Saturday, November 20, 2010

Terrorists win Palestinian Arab popularity contest

The Israel Project commissioned a poll in the West Bank and Gaza last month surveying Palestinian Arab opinions about various topics.

The results are most enlightening.

This post is about one specific question:

Now, I'd like you to rate your feelings toward some people, countries, and organizations, with one hundred meaning a VERY WARM, FAVORABLE feeling; zero meaning a VERY COLD, UNFAVORABLE feeling; and fifty meaning not particularly warm or cold. You can use any number from zero to one hundred, the higher the number the more favorable your feelings are toward that person, country, or organization.

Here are the results, sorted from lowest score (coldest feelings) to the highest (warmest feelings), along with their respective mean scores:

Benjamin Netanyahu4.4
American Jews7.8
Tony Blair9.2
Barack Obama10.7
The United States14.5
Hillary Clinton15.2
A one-state solution28.7
Two-state solution with an independent Palestinian state and Israel as a Jewish state30.2
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad40
Two-state solution41.3
The peace process42.6
Ismail Haniyeh44.1
Palestinian Authority54.2
Salam Fayyad54.5
Mahmoud Abbas57
Marwan Bargouti64.5
Khalil Ibrahim al-Wazir ("Abu Jihad")71.2
Dalal Mughrabi74.5

By far, the winners of the popularity context (at least that were named) were three terrorists, and the top one could not credibly be called anything but a terrorist (the other two at least had some political activities outside of terrorism.)

And for some reason Barack Obama, the most pro-Palestinian Arab president in history, hasn't seemed to have gained much for his efforts at least in this part of the Arab world. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad trounces him in popularity among the moderate, pragmatic, peace-loving Palestinian Arabs.

More analysis form this poll to come.

(h/t JoeSettler)