PCPO Poll No. 191 August 28, 2014
Dr. Kukali: “The PA-President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) enjoys the
satisfaction of his people in Gaza Strip with his performance”.
The key poll results are:
(61.2%) of the Palestinians oppose the deployment of UN-multi-national
forces in Gaza Strip.
(54.0%) are satisfied with the performance of the PA-president “Abu Mazen”.
(64.7%) rated the stances of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as
(88.9%) support the firing of rockets from Gaza at Israel.
(58.1%) are content with the ICRC performance, (71.2 %) with that of the
(75.4%) believe that the deterrence of the Palestinian Resistance has
Beit Sahour – Section of Public Relations:
The latest poll prepared by Dr. Nabil Kukali and conducted by the
Palestinian Center for Public Opinion (www.pcpo.org), during the period from
August 14-19, 2014 covered a random sample of (1000) Palestinian respondents
representing the various demographic specimens of adult Palestinians (18
years and above) living in Gaza Strip. It revealed that (61.2%) of the
Palestinians oppose the deployment of UN multi-national forces in Gaza
Dr. Nabil Kukali, President of the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion,
said in a statement that this survey has been conducted in the Gaza Strip
during the temporary six-days cease-fire respite agreed between the
Palestinians and the Israelis.
The poll results, Dr. Kukali said, will be published at intervals parallel
to the progress of the events in Gaza Strip, hoping to reflect thereby the
perceptions and the feelings of the Palestinian street in Gaza, particularly
in the light of the Israeli military operation the Protective Edge” (“The
Eaten Straw”). Dr. Kukali added also in his comment that the majority of the
Palestinian people are satisfied with the performance of the PA-President
Mahmoud Abbas during the Israeli military operation “Protective Edge”
against Gaza Strip, and that also a clear majority of the Palestinians in
the Strip rated the stances of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon towards
the Palestinian people in Gaza during the raging Israeli aggression as
Dr. Kukali further stated that the overwhelming majority of the Palestinians
in Gaza Strip support the firing of rockets from Gaza at the Israeli
territories, specifically (88.9 %), against (49.1 %) who supported the same
issue in a previous poll published on January 15, 2013, and that the
deterrence of the Palestinian Resistance has increased in the wake up of the
Israeli military operation “Protective Edge”. Dr. Kukali concluded his
statement with the comment that the Palestinian public is, in general,
satisfied with the performances of the International Committee of the Red
Cross (ICRC) and the United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA).
Deployment of UN-forces:
Only (29.3 %) of the Palestinians in Gaza Strip support the deployment of
UN-multi-national forces the way they are acting in South Lebanon, whilst
(61.2 %) oppose their deployment and (9.5 %) declined to respond to the
Firing rockets at Israel:
Responding to the question:”Would you please tell us your opinion about the
issue of firing rockets at Israel ?”, (60.3 %) said “I strongly support
that”, (28.6 %) “I support that”, (7.0 %) were undecided, (1.4 %) said “I
oppose that”, (1.0 %) “I strongly oppose that” and (1.7 %) said “I don’t
Deterrence of the Palestinian Resistance:
(75.4 %) of the respondents believe that the deterrence of the Palestinian
resistance during the Israeli military operation “the Protective edge” has
increased, whilst (12.8 %) think that it has decreased, (8.1 %) believe that
it remained unchanged and (3.7 %) declined to answer the relevant question.
Retaliation for the Israeli Aggression:
With regard to the question:”What was, according to your opinion, the most
successful act of the Palestinian Resistance in retaliation for the recent
Israeli aggression ?”, (15.9 %) said “firing rockets at Israel”, (23.3 %)
“infiltrating through the enemy lines”, (29.0 %) “the specific military
operations (such as: the naval commandos, Nahal Oz), (19.8 %) “the
underground border-crossing tunnels” and (12.0 %) “the coordination between
the different factions”.
Performance of the PA-President Mahmoud Abbas:
Responding to the question:”Are you satisfied, or not, with the performance
of the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during the Israeli military
operation “the Protective Edge” against Gaza Strip?”, (54.0 %) said “Yes”,
(38.6 %) said “No”, and (7.4 %) said “I don’t know”.
Stances of the UN Secretary-General:
Regarding the question:”How would you rate the stances of the UN
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon towards the Palestinian people in Gaza during
the Israeli military operation “Protective Edge” ?, (64.7 %) said “negative”,
(17.1 %) “positive”, (13.5 %) “balanced towards both sides” and (4.7 %) said
“I don’t know”.
The best Palestinians supporting country:
Responding to the question:”Which country, in your opinion, best backed the
Palestinian Resistance against the recent Israeli aggression on Gaza ?”, the
answer came as follows:
Egypt (32.5 %), Jordan (3.5 %), Qatar (23.5 %), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (2.7
Turkey (25.3 %), Iran (8.1 %), USA (0.1 %), UK (0.5 %), France (1.5 %),
Russia (1.5 %), UAE (0.1 %) and Germany (0.7 %).
The EU-Monitoring Staff:
(37.7 %) of the respondents were in favor of the Palestinian Authority
security forces taking-over the control of Rafah border-crossing on the
Palestinian side and an Israeli-Egyptian control of the border-crossing
under an EU-monitoring regulation, whilst (56.6 %) opposed that and (5.7 %)
were reluctant to answer the question.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC):
In respect of the question:”How would you evaluate the ICRC performance
during the military operation “the Protective Edge” ?, (58.1 %) said “good”,
(23.1 %) “fair” (18.0 %) “bad” and (0.8 %) said “I don’t know”.
The United Nations Relief and Work Agency (UNRWA)
Responding to the similar question:” ”How would you evaluate the UNRWA
performance during the military operation “the Protective Edge” ?, (71.2 %)
said “good”, (21.8 %) “fair”, (6.8 %) “bad” and (0.2 %) said “I don’t know”.
Methodology of the Survey Study
Elias Kukali, Head of the Researches and Studies Section at PCPO, stated
that the interviews were conducted face-to-face at the respondents’ homes,
that have been randomly chosen according to the scientific methodology
applied by PCPO. These are selected from (90) sites in Gaza Strip allocated
as follows: (15) sites in Gaza North, (28) sites in Gaza City, (18) sites
within the governorate Deir El-Balah, (18) sites within the governorate of
Khan Yunis and (11) sites within the governorate of Rafah.
Mr. Elias Kukali has further established that the margin of error was
(±3.1%) at a significance and confidence levels of (5.0%) and (95%)
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