The Likelihood, Consequences and Policy Implications of PA Collapse or Dissolution:
January 2013-February 2014
PSR has initiated in January 2013 a policy research project that aimed at exploring Palestinian conditions and options in the day after the PA ceases to function. The initiative sought to produce a series of expert papers focusing on the main challenging areas of the “day after” in Palestinian political, social, financial, economic, and security life.
The initiative’s point of departure is that the PA may collapse or may decide to dissolve itself in the near future under the heavy weight of various financial and political pressures. [More]
Security Sector and Justice System Index
March 2011 - April 2012
PSR had conducted three polls on Security Sector and Justice System Reform. These polls were conducted in three waves between April 2011 and April 2012. Specifically: wave (I): April 28th – May 1st, 2011; wave (II): September 22nd - 24th, and 29th – October, 1st, 201; and wave (III)*: March, 28th – April, 1st, 2012. The goal of the surveys has been to assess public expectations and perception of the capacity, performance, reforms, role and other aspects of the security sector including relevant aspects of the justice system. [More]
Success of reconciliation creates great expectations and restores confidence in the PA; meanwhile a majority does not view reconciliation as closing the door to negotiations with Israel; to the contrary, a majority supports the two-state solution and wants the conciliation government to accept existing agreements with Israel.
This joint survey was conducted with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Ramallah
5-7 June 2014
These are the results of the latest poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip between 5-7 June 2014. The period before the poll witnessed the success of the reconciliation talks between Fatah and Hamas and the formation of a reconciliation government headed by Rami al Hamdallah. Israeli-Palestinian negotiations were suspended for more than two months before the conduct of the poll and the US efforts in this regard came to a halt. This press release covers public perception of the process of internal reconciliation, public evaluation of the general West Bank and Gaza conditions, elections, public satisfaction with the performance of President Mahmud Abbas, the internal balance of power between Fateh and Hamas, and others. Total size of the sample is 1270 adults interviewed face to face in 127 randomly selected locations. Margin of error is 3%.
For further details, contact PSR director, Dr. Khalil Shikaki, or Walid Ladadweh at tel 02-296 4933 or email@example.com.
Findings of the second quarter of 2014 show a great deal of public optimism about matters related to the reconciliation agreement: a majority believes the agreement will be implemented, that economic conditions will improve, that the Rafah crossing with Egypt will reopen, that the state of public liberties will improve and detentions on political grounds will stop, that elections will take place on time after six months, and that the Arab states will fulfill their promises to financially support the Palestinian Authority. Indeed, the success of reconciliation efforts have restored confidence in the PA, as the public now sees it as an accomplishment that must be protected.
Findings show that a majority favors changing the status quo at the Rafah crossing with Egypt by deploying presidential guard units at that crossing. Yet, the majority also favors continued Hamas control over security in the Gaza Strip on temporary basis up until the holding of elections. Findings also show that Hamas’ popularity has increased somewhat. Similarly, public satisfaction with Abbas has increased; if presidential elections were to take place today, he would win.......More