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last updated Jan. 19, 2010
published April 1, 2003
Poll No. 48, April 2003 - On Palestinian Attitudes Towards the Palestinian Situation in General
Read more:  peace process, factions, Palestinian politics, Palestinian politicians, resistance, armed resistance, reform, governance, public opinion
Summary: Introduction

Significant Opinion Results

• The majority of Palestinians say that the war in Iraq had a negative influence on the Palestinian cause.

• Most Palestinians do not believe the newly created PA prime minister position will serve or hurt the Palestinian cause, and that Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) will not have an influence on the internal situation and the current PA reform process. However, the majority of Palestinians believe that the decision to create this position was due to external pressures and influence.

• Most Palestinians believe that PA Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) will not influence the peace process although more people believe he will assist in pushing it forward than those who believe he will be pushing it backwards.

• Most Palestinians believe in achieving their national goals through both negotiations and armed struggle believing that the peace process is passing though difficult times with an unclear future, yet a majority is pessimistic a peaceful settlement would be reached with Israel.

• The majority of Palestinians support the continuation of al-Aqsa Intifada in its current form with both popular (i.e. demonstrations, economic boycotts) and military resistance to end Israeli military occupation and establish a Palestinian state based on UN Resolution 242.

• The majority of Palestinians believe military operations (including suicide bombings) against Israeli targets (including Israeli civilians) are a suitable response to Israeli occupation within the current political situation. Most Palestinians support military operations both inside Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

• The majority of Palestinians recently watches the Qatar-based al-Jazeera Satellite Channel. More Palestinians listen to Voice of Palestine than other radio channels and read Jerusalem-based Palestinian daily al-Quds newspaper than other daily newspapers.
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