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Wednesday, October 1, 2003
PCPO Poll of Palestinians 54.9% support suicide attacks in Israel

Poll no. 114. Date: 30 September 2003

A poll carried out by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion (PCPO) and
prepared by President Dr. Nabil Kukali.
70.2% Evaluate the general economical conditions in the
Palestinian territories as bad.
58.1% Worried to varying degrees for their means of Subsistence.
47.0% Pessimistic about the future.
73.7% Support to varying degrees the President Arafat.
56.3% Support the continuation of the Intifada, while 30.9% call
for a
Halt.

Majd Kokaly-Information Department:

A poll recently conducted by the PCPO and prepared by Dr. Nabil Kukali
included a random sample of adults, 18 years and older, from Gaza Strip and
West Bank including East Jerusalem.

The Poll reveals that 70.2% of Palestinians evaluate the general economical
condition in the Palestinian Territories as bad, while 19.5% evaluate it
fair, 8.1% good, and 2.2% express no opinion.

President of the PCPO, Dr. Nabil Kukali, stated that the poll took place,
25-29 September 2003 and the average age of the respondents was 32 years,
and the margin of error was 3.59 percent points.

Kukali also stated that the percentage of female respondents was 47.2%,
while that of the male ones was 52.8%. He also explained that the respondent
's location of residence was as follows: 55.3% city, 27.2% village, and
17.5% refugee camp. He pointed out to the average size of respondents'
families that was 7.21 persons, and the average number of schooling years
was 12.24 years.

Dr. Kukali said the results of the poll were as follows:

1. Do you evaluate the general economical situation in the Palestinian
territories as?
20 Nov 2002 -/-14 Apr 2003-/-30 Sep 2003
1. Good 9.2%-/-2.6%-/-8.1%
2. Fair 24.7%-/-23.1%-/-19.5%
3. Bad 60.8%-/-69.8%-/-70.2%
4. Do not Know 5.3%/-/ 4.5%-/-2.2%

2. To what degree are you concerned for your means of subsistence?

20 Nov 2002-/-14 Apr 2003-/-30 Sep 2003
1. Highly concerned 20.7%-/-22.4%-/--/-26.4%
2. Concerned 29.8%-/-27.4%-/-31.7%
3. Not that concerned 19.8%-/-17.5%-/-20.2%
4. Absolutely unconcerned 19.1%-/-18.7%-/-12.4%
5. Do not know 10.6%-/-14.0%-/-9.3%

3. Given the current political and economical conditions, are you
optimistic or pessimistic about the future?

20 Nov 2002-/-14 Apr 2003-/-30 Sep 2003
1. Optimistic 29.2%-/-30.0%-/-36.2%
2. Pessimistic 56.8%-/-56.0%-/-47.0%
3. No opinion 14.0%-/-14.0%-/-16.8%

4. Would you increase or decrease your support of the Intifada if Israel
continued imposing economical siege and the security belt on the Palestinian
territories?

3 Feb 2003-/-14 Apr 2003-/-30 Sep 2003
1.Would increase support 35.9%-/-28.4%-/-44.2%
2. Would decrease support 21.7%-/-21.6%-/-18.4%
3.No difference 24.5%-/-21.3%-/-23.5%
4. No opinion 17.9%-/-28.7%-/-13.9%

5.Do you believe that the PA is capable or incapable of creating job
opportunities to the Palestinian workers in Israel?

27 Nov 2000-/-14 Apr 2003-/-30 Sep 2003
1. Capable 30.5%-/-18.2%-/-19.7%
2. Incapable 43.4%-/-64.7%-/-67.2%
3. Do not know 26.1%-/-17.1%-/-13.1%

6. Thirty six months back, to the time when the current Al-Aqsa Intifada
broke out, do you believe that it served or harmed the Palestinian
interests?

20 Nov 2002-/-14 Apr 2003-/-30 Sep 2003
1. Considerably served 13.3%-/-12.6%-/-14.1%
2. Somewhat served 28.4%-/-33.8%-/-32.8%
3. Somewhat harmed 15.8%-/-17.1%-/-17.2%
4. Considerably harmed 25.1%-/-21.8%-/-23.0%
5. No opinion 17.4%-/-14.7%-/-12.9%

7. Do you or not believe that if the Israeli government's taking serious
and sincere measures to lift the siege and security belt on the Palestinian
territories will alleviate violence?

20 Nov 2002-/-14 Apr 2003-/-30 Sep 2003
1. Yes 28.7%-/-26.8%-/-23.2%
2. To some extent 35.8%-/-46.0%-/-43.1%
3. No 25.8%-/-18.0%-/-25.4%
4. Do not know 9.7%-/-9.2%-/-8.3%

8.If municipality or village council elections being held today, which
political party would you vote for?

20 Nov 2002-/-30 Sep 2003
1. People's Party 2.1%-/-2.2%
2. Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) 9.9%-/-7.1%
3. Fatah 30.3%-/-29.1%
4. Hamas 18.0%-/-19.2%
5. Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) 3.1%-/-3.1%
6. Islamic Jihad 6.4%-/-6.9%
7. Fida 2.4%-/-2.2%
8. Popular Struggle (Nidal) Front ----/-1.9%
9. Independents 8.8%-/-11.7%
10. None of the above 12.0%-/-12.8%
11. Other 7.0%-/-2.7%

9. When asked:' to what degree do you support president Arafat"?

20 Nov 2002-/-30 Jun 2003-/-30 Sep 2003
1. Strongly support 20.2%-/-31.7%-/-41.6%
2. Somewhat Support 18.1%-/-32.7%-/-32.1%
3. Somewhat oppose 21.7%-/-22.3%-/-16.3%
4. Strongly oppose 16.1%-/-7.2%-/-4.6%
5. No Opinion 23.9%-/-6.1%-/-5.4%

10.Do you strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat oppose, or strongly
oppose the notion that says that the political process (i.e. peace process)
is the best thing we can get under current conditions (i.e. international
changes):

12 Nov 2002-/-30 Jun 2003 30 Sep 2003
1. Strongly support 16.2%-/-15.9%-/-15.5%
2. Somewhat support 24.0%-/-32.4%-/-29.7%
3. Somewhat oppose 13.1%-/-15.1%-/-14.5%
4. Strongly oppose 28.1%-/-17.2%-/-24.2%
5. Do not know 18.6%-/-19.4%-/-16.1%

11. Some people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip support the continuation of
the Intifada, while others call for a halt to it which of these two opinions
is closer to yours?

27 Nov 2000-/-30 Jun 2003-/-30 Sep 2003
1. Continuation of the Intifada 73.0%-/-44.9%-/-56.3%
2. Halting the Intifada 19.6%-/-37.0%-/-30.9%
3. Do not know / refuse to answer 7.4%-/-18.1%-/-12.8%

12.Do you think that there is a Palestinian leader other than Yaser Arafat
who is able to sign a peace treaty with the Israelis at present, or not?

12 Nov 2002-/-30 Jun 2003-/-30 Sep 2003
1. Yes 26.6%-/-19.7%-/-16.5%
2. No 45.5%-/-53.5%-/-58.7%
3. I don't know 27.8%-/-26.8%-/-24.8%

13.How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following: "There can be
no real economic growth and prosperity for the Palestinians and the Israelis
without a peace settlement between them"?

30 September 2003
1- Strongly agree 21.5%
2- somewhat agree 36.8%
3- somewhat disagree 10.8%
4- Strongly disagree 18.1%
5- don't know 12.8%

14.To what extent do you agree or disagree with the following statement:
"Mutual cooperation and joint projects between all nations of the region,
including Israelis and Palestinians, in areas such as water, health,
environment, tourism etc. - should start as soon as possible / now even
before final peace agreements are reached"

30 September 2003
1- Strongly agree 15.7%
2- somewhat agree 35.1%
3- somewhat disagree 12.1%
4- Strongly disagree 24.6%
5- don't know 12.5%

15.Some people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip support suicidal attacks in
Israel, while others support a halt to such attacks now. Which is closer to
your opinion:

20 Nov 2002-/-27 Mar 2003-/-30 Sep 2003
1.Such attacks must halt 29.8%-/-43.0%-/-27.2%
2. Such attacks must continue 45.3%-/-38.3%-/-54.9%
3. Refuse to answer / do not know 24.9%-/-18.7%-/-17.9%

Contact Person:
Dr. Nabil Kukali
Tel: 02 2774846, Fax: 02 277 2034 Mobile: 067 216643
Email: kukali@p-ol.com

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