Background Employees at public institutions
went into an open strike after six months of not receiving their salaries and
after the absence of any hope in the horizon for the Palestinian Government to
secure a regular payment of their salaries. The strike was interpreted by some
as an attempt to cause the Government to collapse; others saw the strike as a
legal right that aims to enable employees to obtain their financial rights
without any political intentions. On the other side of the scene, President Abbas and Prime Minister Hanyyia are
leading negotiations to arrive at an agreement to form a national coalition
government according to an agenda that would be approved by all Palestinian
factions, particularly Hamas and Fateh.
Within the current political, financial and security crisis that the Palestinian people in the 1967 occupied territories are going through, some voices arose calling for a comprehensive solution for all of these problems. Some called for dissolving the Palestinian Authority after questioning its expediency; others called for new Presidential and PLC elections as a possible solution for the deteriorating political, economic and security realities. Such voices, however, fall on deaf ears as the official level is concerned; be it the Presidency or the Government.
The Results Following are the results of the 23rd Palestinian Public Opinion Poll conducted by the Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University during the period from September 7 to 9, 2006. The University sponsors all polls conducted by its Center.
This poll undertakes the Palestinian public opinion with reference to the new political realities, particularly the strike of government employees, the formation of a national coalition government, conducting early presidential and PLC elections, Palestinian views of methods and forms of resistance and an assessment of the performance of Palestinian institutions, particularly universities.