The majority of the Palestinian population is dipleased with Hamas - Foundation Office Palestinian Territories
1.268 adults in 127 different places were asked for their opinion within the period of 14th until 16th September.
According to the poll, the majority (54%) of the Palestinians is not satisfied with the Hamas government. With regard to the economical situation even 69% reject the government. Nevertheless, 38% of the people asked still said that they would vote for Hamas, if there were new elections. The popularity of Fatah, in contrast to the results of the elections in January 2006, is today even higher than that of Hamas. 41% of the participants stated that they consider Fatah the best Palestinian political party. There is also a relative consensus among the Palestinians concerning the question, if Hamas should recognize Israel or not. 66% indicated that Hamas should not, and 30% declared it should recognize Israel.
Recently, Fatah called for a general strike in the whole Palestinian Territories. Following the call, many workers of the Palestinian Authority, especially many teachers and employees in the medical sector stopped working. The majority of the people indicated that they do not see a connection between the strikes and the recent argument between Hamas and Fatah. In their eyes, the striking workers aim to protest against the deteriorating living conditions.
According to the PSR poll, the majority of the Palestinians asked is in favor of a National Union Government (NUG), in which Hamas and Fatah are equally weighted. A big faction (32%) expects such a National Union Government to enforce law and order. In comparison to June the satisfaction with the performance of President Mahmoud Abbas increased a bit. 55% now think that he does his job quite well.
Moreover there is a consensus (85%) that the situation of the Palestinians today is bad or very bad. Moreover, 80% of the people asked in the poll declared that they and their families do not feel safe in the Autonomous Territories. The majority of the Palestinians (86%) rejects the kidnapping of foreigners residing in the Palestinian areas.