Surveying Palestinian opinions March 2009
Palestinians yearn for institutional reform, national reconciliation and unity
An opinion poll carried out by Fafo in late February and early March provides important insights into the political attitudes of the West Bank and Gaza Strip populations six weeks after Israel ended its assault on Gaza.
Nine out of ten have no confidence that the current ceasefire will endure and that the blockade will end.
People want political unification around inclusive political institutions. There is vast support for Fatah and Hamas holding joint negotiations with Israel (72 percent) and Hamas’ inclusion in the PLO (76 percent). More than 90 percent think that Fatah and Hamas should negotiate with the aim of forming a national coalition government.
Fafo carried out the poll in the West Bank on 23 Feb- 4 March and in the Gaza Strip 3-12 March 2009.
The fieldwork was implemented at 144 and 132 interviewing points in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and the Gaza Strip, respectively. The respondents were randomly selected individuals aged 18 and above: 1476 in the West Bank and 2017 in the Gaza Strip, all interviewed face to face.
The poll was financed by the Norwegian Government.
Åge A. Tiltnes. firstname.lastname@example.org