Results of Palestinian Public Opinion Poll No. 29
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  • Hussein Ahmad

BackgroundThe PLO Central Council called for conducting early elections for the Presidency and the Legislative Council of the Palestinian Authority (PA). While Fateh supported the call, Hamas rejected it considering early elections illegitimate since the call for such elections came from an institution which, according to a Hamas leader, has already lost its validity. President Abbas has repeatedly emphasized that he will not negotiate with Hamas since it has turned its back to legitimacy and that he is no longer concerned with the Cairo accords whose terms call for reactivating the PLO to include Hamas among its members. The Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) has failed repeatedly to convene since the incidents of Gaza despite the urgent need for a PLC meeting to vote on granting a motion of confidence to the new government. On the international political level, President Bush called for an international conference (meeting) in which the PA and Israel participate, in addition to a number of Arab countries; the PA welcomed the call. Locally, the PA called on all "wanted" people to hand in their arms and join the Palestinian security apparatuses. In support of this move, Israel issued a list of the names of "wanted" people with the promise that it will cease pursuing them if they commit themselves to the PA's call. Al-Aqsa Brigades accepted the call while other factions and armed groups rejected it. In the meanwhile Israel released 250 Palestinian prisoners.
The Results Following are the results of the 29th Palestinian Public Opinion Poll conducted by the Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University during the period from 25-27 July, 2007. The University sponsors all polls conducted by its Center. Palestinian public opinion poll no. 29 undertakes the current political realities especially the incidents that took place in Gaza, the domination of Hamas over the Strip, and the consequent decrees that President Abbas issued by which he dissolved the Palestinian unity government, declared a state of emergency, and formed an emergency government. The poll also undertakes Palestinian people's attitudes towards the coming elections in addition to political affiliations. 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 861 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 3.4% of the members of the sample refused to answer the questionnaire. 

Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies, An-Najah National University, Nablus, 25-27 July 2007
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