Palestinian Public Opinion Poll 13-15 October 2016

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Palestinian Public Opinion Poll 13-15 October 2016

Post by Zoya on Fri Oct 21, 2016 2:53 am

Following are the results of the Palestinian Public Opinion Poll conducted by the Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University (Nablus) during the period from 13-15 October 2016. The University sponsors all polls conducted by its Center.

The survey data regarding deferring the municipality and local council elections and the prospects of conducting presidential and legislative elections is omitted from this post.

The sample included 1362 people whose age group is 18 and above and who have the right to vote (862 people from the West Bank and 500 people from the Gaza Strip). The sample was drawn randomly and the margin of error is about ±3%; 1.8% of the members of the sample refused to answer the questionnaire.

UN/International Protection
• 76.2% of respondents supported submitting a proposal for a UN resolution on the Israeli settlements and the terror caused by Israeli  settlers. 
• 75.3% of respondents supported providing international protection for the Palestinian people who have been under occupation since 1967.  

Role of Great Britan in the Plight of Palestinians
• 75% of respondents supported a call from President Mahmoud Abbas on Britain to acknowledge the historical, legal, political, material, and moral responsibilities relating to the consequences of Belfour Declaration including offering an apology to the Palestinian people for the catastrophes and injustice committed against them. 
• 79% of respondents considered Britain responsible for the catastrophes that befell the Palestinian people 

French and Russian Peace Initiatives
• 55.9% of respondents supported the French Initiative which called for holding an international conference for peace in the Middle East. 
• 19.3% of respondents believed that the French Initiative to foster the possibilities of peace between Palestinians and Israelis will succeed; 63.1% believed that it will fail. 
• 49.1% of respondents supported the Russian call on President Mahmoud Abbas and the Israeli Prime Minister to meet in Moscow to reactivate the peace process. 
• 18.2% of respondents saw that the Palestinian Authority must commit itself to the Oslo Accord since Israel is not committed to it; 74% saw the opposite. 

Palestinian Security Campaign
• 63.7% of respondents supported the security campaign that the Palestinian Security apparatuses are conducting to curb the security chaos. 

• 45.7% of respondents supported the rise of a peaceful, unarmed intifada in the Palestinian Territories; 48.7% rejected that  
• 38% of respondents supported the rise of an armed intifada in the Palestinian Territories; 55.7% rejected that  
• 22.5% of respondents saw that if a Palestinian intifada takes place, a peaceful and unarmed intifada will be the best form of resistance that would serve the Palestinian cause, 20.8% said that an armed intifada would serve the Palestinian cause better, 21.7% said that both forms are useful for the Palestinian cause; 28.9% said that both forms are useless.

Palestinian State
• 46.1% of respondents supported the creation of a confederation with Jordan on the basis of two independent states with strong institutional relations. 
• 33.4% of respondents believed that there is a possibility for the creation of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders while 61.5% said that there is no such possibility.
• 36.3% of respondents supported the creation of a Palestinian state on the entire area of the 1967 borders as a final solution for the Palestinian cause while 59.4% said that there is no such possibility.  
• 22% of respondents supported the creation of a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with some land exchange as a final solution for the Palestinian cause while 72.9% rejected.  
• 18% of respondents supported the creation of a binational state for Arabs and Jews on historic Palestine as a final solution for the Palestinian cause while 78.6% rejected.  

Support for PA
• 40.7% of respondents supported dissolving the PA and merging its institutions with the PLO institutions; 49.9% rejected. 

Boycotting Israeli Goods
• 74.9% of respondents supported boycotting Israeli goods and products.
• 41.2% of respondents expected the success and endurance of the Palestinian reconciliation; 54.1% expected its failure.  
• 12.8% of the respondents said that they buy Israeli products in all cases, 37.3% said they buy Palestinian products in all cases, and 46.5% said they buy according to the quality of the item regardless of its origin.
• As for the reason why some persons are not committed to the boycott campaign of Israeli products, they attributed that to the following:
      - 64.30% The lack of trust in the quality of local products
      - 63.97% The consumer culture of some persons
      - 58.89% The lack of local substitutes for Israeli products
      - 53.60% The high prices of local products
      - 68.85% The continuous availability of the Israeli products
      - 24.40% The Israeli products are their source of income

Security Situation
• 31.4% of respondents said that the current political, security and economic circumstances compel them to desire to emigrate. 
• 47.8% of respondents expressed fear for their lives under the present circumstances.
• 60.3% of respondents said that they are pessimistic about the general Palestinian situation at this stage.
• 76.7% of respondents said that they neither feel safe for themselves nor for their families and properties under the current circumstances.

Political Affiliation
• As for political affiliation, respondents gave the following results:
People’s Party1.0%
Democratic Front0.6%
Islamic Jihad1.2%
Popular Front2.5%
Palestinian National Initiative1.0%
I am an independent nationalist5.7%
I am an independent Islamist1.7%
None of the above35.7%
Source: An-Najah National University, Nablus

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