Public Freedoms and Human Rights
Publication Date: 22 May 2012
Fieldwork: 11-13 May 2012
Sample Size: 1200 Palestinians in the West Bank & Gaza
Margin of error: + 3 %
- 84 percent support the immediate conduct of elections.
- 55 percent support a return to negotiations.
- 10 percent are familiar with the content of the recent letter from President Abbas to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.
- 24 percent believe that the Palestinian cause has been advanced by the UN Initiative, compared to 36 percent in November 2011.
- Increase in the percentage of Palestinians (from 55 percent in March to 62 percent now) who believe that things are moving in the wrong direction. Belief that things are moving in the wrong direction reaches 71 percent in Gaza, compared to 56 percent in the West Bank.
- 74 percent of Gazans believe that the Haniyeh government is not accountable to the people; 50 percent of West Bank respondents believe that the Fayyad government is not accountable to the people.
- 62 percent of Gazans and 27 percent of West Bank respondents believe freedom of speech has diminished compared to 10 years ago.
- 88 percent of Palestinian respondents believe that the recent arrests of journalists and bloggers in the West Bank are unjustified.
- 71 percent of Gazans and 44 percent of West Bank respondents believe that their governments are censoring freedom of expression.
- The overall approval rate of President Abbas stands at 55 percent; 48 percent approves of Fayyad’s overall performance and 34 percent approves of Haniyeh’s performance.
- Disenchantment with the government of Haniyeh in Gaza continues to rise with the overwhelming majority in Gaza expressing dissatisfaction on almost all issues. The evaluation of the government of Fayyad has improved on all issues compared to our March 2012 poll.
- 63 percent of Gazans say that their living conditions have worsened since the appointment of the Haniyeh government. In contrast, 23 percent of West Bank respondents believe that their living conditions have worsened since the appointment of the Fayyad government.
- Fayyad is the most trusted to lead a new government (30 percent), followed by Haniyeh (15 percent) and Mustafa Barghouthi (12 percent).
- In a presidential contest among 15 leaders, Abbas receives the support of 32 percent followed by Haniyeh with 11 percent and Marwan Barghouthi with 8 percent.
- In a four-way presidential race: Abbas (38 percent), Haniyeh (15 percent), Mustafa Barghouthi (9 percent) and Fayyad (6 percent).
- In another four-way presidential race: Marwan Barghouthi (28 percent), Haniyeh (16 percent), Fayyad (15 percent) and Mustafa Barghouthi (8 percent).