude towards a Palestinian-Israeli cease-fire at present?

Response

Percentage

1. Strongly favor

49.3

2. Somewhat favor

38.9

3. Somewhat oppose

5.8

4. Strongly oppose

4.0

5. I don't know

1.9

What do you think, after the Gaza war, would be the best solution to the Palestinian people?

 

Response

Percentage

1. To return to the negotiation table with Israel

21.1

2. To form a government of national unity

46.0

3. To conduct new presidential and PLC elections

37.0

4. To affiliate Gaza Strip to Egypt

1.2

5. To call UN forces to take over the responsibility in Gaza Strip

3.7

 

How would you assess nowadays your attitude or support to Hamas?

Response

Percentage

1. My support increased

25.9

2. My support decreased

12.8

3. My support remained unchanged

14.1

4. My attitude remained unchanged. I'm not a Hamas supporter

47.2

How would you assess nowadays your attitude or support to Fateh?

Response

Percentage

1. My support increased

19.4

2. My support decreased

16.3

3. My support remained unchanged

28.5

4. My attitude remained unchanged. I'm not a Fatah supporter

35.8

Do you think, in general, that Hamas is navigating our country in the right or in the wrong direction ?

Response

Percentage

1. In the right direction

41.7

2. In the wrong direction

51.3

3. I Don't know

7.0

Do you think, in general, that Fateh is navigating our country in the right or in the wrong direction?

Response

Percentage

1. In the right direction

46.0

2. In the wrong direction

46.0

3. I Don't know

8.0

Please mention the name of the Palestinian organization, party, movement or faction you are in favor of / or consider yourself on of its supporters .

Response

Percentage

1. Fatah

40.6

2. Hamas

31.3

3. The popular front for the liberation of Palestine (PFLP)

5.4

4. The Islamic jihad

2.7

5. The Palestinian National Initiative

1.8

6. The democratic front of the liberation of Palestine (DFLP)

1.3

7. People’s party

0.9

8. FIDA

0.7

9. Independents

5.8

10. Refused

5.0

11. None of the above

8.8

If, with the consent of all political powers and parties, new presidential elections would be conducted. For whom would you vote to be the President of the Palestinian Authority ? OPEN QUESTION.

Response

Percentage

1. Ismael Haniyyeh

15.8

2. Marwan Al-Barghouthi

14.4

3. Mahmoud Abbas

12.6

4. Yassir Abed-Rabbu

9.2

5. Khaled Misha'l

8.9

7. Mohammed Dahlan

4.4

8. Mustafa Al-Barghouthi

4.1

9. Salam Fayyad

3.6

10. Aziz El-Duwaik

3.5

11. Mahmoud El-Zahhar

3.3

12. Ahmad Sa’adat

2.2

13. Ramadan Shallah

2.1

14. Qais Abed-Alkareem

0.8

15. Munib Al-Masre

0.6

16. Saeb Ereikat

0.6

17. Bassam Al-Salhi

0.2

18. Independent

5.5

19. Hamas Candidate

1.6

20. Fatah Candidate

0.8

21. None of the above

3.5

22. I don’t know

2.3

In view of the political and economic situations prevailing nowadays in the Palestinian Territories, are you optimistic or pessimistic about the future?

Response

Percentage

1. Pessimistic

61.2

2. Optimistic

33.9

3. Don't know

4.9

How would you assess the general economic situation in the Palestinian Territories?

Response

Percentage

1. Good

2.8

2. Mediocre

24.7

3. Bad

72.0

4. I don't know

0.5

Up to which extent are you worried at present about the subsistence of your family?

Response

Percentage

1. Too much worried

40.7

2. Worried

40.7

3. Not so much worried

12.1

4. No worried at all

4.6

5. Don't know

1.9

What is your main concern at present?

Response

Percentage

1. The job / money

28.6

2. The security

40.5

3. The health

11.5

4. The future

19.4