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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Those peace-loving Palestinian Arabs

There was a recent poll of Palestinian Arabs by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research. Results include the small item that a majority of Palestinian Arabs support terror attacks like yesterday's massacre in Tel Aviv, and a majority do not want Hamas to recognize Israel.

Of course, 80% of those polled also believe that people sometimes or always lie to the pollsters!

Here are some of the latest that the peace-loving Palestinian Arab people believe:

11) The Western donor community provides the PA economic and financial assistance reaching about one billion dollars every year. Do you think the PA can or can not do without this assistance?

1) it certainly can do without it

7.5

6.2

9.7

2) it can do without it

23.0

23.7

21.7

3) it can not do without it

40.1

42.1

36.6

4) it certainly can not do without it

27.8

26.3

30.4

5) DK/NA

1.7

1.7

1.6


Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

12) For the assistance to continue, the donor community demand that Hamas must recognize the state of Israel. Do you think Hamas should accept this demand and recognize Israel?

1) Certainly yes

11.6

11.4

12.1

2) yes

25.5

24.8

26.6

3) no

42.0

44.0

38.5

4) certainly no

17.2

16.0

19.5

5) DK/NA

3.7

3.8

3.4



Total

West Bank

Gaza Strip

38) Concerning armed attacks against Israeli civilians inside Israel, I….

1) Strongly support

14.2

10.0

21.4

2) Support

38.2

35.7

42.5

3) Oppose

40.2

45.1

31.6

4) Strongly oppose

5.0

6.1

3.1

5) DK/NA

2.5

3.1

1.4

39) Do you believe that armed confrontations so far has helped achieved Palestinian national and political rights in ways that negotiations could not achieve?

1) Definitely yes

24.0

14.8

40.0

2) Yes

42.9

44.6

40.1

3) No

25.4

30.7

16.1

4) Definitely no

5.7

7.2

3.2

5) DK/NA

2.0

2.8

0.7


47) Generally, do you see yourself as:

1) Religious

47.9

43.2

56.1

2) somewhat religious

47.7

51.8

40.7

3) not religious

3.8

4.3

3.0

4) DK/NA

0.5

0.7

0.2


49) Which of the following political parties do you support?

1) PPP

0.5

0.5

0.5

2) PFLP

3.3

3.2

3.4

3) Fateh

34.4

34.0

35.0

4) Hamas

36.7

34.2

41.0

5) DFLP

0.6

0.7

0.4

6) Islamic Jihad

2.0

2.5

1.1

7) National initiative (almubadara)

0.9

0.9

0.7

8) Independent Islamists

4.6

4.6

4.6

9) Independent Nationalists

2.4

2.9

1.6

10) None of the above

14.4

16.2

11.4

11) Other, specify

0.3

0.4

0.2