Palestinian Poll July 2007: Most Palestinians vote for Fatah Representatives, believe PM Fayyad can improve situation in WB

Palestinian Poll July 2007: Most Palestinians vote for Fatah Representatives, believe PM Fayyad can improve situation in WB
Date: 31.07.07
The new survey finds that a majority of Palestinians from both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip would participate in elections and would vote for Fatah representatives in both presidential and legislative elections.

Palestinian Public Opinion Poll
Conducted on July 25th-27th 2007

A sample of 1361 Palestinians whose age group is 18 and above and who have the right to vote participated in the survey. The enclosed questionnaire was distributed to 861 persons from the West Bank and 500 persons from the Gaza Strip. The sample was drawn randomly, the margin of error is ±3%; a total of 3.4% of the individuals sampled refused to answer the questionnaire.
Findings:

• 75.9% of respondents said that they will participate in the coming presidential elections. From among those who said they will participate, 55.3% said that they will give their votes to Fateh's candidate; 15.8% said they will give their votes to Hamas' candidate.

• 74.6% of respondents said that they will participate in the coming legislative elections. From among those who said they will participate, 54.4% said that they will give their votes to Fateh's candidates; 16.4% said they will give their votes to Hamas' candidates.

• 60.2% of respondents believed that Salam Fayyad's government is capable of putting an end to the chaotic security situation in the West Bank.
• 72.4% of respondents supported the notion that arms should only be in the hands of the members of the security apparatuses.

• 41.3% of respondents considered Salam Fayyad's government formed by Mahmoud Abbas the legitimate government that represents them; 22.3% considered Ismael Hanyieh's government the legitimate one that represents them.

• 53.4% of respondents believed that the security conditions were better before Hamas took hold of the Strip; 39.9% believed the contrary.

• 60.8% of respondents expressed fear that what happened in the Gaza Strip will be transferred to the West Bank.

• 68% of respondents said that they are pessimistic of the general Palestinian situation at this stage.

• 80.9% of respondents said that they neither feel safe for themselves nor for their families and properties under the current circumstances.