RAMALLAH, September 23 (JMCC) - A majority of Palestinians remain committed to pursuing negotiations with Israel
found a public opinion poll
released by the Jerusalem Media and Communications Centre Thursday.
Nearly 53 percent of interviewees said that negotiations remain the most effective strategy for Palestinians to achieve their goals, while 25.7 said that violent resistance was most effective.
Nearly the same percentage of respondents said that Hamas
killing of four settlers near Hebron
harm the national interest.
FAITH & PRACTICE
The same poll included several questions about Palestinian religious and traditional practices. Nearly 94 percent of Palestinians say that religion is an important part of their lives.
Still 33 percent thought civil law should be incorporated into Palestinian legal systems, with 13 percent saying Palestinian personal law should be based entirely on civil law. Fifty-three percent thought Palestinian personal law should be based on Islamic sharia law alone.
Half of Palestinians polled said they disagreed with the coeducation of children in schools, but a vast majority (nearly 73 percent) thought it useful for women to be employed outside the home. Nearly 26 percent said women should not be employed outside the home, with more respondents in the West Bank
giving this response than in the Gaza Strip
The poll was conducted between September 11 and 15 with a random sample of 1200 respondents.