Background A reconciliation
agreement was signed in Doha under Qatari auspices between President Mahmoud
Abbas and Mr. Khalid Mishal but the agreement has not been implemented despite
the fact that it was signed more than two months ago. Among the precepts of the
agreement is the formation of a national reconciliatory government from among
the independent intellectual experts headed by Mahmoud Abbas whose mission is
to facilitate presidential and legislative elections and which would begin the restoration
of Gaza. Such government has not been formed yet and both Fateh and Hamas lay
the blame on each other for the failure so far to implement the reconciliation
agreement and to achieve the formation of a national unity government The
Government of Dr. Salam Fayyad revealed a deficit in the budget of the
Palestinian Authority (PA) which exceeds one billion dollars and declared that
some procedures are going to be implemented to reduce the deficit.
The Results Following are the results of the Palestinian Public Opinion Poll no. 44 conducted by the Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University during the period from 6-8 April 2012. The University sponsors all polls conducted by its Center. Palestinian Public Opinion Poll no 44 undertakes Palestinian public opinion in the emerging political realities on the Palestinian scene including the Palestinian reconciliation and the possibilities of the implementation of the Doha agreement. This poll also undertakes the economic situation in the Palestinian territories, the possibility of conducting presidential, legislative and city council elections in addition to the political affiliations of Palestinian people. The sample included 1361 persons whose age group is 18 and above and who have the right to vote. The enclosed questionnaire was distributed on 800 persons from the West Bank and 500 persons from the Gaza Strip. The sample was drawn randomly and the margin of error is about ±3%; still 2.7% of the members of the sample refused to answer the questionnaire.