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Monday, April 12, 2010
An-Najah Poll of Palesitnians: Overwhelming

Do you accept the creation of a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders
with some land exchange as a final solution for the Palestinian problem?

Yes 28.3
No 66.7
No opinion/I do not know 5.0

Do you support or reject making Jerusalem a capital for two states:
Palestine and Israel?

I support 20.8
I reject 77.4
No opinion/I do not know 1.8

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 . 40
8-10 April 2010

The Results
Following are the results of the Palestinian Public Opinion Poll no. 40
conducted by the Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah
National University during the period from 8-10 April 2010. The sample
included 1861 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 2.7% 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.

The General Results of the Poll

Prime Minister Salam Fayyad announced that the Palestinian Authority will
declare in August 2011 the creation of the Palestinian State. Do you support
or reject that?

I support 71.3
I reject 24.6
No opinion/I do not know 4.0

Do you think that the USA will succeed in exerting pressure on Israel to
stop building settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank for a
four-month period?

Yes 21.3
No 73.5
No opinion/I do not know 5.2

Do you support or reject conducting direct talks between the Palestinian
Authority and the Israeli Government?

I support 48.7
I reject 47.3
No opinion/I do not know 4.0

Do you support or reject conducting indirect talks between the
Palestinian Authority and the Israeli Government?

I support 34.0
I reject 60.8
No opinion/I do not know 5.2

The Palestinian Authority decided not to negotiate with the Israeli
Government while the latter continues to build settlements in the West Bank
and East Jerusalem. Do you support or reject the PA’s decision?

I support 78.6
I reject 19.0
No opinion/I do not know 2.4

Do you support or reject conducting talks between the Palestinian
Authority and the Israeli Government in case Israel continues building
settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem?

I support 14.3
I reject 83.0
No opinion/I do not know 2.8

Do you think that the resolutions made by the Arab Summit relating to
the Palestinian problem are satisfactory?

Yes 8.3
No 83.0
No opinion/I do not know 7.6

Do you believe that the Arab countries will carry out the resolutions that
the Arab Summit issued relating to the Palestinian issue and Jerusalem?

Yes , they will 11.6
No , they will not 79.5
No opinion/I do not know 8.9

A group of Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip declared that they
ceased firing rockets from the Gaza Strip. Do you support or reject their
decision?

I support 56.1
I reject 37.7
No opinion/I do not know 6.2

Do you think that the position of Hamas regarding firing rockets from
Gaza has become congruent with that of the Palestinian Authority?

Yes 55.6
No 33.5
No opinion/I do not know 10.9

Do you think that a national reconciliation agreement can be reached
between Fateh and Hamas in the near future?

Yes 51.3
No 42.5
No opinion/I do not know 6.2

If a reconciliation agreement is signed, who, in your opinion, benefits
from signing the agreement?

Fateh 22.2
Hamas 15.7
Others 48.4
No opinion/I do not know 13.7

Are you optimistic or pessimistic towards singing the reconciliation
agreement in the near future?

I am optimistic 50.6
I am pessimistic 45.8
No opinion/I do not know 3.6

Do you think that the sides of the Palestinian dialogue, particularly
Fateh and Hamas, are genuinely concerned with ending the state of
Palestinian division?

Yes 44.7
No 42.2
I am not concerned 9.6
No opinion/I do not know 3.5

Do you think that failure to reach a national reconciliation is
because some people seek to achieve---------------------?

Personal interests 48.9
Party and factional interests 42.6
No opinion/I do not know 8.5

What, in your opinion, delays the signing of the national reconciliation
agreement?

Arab pressures on some sides 17.6
Regional pressures on some sides 27.6
Factional interests of Fateh and Hamas 44.0
No opinion/I do not know 10.9

Do you think that concluding the Shalit deal will speed up the process
of national reconciliation?

Yes 41.7
No 51.0
No opinion/I do not know 7.3

In case a national reconciliation agreement is signed, do you think
that the signing of the agreement will --------?

Speed up the peace process 32.7
Freeze and entangle the peace process 12.3
Have no effect 48.7
No opinion/I do not know 6.2

In case the national reconciliation is achieved, how will that affect
you in the following situations: (Please, arrange them on a 0-10 scale)

Economic 5.7509
Social 6.0029
Political 5.9765
Psychological 7.0507

Do you accept the creation of a Palestinian state on the area of the
1967 borders as a final solution for the Palestinian problem?

Yes 51.7
No 44.7
No opinion/I do not know 3.5

Do you accept the creation of a Palestinian state within the 1967
borders with some land exchange as a final solution for the Palestinian
problem?

Yes 28.3
No 66.7
No opinion/I do not know 5.0

What form do you envision the final solution of the Palestinian problem
will take?

A comprehensive solution 66.7
A piecemeal solution (on stages) 30.3
No opinion/I do not know 2.9

Do you support or reject making Jerusalem a capital for two states:
Palestine and Israel?

I support 20.8
I reject 77.4
No opinion/I do not know 1.8

From which aspects do you see Jerusalem important to you?
(Please, arrange them on a 0-10 scale)

Religious 9.7032
National/ethnic 8.9802
Political 8.8942
Historica l9.4548

Do you think that the volume of struggle between settlers and Palestinians
will escalate within the coming stage?

Yes 81.5
No 12.0
No opinion/I do not know 6.5

In case settlements remain in place within a final solution pact, do
you think that they will cause political, economic, religious, and ethnic
problems?
(Please, arrange them on a 0-10 scale)

Political 8.3549
Economic 7.8038
Religious 8.1852
Ethnic 7.8824

There are certain sides that seek to obstruct conducting presidential,
legislative, and municipality elections in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
From your own point view which of the following sides does not want to
conduct elections?

Fateh 11.8
Hamas 36.7
Other sides 35.0
No opinion/I do not know 16.5

If presidential elections are held in the present time, to whom from
among the following do you give your vote?

An independent candidate 6.0
A candidate from the left 2.9
A candidate from Hamas 9.8
A candidate from Fateh 30.1
A national independent candidate 4.9
An Islamic independent candidate 2.7
I will not participate in the elections 23.8
I have not decided yet 19.8

If new PLC elections are conducted, whom do you vote for?

An independent ticket 5.9
A ticket from the left 2.6
A ticket from Hamas 10.1
A ticket from Fateh 30.4
A national independent ticket 4.7
An Islamic independent ticket 2.9
I will not participate in the elections 23.9
I have not decided yet 19.5

If new legislative elections were to be held today, which of the
following would win?

Independent Islamists bloc 4.0
Independent Nationalist bloc 6.4
Fateh bloc 46.0
Hamas bloc 15.8
A bloc from leftist organizations 1.6
No opinion/I do not know 26.2

The Ministry of Local Government declared the current municipalities
and local councils caretaker ones until elections are held. Do you support
or reject the declaration of the Ministry?

I support 61.3
I reject 28.6
No opinion/I do not know 10.1

Do you support or reject conducting municipality and local council
elections in August 2010?

I support 79.1
I reject 15.2
No opinion/I do not know 5.7

If municipality and local council elections were to be held, who do you
vote for?

A block that represents the family or clan 9.3
An independent ticket 4.4
A ticket from the left 1.8
A ticket from Hamas 8.7
A ticket from Fateh 25.0
A national independent ticket 5.1
An Islamic independent ticket 2.6
I will not participate in the elections 19.5
I have not decided yet 23.7

Do you support or reject the strikes of the unions of school
teachers, university teachers, the employees of the health sector ---etc?

I support 39.4
I reject 55.3
No opinion/I do not know 5.3

As you know, there is a government in the West Bank led by Salam
Fayyad and another government in the Gaza Strip led by Ismail Haniyeh. In
your opinion which government is more capable of managing the internal
Palestinian affairs?

The government of Salam Fayyad 63.6
The Government of Ismail Haniyeh 20.1
No opinion/I do not know 16.3

How do you assess the performance of the government of Salam Fayyad?

Good 65.4
Bad 26.3
No opinion/I do not know 8.3

How do you assess the performance of the government of Ismail Haniyeh?

Good 31.2
Bad 45.3
No opinion/I do not know 23.4

Are you worried about your life under the present circumstances?

Yes 48.9
No 49.4
No opinion/I do not know 1.7

Are you pessimistic or optimistic towards the general Palestinian
situation at this stage?

Optimistic 34.2
Pessimistic 63.0
No opinion/I do not know 2.8

Under the present circumstances, do you feel that you, your family and
your properties are safe?

Yes 23.1
May be 36.1
No 39.8
No opinion/I do not know 1.0

Which of the following political affiliations do you support ?
PARTY
People’s Party 0.7
Democratic Front 0.6
Islamic Jihad 2.2
Fateh 35.5
Hamas 12.3
Fida 0.1
Popular Front 3.1
Palestinian National Initiative 0.9
I am an independent nationalist 5.0
I am an independent Islamist 3.5
No ne of the above 35.7
Others0.4

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