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Wednesday, February 4, 2009
An-Najah poll of Palestinians: 57.7%:32.6% war on Gaza strengthened Hamas in the West Bank, 39.9%:57.4% support military operations by Palestinian resistance factions after reaching a truce agreement

Do you support military operations by Palestinian resistance factions after
reaching a truce agreement?
39.9% Yes
57.4% No
02.7% No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that the war on Gaza strengthened Hamas in the West Bank?
57.7% Yes
32.6% No
09.7% No opinion/I do not know

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. 37 1-2 February

Following are the results of the Palestinian Public Opinion Poll no. 37
conducted by the Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah
National University during the period from 1-2 February 2009. The University
sponsors all polls conducted by its Center.
Palestinian Public Opinion Poll no. 37 undertakes the current political
realities including the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip and its
consequences, aids allocated for the rebuilding of the Strip, attempts
towards achieving a Palestinian national reconciliation, attempts to restore
truce between Israel and Hamas, the possibility of sending Arab and
international troops to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in addition to
political affiliations and other issues.
The sample included 1361 persons whose age group is 18 and above and who
have the right to vote. The enclosed questionnaire was distributed on 861
persons from the West Bank and 500 persons from the Gaza Strip. The sample
was drawn randomly and the margin of error is about 3%; still 4.1% of the
members of the sample refused to answer the questionnaire.
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The opinions represented in the results reflect those of the study; they do
not, by any means, represent the opinion of An-Najah National University.

Do you think that the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip was a reaction to
the firing of rockets from the Strip?
28.6% Yes
69.1% No
02.3% No opinion/I do not know

Do you support military operations by Palestinian resistance factions after
reaching a truce agreement?
39.9% Yes
57.4% No
02.7% No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that the PLO factions participated in the resistance during the
war on Gaza?
71.1% Yes
21.5% No
07.3% No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that the war on Gaza strengthened Hamas in the West Bank?
57.7% Yes
32.6% No
09.7% No opinion/I do not know

What are your priorities at the present time?
52.6% National reconciliation
34.0% Rebuilding Gaza
12.0% Improving the economic situation
01.4% Others

Do you think that funds secured so far for rebuilding the Gaza Strip are
enough?
27.9% Yes
60.4% No
11.7% No opinion/I do not know

In your opinion to whom raised funds to rebuild the Gaza Strip should be
given?
19.8% To the Palestinian Authority
18.1% To Hamas movement
22.3% To a committee which consists of all factions
13.4% To an independent national committee
02.9% To the Arab League
21.1% To the UNRWA
02.4% Others

Do you think that aids sent to Gaza are being distributed on a biased
factional basis?
45.8% Yes
40.5% No
13.7% No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that aids in the Gaza Strip reach those who rightly deserve
them?
34.9% Yes
49.0% No
16.1% No opinion/I do not know

Who in your opinion is best capable of rebuilding the Gaza Strip?
35.5% Local companies
20.6% Arab companies
17.6% Foreign companies
26.3% Multinational companies

Do you think that the reaction of the Arab public measured up to the
catastrophe in the Gaza Strip?
67.4% Yes
28.7% No
04.0% No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that the reaction of the Islamic public measured up to the
catastrophe in the Gaza Strip?
69.3% Yes
25.3% No
05.4% No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that the reaction of the international public measured up to
the catastrophe in the Gaza Strip?
63.0% Yes
31.2% No
05.8% No opinion/I do not know

After the war on Gaza, do you think that there is a genuine desire among all
concerned parties to end the current Palestinian division?
47.5% Yes
43.3% No
09.2% No opinion/I do not know

After the war on Gaza, do you think that the Palestinian leaderships (Fateh,
Hamas, Jihad, the Left ---etc.) are capable of ending the current
Palestinian division?
54.4% Yes
38.8% No
06.8% No opinion/I do not know

In your opinion, who stands as an obstacle before a Palestinian dialogue?
23.7% Personalities from Fateh and Hamas movements
15.7% Hamas movement
10.9% Fateh movement
13.5% Arab interventions
08.2% Foreign interventions
20.8% Israel
07.1% No opinion/I do not know

After the war on Gaza, do you think that the Palestinian public is ready to
lead a national reconciliation to a success?
60.0% Yes
34.4% No
05.7% No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that Fateh is concerned with a national reconciliation on the
bases of the top national interests of the Palestinian people?
54.4% Yes
37.9% No
07.7% No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that Hamas is concerned with a national reconciliation on the
bases of the top national interests of the Palestinian people?
48.6% Yes
42.8% No
08.7% No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that Fateh contributed to the widening of the Palestinian
internal rift?
48.9% Yes
41.7% No
09.4% No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that Hamas contributed to the widening of the Palestinian
internal rift?
62.8% Yes
28.5% No
08.7% No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip increased the
possibility of the separation of the Gaza Strip from the West Bank?
56.9% Yes
37.3% No
05.7% No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that the new US administration under Obama is serious in its
endeavors to achieve peace in the Middle East?
24.0% Yes
62.5% No
13.5% No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that Hamas should accept a truce for one year and a half?
64.3% Yes
27.6% No
08.2% No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that the suggested truce will hold for long in the future?
20.0% Yes
68.7% No
11.3% No opinion/I do not know

Who is the biggest beneficiary from a truce between Israel and Hamas in the
Gaza Strip?
34.1% Israel
17.1% Hamas
43.0% Citizens in the Gaza Strip?
05.8% No opinion/I do not know

In your opinion, who emerged victorious in the last war on the Gaza Strip?
13.4% Israel
31.6% Hamas
23.1% The Palestinian factions
29.6% No one
02.3% No opinion/I do not know

Do you support or reject the entrance of Arab forces to the Gaza Strip?
51.7% I support
44.9% I reject
03.5% No opinion/I do not know

Do you support or reject the entrance of Arab forces to the West Bank?
26.7% I support
69.4% I reject
04.0% No opinion/I do not know

Do you support or reject the entrance of international forces to the Gaza
Strip?
66.3% I support
31.2% I reject
02.6% No opinion/I do not know

Do you support or reject the entrance of international forces to the West
Bank?
31.0% I support
75.2% I reject
03.8% No opinion/I do not know

How do you assess media coverage of the war on the Gaza Strip?
68.3% Good
21.9% Fair
08.2% Bad
01.5% No opinion/I do not know

Are you in favor of forming a transitional government for the purpose of
preparing for and supervising new presidential and PLC elections?
82.0% Yes
13.7% No
04.3% No opinion/I do not know

If presidential elections are held in the present time, to whom from among
the following do you give your vote?
05.2% An independent candidate
03.5% A candidate from the left
18.6% A candidate from Hamas
25.2% A candidate from Fateh
06.0% A national independent candidate
03.5% An Islamic independent candidate
21.0% I will not participate in the elections
17.0% I have not decided yet

If new PLC elections are conducted, whom do you vote for?
05.4% An independent ticket
03.2% A ticket from the left
19.5% A ticket from Hamas
24.9% A ticket from Fateh
06.5% A national independent ticket
03.6% An Islamic independent ticket
20.6% I will not participate in the elections
16.2% I have not decided yet

If new legislative elections were to be held today, which of the following
would win?
04.8% Independent Islamists bloc
06.9% Independent Nationalist bloc
29.7% Fateh bloc
33.3% Hamas bloc
02.0% A bloc from leftist organizations
23.3% No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that there are horizons for national reconciliation?
51.9% Yes
39.8% No
08.2% No opinion/I do not know

There are those who say that Hamas is belligerent towards Fateh activists in
the Gaza Strip. Do you support or reject this allegation?
50.7% Yes
35.9% No
13.4% No opinion/I do not know

There are those who say that the Palestinian Authority arrests Hamas
activists in the West Bank. Do you support or reject this allegation?
48.8% Yes
35.7% No
15.5% No opinion/I do not know

Are you worried about your life under the present circumstances?
55.0% Yes
43.9% No
01.1% No opinion/I do not know

Are you pessimistic or optimistic towards the general Palestinian situation
at this stage?
37.1% Optimistic
59.3% Pessimistic
03.6% No opinion/I do not know

Under the present circumstances, do you feel that you, your family and your
properties are safe?
16.8% Yes
28.9% May be
53.9% No
00.4% No opinion/I do not know

Which of the following political affiliations do you support?
PARTY
01.0% People's Party
00.7% Democratic Front
03.2% Islamic Jihad
30.3% Fateh
21.5% Hamas
00.1% Fida
03.7% Popular Front
00.9% Palestinian National Initiative
06.5% I am an independent nationalist
03.0% I am an independent Islamist
28.8% None of the above
00.3% Others

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