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last updated Jan. 18, 2010
published Jan. 8, 1998
Poll No. 28, August 1998 - On Palestinian Attitudes Towards the Palestinian cabinet reshuffle
Read more:  Palestinian politics, Palestinian Authority, governance, cabinet, cabinet reshuffle, Palestinian Legislative Council, public opinion
Summary: Introduction

The results of the Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre public opinion poll were negative for a majority of the Palestinian people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip with respect to the newly Cabinet, and were pessimistic about the performance of the Authority. Only 20.3% of those polled said that the Cabinet change made them more optimistic about the future performance of the Palestinian Authority (PA), in comparison to 33.6% who expressed pessimism about the future performance of the PA, and 40.2% said that there wan not change in their optimism or pessimism as a result of his change.

A majority of those polled did not support a vote of confidence in the new Cabinet by the Legislative Council, only 31.4% said that the Legislative Council should give a vote of confidence in the new Cabinet, while 38.6% said that the Legislative Council must give the new Cabinet a non-confidence vote, 27% did not know, and 3% did not answer the question.

This change did not bring any change in the confidence of the public in President Arafat, with 23.8% of those polled said that the Cabinet change increased their confidence in President Arafat, 23.3% said that the Cabinet change decreased their confidence in President Arafat, while the majority 48.4% said that the Cabinet change did not affect their confidence in President Arafat.

With majority of 77.5% believing that there is corruption in the PA, only 23.4% of respondents said that the latest Cabinet change will help deal with the problem of corruption in the PA, while 33.4% said that this Cabinet change will increase the problem of corruption in the PA, and 37.9% said that this will not have any change in corruption in the PA.

With respect to the resignations of two of the ministers as a result of the Cabinet change, 32.1% of those polled supported the resignations and 26.5% opposed the resignations, while 22.3% of respondents did not know there any resignations, 14.7% had no opinions, and 4.4% did not respond to the question. 
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