Independents will play decisive role in next Palestinian elections

A new poll by Dr. Nader Said confirms that Palestinians are disenchanted with those who govern them.  Even though Palestinians are traditionally very loyal to one political faction or another, they are fed up with corruption and destruction and are increasingly favor independent technocrats.  Below are some of the highlights from the poll:

  • A vast majority (82 percent) support an immediate PLC election.
  • Two thirds of Palestinians support the position of Fayyad Government to hold local election in July.
  • 37 percent in the West bank and 27 percent in Gaza feel that corruption is on the increase.
  • 57 percent of Gazans view negatively the performance of the Haniyeh Government in improving the economy.
  • 51 percent of Gazans negatively evaluate the performance of the Haniyeh Government in respecting personal and civil freedoms; while 38 percent of West Bank respondents feel the same way about the Fayyad Government.
  • Gazans are much more critical of the Haniyeh Government than West Bank respondents; while the Fayyad Government receives lower evaluation in the West Bank than in Gaza.
  • 73 percent support the appointment of a woman (Dr. Laila Ghannam) as Governor.
  • Only 8 percent feel that Mr. Obama is serious about establishing a Palestinian state.
  • A PLO list will win over an Islamist one in an upcoming PLC election.
  • Abbas, Fayyad, and Mustafa Barghouti win over Haniyeh in an upcoming presidential election.
  • Independents will play a decisive role in local and national elections.
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