PSR - Survey Research Unit: Poll No. 38  - Press Release


PSR Poll No. (38)

 

21 December 2010  

 

 

PRESS RELEASE

Palestinian Public Opinion Poll No (38)

In the aftermath of the decision by the Supreme Court of Justice:

Overwhelming majority asks the government of Salam Fayyad to hold local elections

16-18 December 2010    

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 16-18 December 2010. Total size of the sample is 1270 adults interviewed face to face in 127 randomly selected locations. Margin of error is 3%. Few days before the conduct of this poll, the Supreme Court of Justice in Ramallah ruled as illegal the decision made last July by the government of Salam Fayyad to cancel local elections scheduled to take place in that same month.

 

For further details, contact PSR director, Dr. Khalil Shikaki, or Walid Ladadweh at tel 02-296 4933 or email pcpsr@pcpsr.org.

 

Findings show that 70% of the Palestinian public believe that now in the aftermath of the decision by the Supreme Court of Justice to annul the decision of the government of Salam Fayyad to cancel local elections, the government should hold local elections. 24% believe that the government should not hold local elections. Demand for local elections is higher in the West Bank (79%) than in the Gaza Strip (57%). It is worth noting that last June a majority of 56% of West Bank residents expressed its wish to participate in the local elections scheduled for July and that 51% of the Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip believed at that time that these elections would be fair while 37% believed they would not be fair. Last March, support for holding local elections stood at 54% (60% in the West Bank and 46% in the Gaza Strip

 

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* This survey was conducted with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in Ramallah.

 

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