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last updated Jan. 17, 2010
published Jan. 8, 1997
Poll No. 22 Part I, August 1997 - On Palestinian Attitudes Towards Current Issues
Read more:  resistance, armed resistance, suicide bombing, Yasser Arafat, governance, Palestinian Authority, public opinion
Summary: Introduction

The first Palestinian public opinion poll to be conducted following the recent bombings in Jerusalem and the subsequent Israeli measures shows that:

• The level of pessimism regarding the political situation has increased.

• There is increased support for suicide operations.

• There is an increase in the number of people who believe that corruption exists in Palestinian Authority (PA)institutions.

• There is no real change in attitudes toward the peace process in general; only a very slight increase in support for the Oslo Accords was found.

• It is clear that the recent events have had an impact on the Palestinian people. The level of those surveyed who said that they were "very pessimistic" has increased from 6.9% in July to 9.0% in August. The level of those surveyed who said that they were "pessimistic" rose from 25.7% in July to 28.3% in August 1997.

• Moreover, the percentage of those who support suicide operations has increased by over 5% to 28.2% compared with 23.6% in May. The percentage of those who oppose such operations decreased from 64.7% in May to 56% today.

• Concerning the Oslo agreements, there appears to be a general impresion that Israel is trying to avoid implementing them. There has been only a slight rise in the level of Oslo supporters; the percentage of those who "strongly support" the Oslo accords has increased to 10.5% from 8.2% in July. Palestinians who oppose the Oslo agreements have decreased to 28.4% today, compared with 30.4% in July. A certain consistency in attitudes towards the peace process in general was noted, which has the been the trend throughout the last two years.
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