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last updated Jan. 19, 2010
published May 7, 2006
Poll No. 54, May 2005 - On Palestinian Attitudes Towards The Palestinian Political Issues
Read more:  parliament, elections, factions, Palestinian politicians, Palestinian Legislative Council, Palestinian Authority, peace process, public opinion
Summary: Significant Opinion results

* There is a significant increase in ratio of Palestinians who consider the religious factor as an important factor when voting in the next Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) elections.  

* A large majority of Palestinians (75.1%) want to participate in the next PLC elections.

* In case the elections programs are based on choice between fundamentalist trends versus secular trends, the largest ratio of Palestinians (48.6%) said it will choose the fundamentalist trends.

* The poll shows there is a clear majority (60.5%) of Palestinians who oppose the PLC member to be a minister in the government at the same time.

* Mahmoud Abbas got the highest ratio of trust (24.8%) while (32.9%) said they don’t trust any figure.

* The poll results show slight decline in Fatah Movement popularity while Hamas Movement maintained a consistent ratio of trust with an increase in ratio of Palestinians who do not trust any faction.

* There is a notable rise in ratio of Palestinians who oppose the continuation of the Aqsa Intifada in the West Bank and Gaza Strip despite the fact that the majority of Palestinians still support it.

* The poll shows a majority of Palestinians who oppose continuation of military operations against Israeli targets and see such operations as harmful to the Palestinian national interests.

* Palestinians are divided almost equally on the issue of suicide bombing operations against Israeli civilians.

* A significant majority of Palestinians (65.2%) believe that the Palestinian national interests require maintaining the state of calm (ceasefire) between Palestinians and Israelis until the end of 2005, but there is also a majority of Palestinians (54.6%) who oppose using force by the security forces against those who violate the calm understandings.

* A majority of Palestinians (52.8%) see in Sharon's unilateral withdrawal from Gaza Strip as a step that can contribute to peace while (33.4%) say such a step harms a just peace between both sides.
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