PSR - Survey Research Unit: Public Opinion Poll # 6

Results of Public Opinion Poll # (6)
14-22 November 2002

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

01. The US, Russia, the European Community and the UN, the so called "Quartet", have put forward a "roadmap" for the implementation of a final settlement within 3 years. The plan includes a demand for political reforms in the Palestinian authority including a constitution and election of a strong Prime Minister, stopping the incitement and violence on both sides under the Quartet's supervision, a demand for freeze on settlements and the establishment of a Palestinian State within provisional borders by the end of next year. The next phase will see negotiations on the final borders under the hospices of an international conference. Do you support or oppose this initiative?

1. Strongly support

8.7

8.7

8.7

2. Support

45.3

44.5

46.5

3. Oppose

31.0

33.0

27.7

4. Strongly oppose

10.9

9.3

13.5

5. No answer/no opinion

4.1

4.4

3.6

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

02. Now that the Quartet members including the US have been working toward developing this "roadmap", what do you expect to happen next?

1. Negotiations will resume soon enough and armed confrontations will stop

15.6

15.4

15.8

2. Negotiations will resume but some armed attacks will continue

36.3

34.9

38.6

3. Armed confrontations will not stop and the two sides will not return to negotiations

41.8

42.3

41.0

4. Don't know/no opinion

6.3

7.4

4.6

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

03. The Palestinian president presented his new government to the PLC on Oct. 29. Would you give this government a vote of confidence?

1. Definitely Yes

6.1

6.6

5.3

2. Yes

33.9

32.1

36.8

3. No

40.0

41.5

37.4

4. Definitely No

11.3

9.0

15.0

5. Do not know/no opinion

8.7

10.8

5.3

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

04. Do you believe that new government will be able to do the following:

4-1 Carry out the political reforms you seek

1. Definitely yes

3.7

3.7

3.8

2. Yes

33.4

33.1

33.9

3. No

44.5

47.0

40.4

4. Definitely no

12.5

9.7

17.0

5. Do not know/ no opinion

5.9

6.5

5.0

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

4-2 Fight corruption

1. Definitely yes

3.8

3. 3

4. 6

2. Yes

33.5

33.7

33.3

3. No

44.9

47.0

41.6

4. Definitely no

11.8

8.6

17.0

5. Do not know/ no opinion

5.9

7.4

3.6

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

4-3 Improve economic conditions

1. Definitely yes

3.1

2.5

4.2

2. Yes

34.7

34.0

35.8

3. No

45.5

47.3

42.6

4. Definitely no

11.6

9.5

15.0

5. Do not know/ no opinion

5.1

6.8

2.4

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

4-4 Manage relations with Israel the way you want it

1. Definitely yes

2.5

2.5

2.6

2. Yes

23.6

23.8

23.4

3. No

50.0

53.1

45.0

4. Definitely no

16.2

12.2

22.6

5. Do not know/ no opinion

7.7

8.5

6.5

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

05. There are internal and external calls for wide and fundamental domestic reforms and changes in the institutions and authorities of the Palestinian Authority. Do you support or oppose these calls?

1. Strongly support

24.6

23.4

26.6

2. Support

60.4

62.1

57.5

3. Oppose

10.6

11.0

9.9

4. Strongly oppose

2.8

1.7

4.6

5. No answer/no opinion

1.6

1.7

1.4

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

06. The following measures are among the proposed reform steps. Tell us if you support or oppose each

06-1 The appointment or election of a prime minister

1. Strongly support

13.0

12.9

13.1

2. Support

59.5

61.9

55.8

3. Oppose

19.4

18.9

20.0

4. Strongly oppose

4.6

2.5

7.9

5. No answer/ no opinion

3.6

3.8

3.2

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

06-2 Changing the Palestinian presidential system to a parliamentary system in which power resides in the hands of a prime minister while the position of the president is ceremonial?

1. Strongly support

8.0

8.1

7.7

2. Support

38.9

40.7

35.9

3. Oppose

39.4

39.9

38.7

4. Strongly oppose

9.3

5.8

14.9

5. No answer/ no opinion

4.5

5.5

2.8

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

07. In democratic systems of government, periodic political elections take place, the president is elected for a limited period only, political parties are formed in full freedom and compete in the elections, the press enjoys freedom with no state censorship, the judiciary is independent of the executive authority, and human rights are respected. Tell us first if you support or oppose this system as a whole and then weather you support or oppose each of the features separately:

07-1 The democratic system as a whole

1. Strongly support

32.7

28.9

38.9

2. Support

55.0

59.0

48.4

3. Oppose

9.3

9.2

9.3

4. Strongly oppose

1.3

0.7

2.2

5. Do not know/ No opinion

1.7

2.1

1.2

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

07-2 The holding of periodic political elections

1. Strongly support

29.1

25.3

35.2

2. Support

64.5

68.3

58.4

3. Oppose

4.7

4.4

5.1

4. Strongly oppose

0.5

0.5

0.4

5. Do not know/ No opinion

1.2

1.5

0.8

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

07-3 The election of the president for a limited period only

1. Strongly support

23.5

20.8

27.9

2. Support

54.7

61.0

44.6

3. Oppose

18.1

15.4

22.4

4. Strongly oppose

2.0

0.9

3.8

5. Do not know/ No opinion

1.7

2.0

1.4

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

07-4 Full freedom to form political parties

1. Strongly support

19.9

18.0

23.0

2. Support

55.7

57.6

52.5

3. Oppose

19.6

19.8

19.2

4. Strongly oppose

2.2

1.1

4.0

5. Do not know/ No opinion

2.7

3.4

1.4

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

07-5 Free press with no state censorship

1. Strongly support

23.9

22.8

25.7

2. Support

49.9

55.7

40.6

3. Oppose

22.0

18.2

28.1

4. Strongly oppose

2.1

1.5

3.2

5. Do not know/ No opinion

2.0

1.8

2.4

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

07-6 Judiciary independent of the executive

1. Strongly support

26.4

25.0

28.8

2. Support

48.8

52.9

42.3

3. Oppose

19.8

17.7

23.2

4. Strongly oppose

1.6

0.4

3.6

5. Do not know/ No opinion

3.3

4.1

2.2

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

07-7Respect for human rights

1. Strongly support

52.5

46.6

62.0

2. Support

45.4

50.9

36.6

3. Oppose

1.0

1.2

0.6

4. Strongly oppose

0.4

0.4

0.4

5. Do not know/ No opinion

0.7

0.9

0.4

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

08. If you want to evaluate the status of democracy and human rights under the Palestinian Authority, you would say it is:

1. Very Good

2.5

2.3

2.8

2. Good

16.6

17.6

15.0

3. Fair

28.4

28.8

27.7

4. Bad

28.1

27.9

28.5

5. Very Bad

22.4

20.7

25.1

6. Don't Know/ No Opinion

2.0

2.7

0.8

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

09. And what are the chances that a democratic system will be established in a future Palestinian State?

1. Very slim chances

12.4

12.7

12.1

2. Slim chances

24.8

24.7

25.0

3. Medium chances

39.0

38.6

39.6

4. High chances

14.3

14.4

14.3

5. Very high chances

2.8

1.7

4.6

6. Do not know/ no opinion

6.6

7.9

4.6

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

10. How do you evaluate the status of democracy in Israel?

1. Very Good

37.3

35.5

40.0

2. Good

28.2

28.7

27.5

3. Fair

11.9

13.7

9.1

4. Bad

12.3

11.9

12.9

5. Very Bad

4.7

4.2

5.5

6. Don't Know/ No Opinion

5.6

6.0

5.0

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

11. Some say that democratic countries do not fight each other. Do you think this is true or untrue?

1. True

23.2

22.7

24.0

2. Untrue

68.5

68.1

69.1

3. Do not know/ no opinion

8.4

9.2

6.9

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

12. In your opinion, can people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip criticize the Palestinian Authority without fear?

1. Yes

54.2

53.1

55.8

2. No

43.3

43.5

43.0

3. Do not know/ no opinion

2.5

3.3

1.2

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

13. The Palestinian Authority announced its intention to hold general political elections for the president and the Legislative Council. Are you going to participate in those elections?

1. Definitely yes

28.3

24.6

34.3

2. Yes

45.0

47.1

41.5

3. No

19.4

21.9

15.3

4. Definitely no

5.4

4.2

7.3

5. Do not know/ no opinion

2.0

2.2

1.6

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

14. In pursuing its work, the Palestinian Authority sometimes may confront situations in which there might be a contradiction between frof the press and human rights and what the Authority may see as a national interest. In such situations, which of the following positions do you support?

1. Guaranteeing freedom of the press & human rights according to the law.

74.4

74.3

74.7

2. What the Palestinian Authority sees as a national interest including the imposition of restrictions on press freedom and Palestinian human rights, if the authority sees aneed for that.

21.1

19.8

23.2

3. Do not know/ no opinion

4.5

5.9

2.2

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

15. Work is underway to draft a Palestinian constitution for the state of Palestine. Do you believe that the constitution should guarantee the following:

15-1 Equality between women and men including the right of the woman to become president of the state of Palestine

1. Definitely yes

14.9

16.0

13.1

2. Yes

38.0

44.7

27.1

3. No

33.2

31.7

35.6

4. Definitely no

12.6

6.1

23.0

5. Do not know/ No opinion

1 .4

1.5

1.2

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

15-2 Equality between women and men including the right of the women to divorce her husband in the same way a man has that right

1. Definitely yes

6.3

7.4

4.6

2. Yes

19.0

24.6

10.1

3. No

48.1

51.6

42.6

4. Definitely no

24.6

14.6

40.6

5. Do not know/ No opinion

2.0

1.8

2.2

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

15-3 Equality between women and men including the right of the woman to give citizenship to her children even if her husband is not Palestinian just as the man has that right if his wife was not Palestinian

1. Definitely yes

13.4

12.3

15.2

2. Yes

47.6

54.1

37.0

3. No

27.9

26.0

31.1

4. Definitely no

8.3

5.0

13.5

5. Do not know/ No opinion

2.8

2.6

3.2

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

15-4 Equality between Palestinian Muslims and Christians including the right of a Christian citizen to become the president of the state of Palestine

1. Definitely yes

6.4

8.2

3.6

2. Yes

28.7

32.8

22.2

3. No

43.3

43.9

42.4

4. Definitely no

19.0

11.4

31.1

5. Do not know/ No opinion

2.6

3.7

0.8

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

16. After reaching a peace agreement between the Palestinian people and Israel and the establishment of a Palestinian state that is recognized by Israel, would you support or oppose the process of reconciliation between the state of Palestine and the state of Israel?

1. Strongly support

14.4

12.7

17.2

2. Support

58.2

61.7

52.7

3. Oppose

17.4

18.9

15.0

4. Strongly oppose

8.7

5.3

14.3

5. No answer/no opinion

1.2

1.5

0.8

 

Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

17. After reaching a peace agreement between the Palestinian people and Israel and the establishment of a Palestinian state that is recognized by Israel, how soon do you think will reconciliation between the two peoples be achieved?

1. Reconciliation is not possible ever

40.0

38.1

43.2

2. Only in many generations to come

14.8

15.8

13.1

3. Only in the next generation

10.0

10.1

9.9

4. Only in the next decade

7.1

7.1

7.1

5. On the next few years

18.3

17.3

19.8

6. No Opinion /Don't know

9.8

11.5

6.9

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