RAMALLAH, Sept. 10, 2019 - One hundred days into the tenure of the Palestinian cabinet, a plurality of Palestinians polled say they are not satisfied with the job that it is doing.
A new poll by the Jerusalem Media and Communications Centre found that 41% of respondents said the government's performance was inadequate, with 37% reporting that they were satisfied.
Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh, a Fateh loyalist, was named on March 10, after four years of a government that was not clearly aligned with any Palestinian political faction.
Reflecting public disengagement and cynicism about politics, which has been in a logjam since 2006 parliamentary elections brought the Islamic movement Hamas to power, only half of those polled said that the change in government even mattered.
Open violence followed that vote and today Hamas controls Gaza while Fateh dominates the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. General elections have not been held since.
About half of respondents did not know who currently heads the Palestinian government, while 45% were able to name Shtayyeh. Sixteen percent of those polled said he is doing a good job, while 39% called his performance average. Twenty-two percent thought his performance poor.
The poll's margin of error was ±3 percent, with a confidence level of 95%. It was produced in partnership with Friedrich–Ebert-Stiftung (FES).