Background The Arab states handed to the Security Council a draft resolution that
condemns the Israeli settlement-building in the West
Bank and East Jerusalem but the United States vetoed the resolution. A series
of youth revolutions occurred in some Arab countries calling for replacing the dominating
regimes with new democracies, and for promoting social justice among all the
citizens of their societies. President
Mahmoud Abbas entrusted Salam Fayyad with forming a new government after the
resignation of his previous government. The Palestinian Government revealed an
intention to conduct presidential, legislative and city council elections
without specifying a new date for conducting them. The division between the
West Bank and the Gaza Strip persists and each side adheres to its precepts
without any signs for an imminent end of this division.
Following are the results of the Palestinian Public Opinion Poll no. 42 conducted by the Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University during the period from 24-26 February 2011. The University sponsors all polls conducted by its Center. Palestinian Public Opinion Poll no. 42 undertakes Palestinian public opinion in the emerging political realities on the Palestinian scene, especially the intention to conduct presidential, legislative and city council elections, the formation of a new Palestinian Government led by Dr. Salam Fayyad, the consequences of the American veto against the Security Council draft resolution submitted by Arab states that condemns the Israeli settlement building in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, the performance of the Governments of Salam Fayyad and IsmailHaniyeh in addition to political affiliations The sample included 1360 persons whose age group is 18 and above and who have the right to vote. The enclosed questionnaire was distributed on 860 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 1.7% of the members of the sample refused to answer the questionnaire.