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PSR poll # 22. 61% of Palestinians supports the holding of early presidential and parliamentary elections

17 December 2006


Palestinian Public Opinion Poll No. (22)

A significant decrease in public satisfaction with the performance of the
presIdent and the hamas government leads the majority to support the holding
of early presidential and parliamentary elections and increases the gap
between the popularity of fateh and Hamas in favor of the former

14-16 December 2006

These are the results of the latest poll conducted by the Palestinian Center
for Policy and Survey Research in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip during
December 14-16, 2006. Total size of the sample is 1270 adults interviewed
face to face in 127 randomly selected locations. Margin of error is 3%. This
press release highlights the main findings regarding domestic issues. PSR
will soon release findings related the peace process and the ceasefire.

For further details, contact PSR director, Dr. Khalil Shikaki, or Walid
Ladadweh at tel 02-296 4933 or email

As he was leaving the Rafah Crossing, fire was opened on the car carrying
Prime Minister Ismael Haniyeh took place in the evening of the first day of
data collection. During the final hours of data collection, President Mahmud
Abbas made a speech in which he declared his intentions to call for the
holding of early presidential and parliamentary elections. We believe that
these two events had little or no impact on data collection or poll

Findings show significant increase in the level of dissatisfaction with the
performance of the Hamas government and the president. The poll also shows
great concern about internal security and a negative evaluation of the role
played by the "Executive Force." These developments have affected public
attitude with a majority supporting the holding of early presidential and
parliamentary elections. They have also led to a limited decrease in the
popularity of Hamas.

Main Findings:

 * 48% agree that the government should resign but a similar percentage
(47%) disagrees with that. But a majority of 61% supports the holding of
early presidential and parliamentary elections and 37% oppose that. A
majority of 56% agrees with Abbas and Fateh that the PA president has the
right to call for early presidential and parliamentary elections and 38%
agree with Hams that the PA president does not have the right to do so.

 * If early parliamentary elections are held today, Hamas would receive 36%
of the vote and Fateh would receive 42%. 12% would go to other lists and 10% remain undecided. The gap between Fateh and Hamas has therefore widened from
3 percentage points three months ago to 6 percentage points in this poll.

 * If early presidential elections are held today and only two, Mahmud Abbas
for Fateh and Ismail Haniyeh for Hamas, were to compete, Abbas would receive
46% of the vote and Haniyeh would receive 45%. 9% remain undecided.

 * But if the presidential race was between Marwan Barghouti, representing
Fateh, and Khalid Mish'al, representing Hamas, Marwan Barghouti would
receive 57% of the vote and Khalid Mish'al would receive 36%. 7% remain

 * The decrease in Hamas' popularity is associated with a decrease in public
satisfaction with its performance from 42% three months ago to 33% in this
poll. Moreover, only 30% of the respondents evaluate the performance of the
"Executive Force," commanded by the interior minister, as positive and
contributing to the enforcement of law and order while 51% evaluate its
performance as negative and contributing to lawlessness and anarchy.

 * Similarly, findings show a significant decrease in the level of public
satisfaction with the performance of president Mahmud Abbas from 55% three
months ago to 40% in this poll.

 * More than 90% of the public describe current Palestinian conditions as
bad or very bad and only 2% describe it as good. Moreover, 87% say they and
their families lack safety and security and 87% believe corruption exists in
the PA and more significantly 69% say corruption will increase or remain the
same in the future.

 * Given the electoral experience of January 2006, a majority of the
Palestinian public is still in favor of democracy: 53% say it is appropriate
for the Palestinians and 43% say it is inappropriate.


This PSR survey was conducted with the support of the Konrad Adenauer
Foundation in Ramallah.

IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis

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