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PSR poll of Palestinians:55%:40% support eventual confederation with Jordan, 61% Reconciliation with Hamas requires ending security coordination with Israel

PSR poll 48 – June 2013

While a majority supports the appointment of Rami Al Hamdallah as Prime
Minister, 40% believe the Palestinian Authority has become a burden on the
Palestinian people and only 30% believe that it is an accomplishment. And
while Ismail Haniyeh wins against Abbas in presidential elections in the
Gaza Strip, half of the public believes that the Palestinian have a failed

13-15 June 2013

These are the results of the latest poll conducted by the Palestinian Center
for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip
between 13-15 June 2013. The period before the poll witnessed the
resignation of the government of Salam Fayyad and the appointment of a new
government headed by Rami Al Hamdallah, President of Al Najah University.
The period also witnessed the re-election of Khalid Mishaal as head of
Hamas’s political bureau for a new term and the postponement of the
formation of a reconciliation government. This press release covers public
evaluation of the general West Bank and Gaza conditions, elections,
reconciliation, public evaluation of the performance of the government of
Ismail Haniyeh, public satisfaction with the performance of President Mahmud
Abbas, the internal balance of power between Fateh and Hamas, and the views
of the public on the most vital Palestinian goals and the main problems
Palestinians confront today. Total size of the sample is 1270 adults
interviewed face to face in 127 randomly selected locations. Margin of error
is 3%.

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

Main Findings:

Findings of the second quarter of 2013 show that a majority of the public
supports the appointment of Rami Al Hamdallah as prime minister and that two
thirds support the resignation of Salam Fayyad. Despite this, half of the
public agrees with the view attributed to Fayyad that the Palestinian
leadership has been a failed one from the beginnings. Indeed, less than a
third of the public believes that the Palestinian Authority (PA), with its
two parts in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, is an accomplishment for the
Palestinian people while 40% believe that the PA is a burden on the
Palestinian people. There is no doubt that the deteriorating economic
conditions in the West Bank, the pessimism about the chances for
reconciliation, and the continued deadlock in the political process
negatively affect public assessment of the PA and the Palestinian
leadership. Findings also indicate a rise in Hamas popularity and that of
Ismail Haniyeh in the Gaza Strip only with support for Hamas and Fatah very
close and with Haniyeh winning over Abbas by five percentage points.

In the West Bank, however, Fatah remains more popular than Hamas, with 17
percentage point difference and Abbas against Haniyeh with 13 percentage
point difference.

Findings also indicate that optimism about reconciliation between Fatah and
Hamas is …read more
Source: Israpundit

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