poll no. 172 dated August 30, 2010 published by Palestinian Center for Public Opinion (PCPO).

poll no. 172 dated August 30, 2010 published by Palestinian Center for Public Opinion (PCPO).
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Beit Sahour
Salam Fayyad
Nabil Kukali
Avigdor Lieberman
Moshe Ahrens
George Mitchell
Barack Obama
Ismael Haniyyeh
Elias Kukali
Palestinian Center for Public Opinion
Research and Studies
Haniyyeh’s government
Salam Fayyad ‘s government
yyad’s government

 The most recent poll prepared by Dr. Nabil Kukali, conducted and published by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion revealed that:
Around one- third (31.7 %) of the Palestinian public are in favor of starting the direct negotiations,  (31.1 %) are in  favor of continuing the indirect talks and
(31.1 %) plead for the freeze of the negotiations.
An overwhelming majority (86.7 %) of the Palestinians oppose the political options proposed   by the former Israeli Minister of Defense, Moshe Ahrens.
An overwhelming majority (90.7 %) of the Palestinian people oppose the call of the present Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs, Avigdor Lieberman, to have Gaza Strip annexed to Egypt.
A clear majority (79.4 %) of the Palestinian public believe that the visit of the US-envoy, George Mitchell, will not lead to any progress in the peace process.
Two thirds of the Palestinians do not believe that the US-President Barack Obama is capable of establishing a Palestinian state.
More than half of the Palestinians prefer the two-state solution, a State of Israel and a State of Palestine side by side, rather than the solution of the bi-national state.

Beit Sahour – Public Relations Section:
The most recent poll prepared by Dr. Nabil Kukali, conducted  and published by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion (PCPO) during the period from August 2 to 10, 2010, covered a random sample of (1010) 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 the different perspectives of the Palestinians regarding the negotiations with Israel. Only one third of the Palestinians, specifically (31.7 %), are in favor of starting the direct negotiations with Israel, whilst another third (31.1 %) are for the continuation of the indirect talks, and the last third, namely (31.1 %) plead for the freeze of the negotiations.
Dr. Nabil Kukali, founder and Director-General of the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, said that the majority of the Palestinians, almost two thirds, are in favor of  negotiating with the Israelis, regardless of whether direct or indirect talks. “This indicates clearly”, Dr. Kukali said “that the Palestinian people chose the strategy of peace”. He continued that the Palestinians are by nature optimistic people, who are longing for peace whatever the obstacles they encounter might be. Dr. Kukali further added that the Palestinians do hope to reach an agreement that puts an end to the weary occupation and establish their own independent state. He noted that the Palestinians expect through the direct negotiations with Israel to receive a substantial support from the Arab and Islamic states as well as an increased international pressure on Israel and its exposure, for that is the only way that would force Israel to give up its obstinacy. Dr. Kukali suggested that Israel should prove to the world its commitment to peace by accepting the negotiations on core issues such as the final borders, future of Jerusalem and the Palestinian refugees and to show good intentions to the conclusion of a peace agreement with the Palestinians before the end of 2011. He indicated that the success of negotiations will largely depend on the extent of resolve of the US-President, Barack Obama, and his administration in exerting a real pressure on the Israeli side. “Without this”, Dr. Kukali said, “Netanyahu would not respond to any just and final demands”.
Nevertheless, a considerable majority of the Palestinian public, precisely two thirds (66.0 %), feel that the US-President is incapable of establishing a Palestinian state, and that four from five Palestinians believe that the visits made by the US-envoy, George Mitchell, would not lead to any progress in the peace process. Despite this pessimistic prognosis, Dr. Kukali pleads that all the Palestinians should support the Palestinian negotiator, improve the negotiation atmosphere and reactivate the power elements that back him (the Palestinian negotiator) rather than uttering accusations and placing obstacles.        
In conclusion, Dr. Kukali said that the overwhelming majority of the Palestinian people positively evaluated the attitude of the Palestinian PM, Dr. Salam Fayyad, in combating corruption, in the issues of security and reform.


Dr. Nabil Kukali said the results of the poll were as follows:

Press sources mentioned that the former Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe   Ahrens called for a review of political options to the current situation, breach of realities in the Israeli policy , annex of the West Bank to Israel and granting its population the Israeli citizenship. Do you support this or not?

Response Percentage
1. Yes, I support it 10.5
2. No, I object it 86.7
3. DK  (Don’t Read) 2.8

The present Israeli Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, called for the transformation of Gaza Strip into a separate entity cut off the Palestinian Territories and to burden Egypt with the responsibility for it.  Do you support or oppose this?

Response Percentage
1. Yes, I support it 7.2
2. No, I object it 90.7
3. DK  (Don’t Read) 2.1

The United States seeks presently through its envoy to the peace process, George Mitchell, to urge both parties, the Palestinians and the Israelis, to hold direct negotiations. What would you recommend the Palestinian leadership to do now?  (Read 1 – 3).

Response Percentage
1.To accept the direct negotiations 31.7
2.To resume the indirect negotiations 31.7
3.To halt the negotiations 31.1
4.Don’t know / refuse  5.5



The US-envoy for the peace process to the Middle East, George Mitchell, is paying these days a visit to the region and holding talks with both, the Palestinian and Israeli leaderships. Do you believe that his visit would effect a progress on the pace process, or not?  (Read 1 – 2).

Response Percentage
1. Yes 16.0
2. No 79.4
3. DK  (Don’t Read) 4.6

Do you believe, in general, that the US-President, Mr. Barack Obama, is in a position to establish a Palestinian state, or not ?  (Read 1 – 2).

Response Percentage
1. Yes 32.3
2. No 65.8
3. DK  (Don’t Read) 1.9

Some people believe that the two-states formula is the preferable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, while others believe that historic Palestine cannot be divided into two states, and therefore the preferable solution for them is one bi-national state all over Palestine, in which Israelis and Palestinians enjoy equal representation and equal rights. Which of the two solutions do you prefer?  (Read 1-2)

Response Percentage
1.I prefer the two-state solution: an Israeli state and a Palestinian state 54.8
2.I prefer the solution of the one bi-national state all over Palestine 26.7
3. I prefer another solution 7.6
4. There is no solution for this conflict. 4.9
5. I don’t know / Refuse 6.0



The Palestinian people experienced governments, in which Fateh constituted the majority of their members, and other governments, in which Hamas constituted the majority. Now we have a government with a majority of independents.  Which of the above types of government, do you think, would best serve, based on experience, the interests of the Palestinian people?

Response Percentage
1.A government with a Hamas majority 14.0
2.A government with a Fateh majority 33.2
3.A government with a majority of independents 47.0
4.Don’t know / refuse 5.8

How do you evaluate the performance of Salam Fayyad ‘s government at present in the West Bank compared with the performance of the government of the deposed Prime Minister Ismael Haniyyeh in Gaza. Would you say the performance of Fayyad’s government is better or worse than the performance of Haniyyeh’s government?  (Read 1 – 3)

Response Percentage
1.The performance of Fayyad’s government is better than that of Haniyyeh’s government 54.4
2.The performance of Fayyad’s government is equal to that of Haniyyeh’s government 22.8
3.The performance of Fayyad’s government is worse than that of Haniyyeh’s government 17.0
4.I don’t know / Refuse 1.7

Do you think that the present Salam Fayyad’s government contributed to the advance of the reform process in the Palestinian Authority, or to its retrogression, or has no any influence on the current reform process? (Read 1 – 3)

Response Percentage
1.Contributed to advance the reform process in the PA 57.1
2.Contributed to the regress of the reform process in the PA 9.5
3.Has no any influence on the current reform process 27.7
4.Don’t know 4.4
5.Refuse to answer 1.3

In general, do you think that the rate of corruption under the present Salam Fayyad’s government has increased, decreased, or didn’t change? (Read 1 – 3)

Response Percentage
1.The rate of corruption has increased 14.4
2.The rate of corruption has decreased 52.0
3.The rate of corruption didn’t change 28.6
4.Don’t know 4.4
5.Refuse to answer 1.3

In general, do you think that the internal security and safety under the present Salam Fayyad’s government improved, became worse, or remained unchanged?  (Read 1 – 3)

Response Percentage
1.Security and safety improved 43.8
2.Security and safety became worse       15.5
3.Security and safety remained unchanged 35.7
4.Don’t know 3.8
5. Refuse to answer. 1.3

Response Percentage
 1. Good 32.7
 2. Mediocre 39.7
 3. Bad 27.6
12) How would you rate your economic situation in general?      

13) Up to which extent are you worried at present about the subsistence of your family ? 
Response Percentage
 1. Very much worried 27.9
 2. Worried 39.2
 3. Not so much worried 24.1
 4. Not worried at all 8.7
 5. Don’t know 0.1


14) What is your main concern at present?
Response Percentage
 1. Job / money 43.5
 2. Security 10.6
 3. Health 15.8
 4. The future 30.0
 5. Don’t know 0.2

15) Given an assessment scale from (1) to (10), where (1) stands for "very much dissatisfied" and (10) for "very much satisfied", how would you assess your satisfaction or dissatisfaction, in general, with the life you're living?

Answer from (1) to (10): The outcome was in average: 4.46

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 (+- 3.03 %) at a confidence level of (95 %). He added that the rate of the female respondents in this survey was (49.5 %) and that of the male respondents was (50.5%) . The distribution of the random sample between the Palestinian two major regions was (63.8 %) in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and (36.2 %) in Gaza Strip, allocated as follows: (52.2 %) urban areas, (31.5 %) rural areas and (16.3 %) refugee camps. The average age of the sample respondents was (34.0) years.


About PCPO:

The Palestinian Center for Public Opinion (PCPO) was founded in February 1994 in Beit Sahour by Dr. Nabil Kukali, who became the director of this center since that time.

Since that time we are dedicated to the following activities:

1) Conducting public opinion surveys.
2) Omnibus polls and services.
3) Market studies on all kinds of trading activities.
4) Surveys of consumer attitudes, consumption habits, and market shares.
5) Communication researches.
6) Focus group sessions and workshops on various topics.
7) Rendering services in the field of investment, including feasibility studies.
8) In-depth interviews & brainstorming workshops.
9) Translation services from Arabic into English, German & Hebrew and vice-versa.

PCPO is now a name for reliability, credibility and experience not only in Palestine, but all over the world.
Find out more about us, along with the latest polls at  www.pcpo.org





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