Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) : Survey Research Unit


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PSR's survey research team has conducted over 75 public opinion polls during the past seven years (See CPRS Polls). It has a track record of conducting highly reliable, policy relevant, and informative surveys. Members of PSR Survey Research Unit have been engaged in several types of survey research activities including regular public opinion polls, a democracy index, and empirical studies of transition to democracy. The first provides the background experience and the needed infrastructure for the proposed project. The second and third provide the experience needed for designing categories, operationalizing them, collecting data, and designing a sophisticated scale for measurement and weighting.

PSR survey research team has also conducted a national exit poll, a comprehensive socio-political survey, several student elections surveys, a major regional poll, and several joint polls with partners in neighboring countries. PSR Survey Research Unit has a highly trained team of 120 fieldworkers and supervisors who are continuously updated on various means of effective interview techniques and survey methodology. Data collectors are trained in sampling techniques, and survey and fieldwork methods.

PSR Survey Research Unit is known and respected internationally for its polling work and for its efforts to further objective survey research methodology in the area. Poll results are used by a wide variety of individuals and organizations, including political leaders, researchers, local and foreign press, diplomatic community members, and local grassroots institutions. The results of the polls are disseminated through publication in local and international press, lectures and meetings, in addition to the PSR mailing list of academic researchers, think tanks, diplomatic missions, and others. The Unit is committed to providing scholarly and objective analysis.

Currently, SRU conducts a minimum of four regular polls annually. These polls focus on governance (the reform process, perception of governmental performance, transition to democracy, corruption, and political affiliation) and the peace process (support and opposition for the peace process, violence, trust of Israeli leaders and people, and expectations regarding the outcome of negotiations and the emergence of a Palestinian state).