Public Opinion Poll # 28
Evaluation of Institutions & Leaders
The Proposed Government
Palestinian Elections & Political Support
Palestinian - Israeli Negotiations
Hezbollah & Hamas
Release Date: 20/9/2006
Dates of fieldwork: 14-16/9/2006
Number of field researchers: 75
Sample size: 1200 Palestinians in (West Bank and Gaza Strip)
Margin of error: +/- 3%
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(059-9204527) or Polling coordinator Ayman Abdul Majeed at the listed
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methodology refer to our website (http://home.birzeit.edu/dsp).
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71% say that their living conditions have deteriorated since the January
2006 PLC elections.
44% of young Palestinians are willing to immigrate if given the opportunity.
62.3% feel that Palestinian society is not heading in the right direction.
16.1% will be able to secure basic needs without a problem for another three
More than 55% view the role of political groups, PLC and Government as
UNRWA and NGOs receive the most favorable evaluation.
44% criticize Hamas, while 40% criticize Fateh for the current crises.
95% criticize Israel and the United States, while 68% criticize the UN.
20 points decline in the popularity of the President, and 25 points decline
in the evaluation of Prime Minister.
60.4% evaluate the implementation of the Hamas program by the new government
57% are unable to reiterate the Hamas election agenda.
56.6% support the strike organized by public service employees and teachers.
53.7% evaluate the performance of the government in dealing with the strike
55.3% believe that ministers should be selected from outside the PLC.
62.8% oppose keeping the PLC and the Cabinet as they are.
60.0% support the dissolution of the PLC and the conduct of a new PLC
65.8% support dissolving the current government and forming a unity
government led by Hamas.
61.9% support the President appointing an independent prime minister.
54.7% support the President appointing a ministerial cabinet that is fully
No change in Fateh's popularity at (42%); decline in Hamas's popularity to
52.0% support the idea that Hamas must recognize the agreements signed
between the PLO and Israel.
62.3% oppose the idea that Hamas must recognize Israel at this point of
68.8% believe the performance of Hezbollah is better than that of Hamas.