The most recent poll of the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion (PCPO) prepared by Dr. Nabil Kukali has revealed that:
(46.8 %) of the Palestinian support the Palestinian government’s decision postponing the local municipal councils’ elections until further notice.
Beit Sahour – Section of Public Relations:
The most recent poll prepared by Dr. Nabil Kukali, conducted and published by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion during the period from June 17 to July 2nd, 2010, covered a random sample of (1002) respondents representing the various demographic specimens of adult Palestinians (18 years and above) living in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip. The poll revealed that a great majority of the Palestinians, reaching (69.3 %), support the intention of the PA President Mahmoud Abbas to pay a visit to Gaza in the near future.
Dr. Nabil Kukali, Director-General of the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, said that after a good while of indirect talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis there is a general feeling among the Palestinians that these talks will fail. It’s obvious, so believe the Palestinians, that Israel permanently tries to undermine the requirements of the negotiation process. More than half of the Palestinian public, specifically(53.3 %), doesn’t trust the Israeli intentions and believe that the Israelis are not concerned about making peace with the Palestinians.
Dr. Kukali further added that a clear majority of the Palestinians are of the opinion that the party most benefiting from the flotillas sent to break the Gaza blockade are the Gazans themselves, for the blockade levied by Israel on Gaza Strip is seen as a form of collective punishment. The pressing necessity arises now to lift this unjust blockade as to put an end to this unbearable hardship the people in Gaza Strip are suffering from.
In his comments on the results of this poll, Dr. Kukali mentioned that the confidence of the Palestinians in Hamas leadership has increased by (18.7 %) compared with the results of the poll conducted in April. This rise in confidence, Dr. Kukali stated, may be attributed to the popular solidarity against the Israeli assault on the humanitarian aid flotilla heading to Gaza as well as to the opening of the border crossings between Gaza Strip and Egypt by the Egyptian government, and last, but not least, to the blockade easing measures announced, and partly applied by the Israelis themselves. “All this”, Dr. Kukali said, “has obviously contributed to the sudden rise of the popular confidence in Hamas leadership. This rise in confidence comes unexpectedly from the West Bank, where Hamas scored (41.3 %) against (19.8 %) in their domain in Gaza Strip, giving an overall result of (33.7 %) “.
Regarding Fateh, the popular confidence in its leadership in the West Bank (48.2 %) and in Gaza Strip (42.1 %) is almost balanced, giving an overall result of (46.0 %) throughout the Palestinian territories. This outcome however indicates that Fateh has still in Gaza Strip numerically more than the double of Hamas supporters.
With respect to the US peace commitment, Dr. Kukali pointed out that there is among the Palestinians an increasing feeling of frustration due to the inability of the United States to exert more pressure on Israel as to stop the settlement activities, particularly in East Jerusalem, and to make a progress towards the peace process. This could indicate a clear retreat from the US commitment declared by President Barack Obama to put an end to the Israeli occupation, to establish a Palestinian state and to achieve a comprehensive and just peace in the region.
Dr. Nabil Kukali said the results of the poll were as follows:
01) The Palestinian government with Salam Fayyad as its Prime Minister has declared the postponement of the municipal council elections until further notice. Are you with or against the postponement decision?
02) What do you think is the main reason that induced the Palestinian Prime Minister, Mr. Salam Fayyad, to postpone the date of the local municipal elections?
03) In general, to which extent are you content with the mechanism applied for setting up the candidates’ lists during the preparation period for the municipal councils’ elections, which are postponed until further notice?
04) Having experienced now the process of setting up the candidate’s lists for the municipal council elections, do you think that the proportional representation (list system) is better than the system applied in 2006 (voting for individual candidates and winning by majority of the votes) or vice versa?
05) Who, you believe, is mostly benefiting from the flotillas sent to break the Gaza blockade?
06) How would you rate the meeting of the PA President Abu Mazin with the US-President Barack Obama?
07) Do you think the present US-administration under the President Barack Obama would back the plan of recognizing a Palestinian state within the next two years irrespective of its approval or disapproval by Israel?
08) Do you think, in general, the United States of America strongly support, somewhat support, somewhat doesn’t support, or doesn’t support at all Israel?
09) What are your anticipations of the success chances of the indirect Israeli-Palestinian negotiations? Will they succeed or fail in reaching an agreement of permanent peace?
10) Do you expect the realization of a peace agreement between the Palestinians and the Israelis next year?
11) Do you think the Israelis are concerned about making peace with the Palestinians?
12) Assuming the negotiations between the Palestinians and the Israelis would fail, do you expect the outbreak of a third Intifada?
13) Are you more optimistic or pessimistic than in the past regarding the possibility of reaching a final solution accord between Israel and the Palestinians?
14) Do you think that the Palestinians must renounce their right of home return, which Israel will never accept, in exchange for having an independent Palestinian state and the conclusion of a peace deal with Israel?
15) If the Palestinian leadership would waive the right of home return in exchange for a financial compensation, would you accept or refuse that?
16) Some people have confidence in Hamas political leadership, others in Fateh political leadership, whilst others have no confidence in both leaderships. Which of the following statements is closer to your opinion?
17) The internal fighting in Gaza led to the split of Gaza Strip from the West Bank and the creation of two separate governments, one in Gaza and the other in the West Bank. What is – in your opinion – the most feasible solution for the settlement of this problem?
18) Do you support or oppose the intention of the PA President, Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, to pay a visit to Gaza Strip in the near future?
19) Do you watch daily the World Cup Football Competition on TV?
20) Which of the following football teams do you expect to win the FIFA World Cup?
Methodology of the Survey Study:
Mr. Elias Kukali, a staff member of the Research and Studies’ Section at the PCPO, said that all interviews of this survey were conducted inside the respondents’ homes, i.e. face-to-face during different working hours, at least five hours a’ day, including the evening time, in order to ensure proper presentation of those sub-groups of the population, which would otherwise be difficult to reach and selecting one individual in each household using the Last Birthday Method. The choices were taken from a total of (156) election sites, from which (117) are located in the West Bank and (39) sites in Gaza Strip.
Mr. E. Kukali has further established that the margin of error in this poll was (+- 3.09 %) at a confidence level of (95 %). He added that the rate of the female respondents in this survey was (49.4 %) and that of the male respondents was (50.6%) . The distribution of the random sample between the Palestinian two major regions was (64.4 %) in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and (35.6 %) in Gaza Strip, allocated as follows: (52.7 %) urban areas, (31.1 %) rural areas and (16.2 %) refugee camps. The average age of the sample respondents was (34.8) years.
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