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Tuesday, November 24, 2015
An-Najah poll of Palestinians: 72.9%:21.0% Oppose Palestinian state on 1967 borders with land swap

[Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA: The mantra of over two decades: " creation of a
Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with some land exchange as a final
solution for the Palestinian cause" rejected by the Palestinians
72.9%:21.0%]

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. 51
20-22 November 2015

The Results
Following are the results of the Palestinian Public Opinion Poll no. 51
conducted by the Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah
National University during the period from 20-22 November 2015. The
University sponsors all polls conducted by its Center.

The sample included 1363 persons whose age group is 18 and above and who
have the right to vote. The enclosed questionnaire was distributed on 863
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 2.3% of the
members of the sample refused to answer the questionnaire.
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

How would you classify the confrontations that are going on between the
Palestinians and the Israelis these days?
Total/ West Bank/ Gaza Strip
An Intifada 52.2/ 47.6/ 60.0
A temporary uprising 43.7/ 49.8/ 33.0
No opinion/I do not know 4.2/ 2.5/ 7.0
Total 100.0/ 100.0/ 100.0

1. Do you support or reject the rise of an unarmed peaceful intifada in
the Palestinian Territories?
Total
I support 52.1
I reject 44.0
No opinion/I do not know 3.9
Total 100.0

2. Do you support or reject the rise of an armed intifada in the
Palestinian territories?
Total/ West Bank/ Gaza Strip
I support 43.7/ 39.3/ 51.4
I reject 51.4/ 57.7/ 40.6
No opinion/I do not know 4.8/ 3.0/ 8.0
Total 100.0/ 100.0/ 51.4

3. From your point of view at the present time, which of the following
forms of resistance will serve the Palestinian cause best?
Total
An unarmed peaceful intifada 32.4
An armed intifada 21.4
Both forms are useful 26.7
Both forms are useless 14.5
No opinion/I do not know 5.1
Total 100.0

Do you think that the aggressions of settlers against the Palestinian people
and their properties are encouraged by the Israeli government and Army?
Total
Yes 89.9
No 7.2
No opinion/I do not know 2.9
Total 100.0

4. Do you think that the Israeli government is capable of putting an end
to the settlers’ aggressions against the Palestinian people and their
properties?
Total
Yes 79.1
No 16.9
No opinion/I do not know 4.0
Total 79.1

5. Do you think that the formation of unarmed local committees from among
the citizens of villages and towns that are adjacent to the Israeli
settlements will curb the aggressions of settlers against Palestinian people
and their properties?
Total
Yes 60.5
No 35.1
No opinion/I do not know 4.4
Total 100.0

6. If local unarmed committees are formed to curb the aggressions against
Palestinian people and their properties, will you personally participate in
such committees?
Total
Yes 49.4
No 47.4
No opinion/I do not know 3.2
Total 100.0


Under the current circumstances, do you think that there is an opportunity
for the creation of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders?
Total
Yes 33.5
No 58.8
No opinion/I do not know 7.7
Total 100.0

10 Do you support or reject the creation of a Palestinian state on the
1967 borders as a final solution for the Palestinian cause?
Total
Yes 45.6
No 49.5
No opinion/I do not know 4.8
Total 100.0

11. Do you support or reject the creation of a Palestinian state on the
1967 borders with some land exchange as a final solution for the Palestinian
cause?
Total
Yes 21.0
No 72.9
No opinion/I do not know 6.2
Total 100.0

12. Do you support or reject the creation of a binational state for both
Arabs and Jews as a final solution for the Palestinian cause?
Total
Yes 20.0
No 74.2
No opinion/I do not know 5.7
Total 100.0

13. Do you think that the continuous assaults on Al-Aqsa Mosque by
settler groups are encouraged by the Israeli government? [IMRA: “assaults”
= “touring”]
Total
Yes 91.8
No 6.5
No opinion/I do not know 1.7
Total 100.0

14. Do you think that the Arab and Islamic states should intervene to
force the Israeli government to prevent settler groups from entering Al-Aqsa
Mosque?
Total
Yes 81.4
No 15.4
No opinion/I do not know 3.2
Total 100.0

15. Do you think that if settler groups’ repeated storming of Al-Aqsa
Mosque continues, it will lead to a new Palestinian Intifada? [IMRA:
“storming” in the Palestinian vernacular is what in the normal world would
be called “touring”.]
Total
Yes 89.0
No 6.4
No opinion/I do not know 4.6
Total 100.0

16. Do you think that the signed agreement between Jordan and Israel to
install cameras in the yards of Al-Aqsa Mosque will curb the repeated
storming of the Mosque by settler groups?
IMRA: The original Jordanian proposal that Israel agreed to was for cameras
to be installed everywhere – including inside the al Aqsa Mosque, but the
Waqf opposed cameras anywhere that they might document Arab preparations for
violence (hoarding firebombs, files of rocks for throwing, etc.) and
launching violent attacks.]
Total
Yes 23.8
No 70.2
No opinion/I do not know 5.9
Total 100.0

17. Do you think that Israel will respect the agreement with Jordan to
install cameras on the yards of Al-Aqsa Mosque?
Total
Yes 11.4
No 82.9
No opinion/I do not know 5.7
Total 100.0


18. Do you support or reject what President Abbas said in his speech at
the UN regarding Palestinian non-commitment to the signed agreement with
Israel as long as Israel is insisting on non-commitment to these agreements
and on its refusal to stop settlements and to free prisoners?
Total
I support 73.7
I reject 18.9
No opinion/I do not know 7.4
Total 100.0

19. Do you support or reject what President Abbas said in his speech at
the UN regarding asking Israel to take its responsibilities as an occupying
authority because the status quo cannot continue to be as it is?
Total
I support 74.2
I reject 18.0
No opinion/I do not know 7.8
Total 100.0

20. Do you consider the declarations that President Abu Mazen made in his
speech at the UN an end to the Oslo Accords?
Total
Yes 38.2
No 46.2
No opinion/I do not know 15.6
Total 100.0

21. Do you support or reject President Mahmoud Abbas’ call to place the
Palestinian territories under international protection?
Total
I support 56.1
I reject 38.8
No opinion/I do not know 5.1
Total 100.0

Do you think that the PA is capable of carrying out what President Mahmoud
Abbas said in his UN speech?
Total
Yes 34.8
No 54.7
No opinion/I do not know 10.5
Total 100.0

22. Do you support or reject dissolving the PA and merging its
administrative and security institutions in the PLO institutions?
Total
I support 46.9
I reject 41.7
No opinion/I do not know 11.4
Total 100.0

24 Do you support or reject the PLO Central Council’s decision on ceasing
security coordination between the PA and Israel?
Total
I support 69.8
I reject 23.5
No opinion/I do not know 6.7
Total 100.0

25 Do you think that the PA will implement the PLO Central Council’s
decision on ceasing security coordination between the PA and Israel?
Total
Yes 27.3
No 62.3
No opinion/I do not know 10.4
Total 100.0

26. Do you support or reject revoking the Paris Economic Agreement that is
currently effective between the PA and Israel?
Total
I support 43.9
I reject 32.6
No opinion/I do not know 23.5
Total 100.0

27. Under the current circumstances, do you think that Fateh and Hamas
should speed up implementing the national reconciliation agreement?
Total
Yes 87.2
No 8.6
No opinion/I do not know 4.2
Total 100.0

28. Are you optimistic or pessimistic about the implementation of the
reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas in the near future?
Total
Optimistic 46.8
Pessimistic 48.9
No opinion/I do not know 4.3
Total 100.0

29. In your point of view you, who is responsible for the lack of
implementation of the national reconciliation agreement?
Total
Hamas 14.5
Fateh 10.7
Persons from both Hamas and Fateh 72.5
No opinion/I do not know 2.3
Total 100.0

30. Do you support or reject boycotting Israeli goods and products?
Total
I support 84.2
I reject 13.2
No opinion/I do not know 2.6
Total 100.0

31 Do you expect the success or the failure of the campaign of boycotting
Israeli goods and products in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip?
Total
It will succeed 53.4
It will fail 41.3
No opinion/I do not know 5.3
Total 100.0

32. Do you personally buy Israeli products when there are Palestinian
substitutes to them?
Total
I buy Israeli products in all cases 8.7
I buy Palestinian products in all cases 49.3
I buy products according to quality regardless of their source. 36.1
No opinion/I do not know 5.9
Total 100.0

33. In your point of view, why are many persons not committed to boycotting
Israeli products?
(I give the mark of 10, so that it is zero the lowest and 10 the highest)
Total
The lack of trust in the quality of local products 6.7740
The consumer culture of some persons 6.5847
The lack of local substitutes of Israeli products 6.1020
The high prices of local products 5.3118
The continuous availability of the Israeli products 6.9648
The Israeli products are their source of income 2.8210

34.How do you assess the performance of the National Unity Government?
Total
Excellent 7.6
Good 56.3
Poor 27.7
No opinion/I do not know 8.4
Total 100.0

35 How do you assess the performance of the Palestinian Presidency?
Total
Excellent 12.0
Good 52.8
Poor 31.6
No opinion/I do not know 3.6
Total 100.0

36 If elections are to be conducted in the Palestinian Territories at the
present time, do you think that they will be fair?
Total
Yes 38.4
No 50.6
No opinion/I do not know 11.1
Total 100.0

37 If presidential elections are held in the present time, to whom from
among the following do you give your vote?
Total
An independent candidate 9.3
A candidate from the left 2.9
A candidate from Hamas 13.3
A candidate from Fateh 23.8
A national independent candidate 4.4
An Islamic independent candidate 3.4
I will not participate in the elections 21.6
I have not decided yet 21.2
Total 100.0

40 If new PLC elections are conducted, whom will you vote for?
Total
An independent ticket 8.6
A ticket from the left 2.9
A ticket from Hamas 14.7
A ticket from Fateh 26.3
A national independent ticket 4.5
An Islamic independent ticket 3.7
I will not participate in the elections 22.1
I have not decided yet 17.3
Total 100.0

41 If new legislative elections are to be held today, which of the following
will win?
Total
An independent Islamists bloc 3.7
An independent Nationalist bloc 9.2
A Fateh bloc 32.1
A Hamas bloc 23.6
A bloc from leftist organizations 2.3
No opinion/I do not know 29.1
Total 100.0

42 If municipality and local council elections are to be held, who do you
vote for?
Total
A block that represents the family or clan 11.3
An independent ticket 8.6
A ticket from the left 2.5
A ticket from Hamas 14.4
A ticket from Fateh 22.2
A national independent ticket 5.6
An Islamic independent ticket 2.5
I will not participate in the elections 17.6
I have not decided yet 15.3
Total 100.0

43 Do the current political, security and economic circumstances compel you
to desire emigrating abroad?
Total/ West Bank/ Gaza Strip
Yes 33.3/ 22.2/ 52.4
No 64.0/ 76.7/ 42.2
No opinion/I do not know 2.6/ 1.0/ 5.4
Total 100.0/ 100.0/ 100.0

44 Are you worried about your life under the present circumstances?
Total
Yes 51.7
No 46.6
No opinion/I do not know 1.7
Total 100.0


45 Are you pessimistic or optimistic towards the general Palestinian
situation at this stage?
Total
Optimistic 33.3
Pessimistic 64.3
No opinion/I do not know 2.4
Total 100.0

46 Under the present circumstances, do you feel that you, your family and
your properties are safe?
Total
Yes 18.6
May be 31.8
No 48.9
No opinion/I do not know 0.7
Total 100.0

47 Which of the following political affiliations do you support?
PARTY Total
People’s Party 1.0
Democratic Front 0.2
Islamic Jihad 2.0
Fateh 30.7
Hamas 16.5
Fida 0.2
Popular Front 2.1
Palestinian National Initiative 0.9
I am an independent nationalist 8.1
I am an independent Islamist 2.1
None of the above 35.6
Others 0.7
Total 100.0

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