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Monday, May 21, 2007
An Najah Poll of Palestinians: 7.1%removing check points top

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 27
17-19 May 2007

Following are the results of the 27th Palestinian Public Opinion Poll
conducted by the Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah
National University during the period from May 17-19, 2007. The University
sponsors all polls conducted by its Center.

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 2.7% of the
members of the sample refused to answer the questionnaire.

Are you optimistic or pessimistic towards the general Palestinian situation
at this stage?
15.4% Optimistic 82.7% Pessimistic 1.9% No opinion/I do not know

Under the current situation, do you feel that you, your family and your
properties are secure?
7.3% Yes 26.9% To some extent I do 65.1% No
0.7% No opinion/I do not know

Under the current circumstances, in which direction has your economic
situation developed?
2.6% Towards the best 79.5% Towards the worst 17.9% It stayed the same

In your opinion how did security conditions develop within the last months?
3.9% Towards the best 82.2% Towards the worst 12.9% It stayed the same
1.0% No opinion/I do not know

What is your top priority at this stage? (Choose only one)
58.6% Putting an end to the security mayhem
10.7% Creating job opportunities
7.1% Uplifting check points
16.1% Solving the problem of salaries
1.7% Improving public health services
3.7% Improving public education
1.6% Others
0.5% No opinion/I do not know

How do you assess the conditions of Palestinians living in the Palestinian
territories at the present circumstances?
0.9% Excellent 7.3% Good 44.5% Bad 46.4% Very bad
0.8% No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that the Mecca Accord will hold for long between Fateh and
Hamas?
6.9% Yes 67.2% No 21.6% May be
4.3% No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that the National Unity Government will continue to perform its
duties in the coming period or will collapse?
19.1% It will continue to perform its duties
68.6% It will collapse
12.3% No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that Hamas is really concerned with the success of a Unity
Government?
35.3% Yes 54.4% No 10.3% No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that Fateh is really concerned with the success of a Unity
Government?
37.0% Yes 50.9% No 12.1% No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that the National Unity Government succeeded, if partially, to
ease up the political sanctions imposed on the Palestinian Authority?
24.0% Yes 70.9% No 5.1% No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that the National Unity Government succeeded, if partially, to
ease up the financial sanctions imposed on the Palestinian Authority?
21.4% Yes 74.5% No 4.1% No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that the current government is capable of implementing the
security plan that it declared to put an end to the security mayhem?
18.6% Yes 73.5% No 7.9% No opinion/I do not know

Employees of the public sector resorted to resume their strike again since
the current government is capable of securing their salaries. Do you support
their strike?
49.2% Yes 45.9% No 4.8% No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that the present government is capable of securing the salaries
of its employees in the near future?
26.6% Yes 61.8% No 11.6% No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that the National Unity Government is capable of solving the
problem of salaries?
28.7% Yes 60.5% No 10.8% No opinion/I do not know
If the current government fails to improve the security and economic
conditions, will you ask this government to resign?
71.4% Yes 23.1% No 5.4% No opinion/I do not know

If the current government fails in performing its duties, what is the
alternative?
48.1% Conducting new elections
24.3% Dissolving the Palestinian Authority
22.2% Forming a new government
5.4% No opinion/I do not know

Lately, there have been voices calling for dissolving the Palestinian
Authority. Do you support or reject this motion?
46.0% I support 47.1% I reject 6.9% No opinion/I do not know

If the current government resigns, do you think that there will be a
possibility for an agreement between the factions to form a new government?
37.9% Yes 51.4% No 10.7% No opinion/I do not know

Under the current circumstances, do you think that the National Unity
Government will survive until the end of this year?
34.6% Yes 51.2% No 14.2% No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that the resignation of the Minister of the Interior Affairs is
one step towards the collapse of the National Unity Government?
48.2% Yes 39.8% No 12.0% No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that the last confrontations in the Gaza Strip practically
aborted the Mecca Accord?
59.0% Yes 35.1% No 5.9% No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that the National Unity Government is capable of controlling
the situation in the Gaza Strip at the present?
19.0% Yes 75.4% No 5.7% No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that the resignation of the Minister of the Interior will
initiate a new crisis between Fateh and Hamas over the vacant position at
the Ministry?
59.3% Yes 27.9% No 12.8% No opinion/I do not know
Do you think that the National Unity Government came as a result of--?
24.8% The desire of Fateh and Hamas to share authority?
27.0% Pressures exerted by the Palestinian Public
18.7% Pressures exerted by some Arab countries
23.5% Foreign pressures
6.0% No opinion/I do not know

The Last Arab Summit held in Riyadh considered the Arab Peace Initiative as
the basis of a peace settlement in the Middle East. Do you support or reject
this notion?
49.6% I support 40.3% I reject 10.1% No opinion/I do not know

The US presented a security plan calling for easing up the movement of
Palestinians between their cities, villages, and refugee camps in return for
a cease in firing rockets from the Gaza Strip. Do you support or reject this
Plan?
45.3% I support 48.3% I reject 6.3% No opinion/I do not know

Do you support or reject firing rockets by Palestinian factions from the
Strip against Israel?
23.7% I strongly support 27.3% I support 31.1% I reject 11.9% I strongly
reject
6.0% No opinion/I do not know

Do you think that firing rockets from the Gaza Strip against Israel hurts or
helps Palestinian national struggle?
32.5% It helps 40.4% It hurts 22.9% It is useless
4.2% No opinion/I do not know

There is a call from the PA to the armed Palestinian factions to resort to
the truce with Israel. Do you support or reject this call?
52.3% I support 31.8% I reject 5.9% No opinion/I do not know

Do you support or reject giving the responsibilities of negotiations with
Israel to the PLO only?
52.2% I support 40.1% I reject 7.7% No opinion/I do not know

Do you support or reject the reformation of the PLO so that it would include
all nonmember Palestinian factions?
76.2% I support 18.1% I reject 5.7% No opinion/I do not know

If new presidential elections are conducted, whom do you vote for?
33.1% For a Fateh candidate
16.8% For a Hamas candidate
5.7% For a candidate from the left
16.4% For an independent candidate
28.1% No opinion/I do not know

If new PLC elections are conducted, whom do you vote for?
32.2% For a Fateh candidate
17.4% For a Hamas candidate
5.5% For a candidate from the left
17.0% For an independent candidate
27.9% No opinion/I do not know

Which of the following political affiliations do you support?
1.2% People's Party
1.9% Democratic Front
2.4% Islamic Jihad
34.3% Fateh
18.7% Hamas
0.3% Fida
4.4% Popular Front
0.5% Palestinian National Initiative
6.5% I am an independent nationalist
3.5% I am an independent Islamist
25.3% None of the above
0.7% Others

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