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last updated Jan. 19, 2010
published Jan. 2, 2006
Poll No. 57, February 2006 - on Palestinian Attitudes towards the results of the PLC elections held on January 25, 2006
Read more:  negotiations, political negotiations, Palestinian politicians, factions, parliament, elections, Palestinian Legislative Council, peace process, public opinion
Summary: Significant Opinion results


• When asked if a Hamas led government should continue with the political negotiations since the PA is committed to the option of political negotiations with Israel, a majority of Palestinians (66.3%) approved while (29.6%) called for stopping the negotiations with Israel.

• With regards to the structure of the next government to be formed, a majority (58.1%) prefers a national unity government. A ratio of (24.1%) wants a Hamas government and (13.8%) prefers a technocrat government.

• When asked why they chose Hamas, the highest ratio (43.0%) of Palestinians who voted for Hamas said they did vote for Hamas with the hope of ending the corruption and a ratio of (18.8%) voted for Hamas for religious reasons. Only (11.8%) voted for Hamas because of its political agenda.

• With regards to concerns that Hamas might enforce social restrictions on the Palestinians, a majority (69.7%) said they are not worried in general while (29.6%) said they are either very worried or somewhat worried.

• With regards to the Palestinian figure trusted most by the Palestinian public, Mahmoud Abbas “Abu Mazin” remains the top figure with a ratio of (12.8%) compared with (15.5%) last December and (24.8%) in May 2005. Ismail Hanieh got the second ranking with a ratio of (10.7%) and Khaled Mash'al came in third place with (8.5%). Marwan Barghouthi came in fourth place with a ratio of (5.8%).

• When asked about the Palestinian political or religious faction they trust most, a ratio of (38.7%) of Palestinians said they trust Hamas Movement compared with (18.5%) last December while a ratio of (30.6%) of Palestinians said they trust Fatah compared with (38.9%) last December.

• When asked if the PLC elections happen another time today, a ratio of (41.4%) said they would give their votes to the Change and Reform List (Hamas) while (31%) said they would vote for Fatah List.
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Documents
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Publications
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Background
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Resources
"Netanyahu's economic peace," Bitterlemons, Nov. 24, 2008
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FACTBOX - Solutions proposed to Israel-Palestinian conflict, Alastair Macdonald, Reuters, February 24, 2010


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