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last updated Jan. 19, 2010
published Dec. 1, 2001
Poll No. 43, December 2001 - On Palestinian Attitudes Towards Politics including the Current Intifada
Read more:  al-Aqsa intifada, Palestinian Authority, governance, reform, Palestinian politicians, Palestinian politics, resistance, public opinion
Summary: Introduction

JMCC's most recent poll since the eruption of the al-Aqsa Intifada, conducted on December 6-9, 2001, showed that the majority of the Palestinian people (71.9%) do not see the recent arrests by the PNA against the Intifada activists as justifiable. The poll also shows that the majority of the Palestinian people (80.1%) support the continuation of al-Aqsa Intifada; moreover, a ratio of 54.6% support the continuation of al-Aqsa Intifada in both of its popular and military forms and 47.2% support the continuation of al-Aqsa Intifada to go side by side with the continuation of the negotiations.

• The majority of Palestinians (57.2%) believes that President Arafat is in control of the internal situation.  

• The majority of the Palestinian public (24.5%) trusts mostly President Arafat.  

• The poll also showed a notable majority (71.9%) with the belief that arresting the Intifada activists is unjustifiable.

• Regarding the ceasefire decision by President Arafat, a limited majority (57.6%) believes that the decision of President Arafat on the ceasefire is unjustifiable while 34.9% believe it is justifiable.  

• 16.6% of the respondents only expects Zeene to succeed in his mission to the cease-fire.

• The poll also shows that the overwhelming majority of the Palestinian public (80.1%) supports the continuation of al-Aqsa Intifada.  

• The results of the poll show that 20.2% only believe that the arrests are justifiable and 34.9% believe that the ceasefire decision is justifiable; in the same context, there was a decrease in ratio of those who believe that President Arafat is in control of the internal situation (partially or fully) from 71.6% last June to 57.2% in December 2001.  

• Despite the above figures, President Arafat maintained the first rank in terms of public support; President Arafat is trusted by 24.5% while Sheikh Ahmad Yaseen came in second place in terms of public trust but with an increase from 10.6% last September to 12.8% in this poll.  

• As for the intifada, the majority of the public 80.1% supports its continuation, also the largest percentage of the public 47.2% see the importance of the continuation of the intifada and negotiations. Whereas, 34.8% think that the intifada should continue and stop negotiations against 13.9% who see that the intifada should stop and to pay attention to the negotiations.

• The poll showed that a majority (67.5%) supports the military operations as a Palestinian proper response under the current conditions while 26.1% oppose military operations, considering them harmful to the national interest.  

• A majority of Palestinian public (64%) still support the continuation of suicide (martyrdom) operations inside Israel compared with 68.6% in June 2001.  

• A significant result in the poll shows that 36.6% of Palestinians believe that the road of salvation from the current difficult conditions they are living is through the continuation of struggle and resistance in all forms: the Intifada and resistance; 19.4% only believe that the road of salvation is through negotiations, political and diplomatic actions.  

• Regarding the end result of the current Intifada, 48.8% said the ultimate goal of the current Intifada is to end occupation on the basis of UN Security Council resolution 242 and the establishment of the Palestinian state while 39.6% believe that the end goal of the Intifada is to liberate all of historic Palestine.  

• Regarding the level of trust in the political and religious factions, support for Fatah Movement decreased from 29.2% last September 2001 to 26.1% in this poll while Islamic Resistance Movement "Hamas" and Islamic Jihad Movement received a combined figure of 26.6% and 3% support the PFLP. 30.4% of the Palestinian public does not trust any political or religious faction. 
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