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last updated Jan. 18, 2010
published April 1, 2001
Poll No. 40, April 2001 - On Palestinian Attitudes Towards Politics including the Current Intifada
Read more:  Yasser Arafat, resistance, armed resistance, Palestinian Authority, peace process, Arabs, al-Aqsa intifada, two-state solution, public opinion
Summary: Introduction

• The majority of the Palestinian people, 80.2 percent, support the continuation of the Intifada, while only 13.3 percent oppose its continuation. This shows an increase in supporting the Intifada since 70.1 percent of Palestinians said in a December 2000 poll they support it.

• The majority of the Palestinian people, 62.3 percent, support the continuation of both forms of the Intifada: popular and armed struggle. This is also an increase from the last poll conducted in December 2000 when only 54.5 percent supported popular and armed struggle.

• Decrease in the support of the Oslo agreements continues wherein 40.4 percent support the agreements when last June 57.6 percent supported it.

• As for popular support for the various Palestinian political and religious factions, Palestinian President Yasser Arafat’s mainstream faction Fateh maintained its position at the top with 35.1 percent with a slight increase from December 2000 when it was 32.1 percent. Support for the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas decreased to 17.7 percent from 19.2 percent last December. Yet support for Hamas has increased since the beginning of the Intifada since support for Hamas was 12 percent in June 2000. The Islamic Jihad and other Islamic factions showed an increase of support.

• The percentage decreased for those who do not trust any faction reaching 23.1 percent as opposed to 28.1 percent last December and 37.3 percent in June 2000.

• There is a noticeable increase in the trust in Palestinian President Yassir Arafat, which reached 32.3 percent after it used to be 25.7 percent in December 2000 and 31.8 percent before the Intifada in June 2000.

• A sweeping Palestinian majority (95.3 percent) considers the United States biased to Israel in terms of its role as the peace process sponsor while only 2.5 percent consider the United States neutral.

• The Palestinian people seem to continue to have some kind of hope in the peace process since only 29.7 percent said the peace process is dead and could not resume while 43.8 percent said that the peace process is experiencing difficult circumstances with an unknown future. Of those surveyed, 19.1 percent said that the peace process is alive.
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