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Sunday, March 25, 2007
An-Najah Poll of Palestinians: Arab Initiative not solution 55.1%:26.9%, Concentrate "resistance" inside Green Line 68.2%:25.8%, 41.7% of Gazans would consider leaving if could live overseas

An-Najah National University
Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies
Tel: (972) (9) 2345113 Fax: (972)(9) 2345982
Nablus - Palestinian: P.O.Box 7, 707
Email: Polls@najah.edu hussein596@yahoo.com

Results of Palestinian Public Opinion Poll No 26
21-23 March 2007

Following are the results of the 26th Palestinian Public Opinion Poll
conducted by the Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah
National University during the period from March 21-23, 2007. The University
sponsors all polls conducted by its Center.

1 Are you optimistic or pessimistic towards the general Palestinian
situation at this stage?
53.8%-Optimistic
42.6%-Pessimistic
3.6%-No opinion/I do not know

2 Under the current situation, do you feel that you, your family and your
properties are secure?
13.6%-Yes
36.5%-To some extent I do
49.6%-No
0.4%-No opinion/I do not know

3 Under the current circumstances, in which direction has your economic
situation developed?
7.6%-Towards the best
62.2%-Towards the worst
30.2%-It stayed the same

In your opinion how did security conditions develop within the last months?
13.2%-Towards the best
62.8%-Towards the worst
22.1%-It stayed the same
1.9%-No opinion/I do not know

What is your top priority at this stage? (Choose only one)
49.4%-Putting an end to the security mayhem
18.5%-Creating job opportunities
7.6%-Uplifting check points
17.5%-Solving the problem of salaries
2.9%-Improving public health services
2.7%-Improving public education
1%-Others
0.4%-No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that the Mecca Accord ended differences between Fateh and Hamas
completely?
16.8%-Yes
48.8%-No
31.1%-May be
3.3%-No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that the Mecca Accord established a real partnership between
all Palestinian political powers?
45.5%-Yes
43.9%-No
10.6%-No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that Hamas is really concerned with the success of a unity
government?
61.2%-Yes
27.6%-No
11.3%-No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that Fateh is really concerned with the success of a unity
government?
55.5%-Yes
35%-No
9.5%-No opinion/I do not know

Hamas promised to introduce reform to Palestinian ministries. Do you think
that it did?
28.3%-Yes
62.2%-No
9.5%-No opinion/I do not know

How do you assess the performance of the Hamas-led Palestinian government
within a year of its work?
36.2%-Good
55%-Bad
8.8%-No opinion/I do not know

There are those who say that Hamas, while in charge of the government,
practiced employment on the basis of political affiliation. Do you agree?
47.1%-Yes
41.2%-No
11.8%-No opinion/I do not know

During the year in which Hamas was in charge of the Palestinian government,
do you think that it succeeded in managing Palestinian affairs?
25.1%-It succeeded
68.1%-It failed
6.8%-No opinion/I do not know

Do you think Hamas' agreement to participate in a new government which has
ministers who were accused of corruption forms a retreat from the movement's
elections program which raised the slogan of "change and reform".
48.9%-Yes, it is a retreat
40.4%-No, it is not a retreat.
10.7%-No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that Hamas gave up many of its slogans that it raised during
the elections campaign after agreeing to participate in a national unity
government?
51.9%-Yes
39.9%-No
8.2%-No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that Hamas preferred to go into the political peace process at
the expense of resistance?
53.8%-Yes
37.7%-No
8.5%-No opinion/I do not know

Do you consider Hamas' agreement to respect international resolutions and
treaties that were signed with Israel a recognition of Israel?
41.6%-Yes
50.1%-No
8.3%-No opinion/I do not know

Do you consider Khalid Mishal's declaration in which he said that Israel has
become an imposed reality a recognition of Israel?
48.4%-Yes
44.9%-No
6.8%-No opinion/I do not know

Do you consider Ismael Haniya's declaration in which he said that he would
accept the creation of a Palestinian state on the 1967 occupied territories
a recognition of Israel.
45.8%-Yes
46.7%-No
7.5%-No opinion/I do not know

Ayman Al-Thawahri accused the leadership of Hamas of "handing in" most of
the area of Palestine to Israel and "selling" the Palestinian cause. He also
said that Hamas uses Shari'a to keep hold of the government, that it
ransacked the rights of Islamic people, that it retreated by agreeing to
respect international resolutions and that its position follows the steps of
Anwar Sadat, the former Egyptian president.

Do you think that Al-Thawahri's declarations will influence the popularity
of Hamas among Palestinians?
22.1%-It will have a positive influence
55%-It will have a negative influence
22.9%-No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that Al-Thawahri's declarations will influence the popularity
of Hamas among Arabs and Muslims?
22.6%-It will have a positive influence
54.1%-It will have a negative influence
23.3%-No opinion/I do not know

Do you consider the Arab Initiative for Peace which was launched in the
Beirut summit conference of 2002 forms a solution for the Arab-Israeli
conflict?
26.9%-Yes
55.1%-No
18%-No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that the Israeli measures (such as incursions and check points)
after the formation of the unity government will--------------?
40.7%-Increase
17%-Decrease
35.4%-Remain the same
6.9%-No opinion/I do not know

Are you content with the formation of the unity government?
79.9%-I am content
16.4%-I am not content.
3.8%-No opinion/I do not know

Do you see that the Palestinian unity government has to recognize the
conditions of the Quartet including the recognition of Israel?
39.4%-Yes
52.1%-No
8.5%-No opinion/I do not know

In your opinion, do you believe that the Palestinian unity government is
capable of maintaining a solid position before the international conditions?
53.8%-Yes
34.3%-No
11.8%-No opinion/I do not know

Do you support or reject that the role of the future government be limited
to providing services to people without having anything to do with the
political affairs?
27.1%-I support
66.3%-I reject
6.6%-No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that the Palestinian unity government is capable of solving the
problem of salaries?
69.6%-Yes
20.8%-No
9.6%-No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that employees should give the Palestinian unity government the
chance to secure their salaries?
80.2%-Yes
16.5%-No
3.3%-No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that the corruption in the PA's institutions will decrease or
increase through the passage of time?
26.5%-It will increase
27.1%-It will stay the same
38.1%-It will decrease
8.3%-No opinion/I do not know

What is your assessment of the performance of the Executive Force?
32.4%-Good
53.7%-Bad
13.9%-No opinion/I do not know

In your point of view how should the new government behave towards the
Executive Force?
61.9%-Integrate it with the security apparatuses
30.4%-Dissolve it
7.6%-No opinion/I do not know

Do support or reject giving the responsibilities of negotiations with Israel
to the PLO only?
51.5%-I support
42.4%-I reject
6.2%-No opinion/I do not know

Do you support or reject the reformation of the PLO so that it would include
all nonmember Palestinian factions?
80.1%-I support
14%-I reject
5.8%-No opinion/I do not know

If new presidential elections are conducted, whom do you vote for?
35.8%-For a Fateh candidate
20.4%-For a Hamas candidate
4.5%-For a candidate from the left
16.8%-For an independent candidate
22.5%-No opinion/I do not know

If new PLC elections are conducted, whom do you vote for?
35.4%-For a Fateh candidate
23.2%-For a Hamas candidate
5.1%-For a candidate from the left
16.3%-For an independent candidate
20.1%-No opinion/I do not know
100%-

Do you support or reject concentrating Palestinian resistance within the
1967 borders alongside with political negotiations?
24.5%-I strongly support
43.7%-I support
22.4%-I reject
3.4%-I strongly reject
6.1%-No opinion/I do not know

Do support or reject firing rockets by Palestinian factions from the Strip
against Israel?
19.7%-I strongly support
29.9%-I support
37.5%-I reject
9%-I strongly reject
3.9%-No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that firing rockets from the Gaza Strip against Israel hurts or
helps Palestinian national struggle?
32.9%-It helps
40.4%-It hurts
20.8%-It is useless
6%-No opinion/I do not know

In your opinion what are the priorities of the future government?
(Give your preferences on a 0-10 scale)
8.8735-Imposing order on local security conditions
8.7397-Creating job opportunities
8.5118-Improving the economic conditions and encouraging investments
8.4926-Upgrading public health services
8.5022-Upgrading public education services
8.239-Carrying out court verdicts
8.0324-Improving the performance of local councils (municipalities)
8.2831-Restructuring security apparatuses

In general how do you assess the performance of the following Palestinian
institutions?
Very Good
60.4%-Palestinian Presidency
49.9%-Palestinian Government
45.1%-Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC)
38.4%-Judicial system
40%-Security apparatuses
70.2%-Palestinian universities

Under your current circumstances, do you think of emigrating to another
country?
29.4%-Yes(34.1% in Gaza)
69.9%-No
0.7%-No opinion/I do not know

If proper conditions are made available to you to live outside Palestine,
will you think of emigrating?
33.1%-Yes (41.7% in Gaza)
65.7%-No
1.2%-No opinion/I do not know

What is the main cause that would make you think of emigrating?
28.7%-Lack of security
45.9%-The poor economic situation
8.5%-Fear of a civil war
13.4%-The absence of a possible political breakthrough that would give some
hope
3.6%-No opinion/I do not know

The government has made work in public institutions five days per week. Are
you in favor of this decision?
58.6%-Yes
35.2%-No
6.2%-No opinion/I do not know

hich day do you prefer to be off in addition to Friday?
54.3%-Thursday
15.7%-Saturday
22.3%-Either one; no difference
7.6%-No opinion/I do not know

Which of the following political affiliations do you support?
%-PARTY
0.9%-People's Party
1.1%-Democratic Front
3.3%-Islamic Jihad
35.3%-Fateh
21%-Hamas
0.3%-Fida
3%-Popular Front
0.7%-Palestinian National Initiative
7.2%-I am an independent nationalist
3.8%-I am an independent Islamist
22.1%-None of the above
1.3%-Others

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