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Poll among Palestinians favors Humanitarian Solution
22 January 2005





Commissioned by: JERUSALEM SUMMIT

Conducted by
MA'AGAR MOCHOT – Research and Interdisciplinary Consultancy Institute Ltd.

22 November, 2004


A. Introduction
At your request, we conducted a survey among the Palestinian population in Judea and Samaria, in order to gauge public opinion on current affairs and issues relating to the quality of life in the present and future.

The survey was conducted on behalf of the Jerusalem Summit 2004.

B. Method

This survey was conducted by means of face-to-face interviews in Arabic and took place between the 15th and 21st of November, 2004 during various hours of the day, using a structured questionnaire in Arabic. The survey was carried out among a random sample of 526 respondents representative of the adult population in the Judea and Samaria areas (aged 17 and over). Maximum sampling error is 4.5%.

The sampling and personal interviews were conducted by pollsters from the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion.

The Maagar Mochot Institute was responsible for composing the questionnaire, the input of data, the statistical processing, and the production of the concluding report.

C. Survey Conductors

The survey was conducted by Maagar Mochot Research and Interdisciplinary Consulting Institute Ltd. under supervision of Professor Yitzhak Katz- CEO, Professor Baruch Mevorach- Scientific Manager, and Amir Horkin- Research Manager and in cooperation with The Palestinian Center for Public Opinion under the management of Dr. Nabil Kokli.

No, The Survey Questions
1 To what degree are generally satisfied with the quality of your life and that of your family today?
2 What, in your opinion, are the chances that the quality of your life and that of your family will improve significantly over the next two years?
3 Do you think that the leadership of the Palestinian Authority is doing enough/ not doing enough to improve the quality of life of the Palestinian population?
4 Do you think that the leadership of the Palestinian Authority is capable/incapable of improving the quality of life of the Palestinian population in the near future?
5 Do think that the Palestinian Authority is characterized by corruption?
6 In your opinion, what are the chances that the Palestinian Authority will deal with the problem of corruption, and solve it, in a significant manner within the next two years?
7 In recent years have you considered/ not considered leaving your present place of residence to emigrate permanently to another country?
8 If, today, you had the ability and sufficient resources to allow you to reside permanently in another country, would you emigrate?
9 What would induce you to emigrate permanently to another country?

No, Summary of Survey Results
1. Most of the Palestinian population is not satisfied with the quality of life as it is today (62% expressed a mediocre level of satisfaction or lower – with nearly 40% "dissatisfied" of "very dissatisfied")
2. Only one-third (37%) of the population feels that the chances for an improvement in the quality of life over the next two years, are good.
Most of the population (60%) does not feel this way.
3. Most of the population (53%) feels that the Palestinian Authorities are not doing enough in order to improve the quality of life.
4. 41% feels that Palestinian Authorities will not be able to improve the Palestinian population’s quality of life in the near future.
5. Almost half the population (46%) feels that Palestinian Authority is characterized by corruption.
6. Only about a quarter (27%) feel there is a good chance of Palestinian Authorities dealing with the problem of corruption, and solving it in a significant manner within the next two years.
Approximately 70% feel that chances are mediocre or lower – with almost one third (31%) rating the chances as "poor" or "very poor".
7. 42% of Palestinians declare that they have considered leaving their present place of residence in order to emigrate permanently in some other country.
8 Half of the population (50%) does not dismiss the possibility of relocating and residing permanently in some other country if they had the ability and sufficient resources to do so.
41% state they would not consider it.
Close to 20% (17%) explicitly declare that if they had the ability and resources, they would relocate and permanently reside in some other country.
9. When answering the general question “What would induce you to relocate in order to emigrate permanently to another country?”, only 15% answered that there is no such inducement. 71% specified a number of various factors that would so induce them, among them: a guarantee of employment abroad (16%), significant financial aid (19%), a guarantee of good housing and good education (14%) etc.

Socio-Demographic Characteristics of the Sample

Gender
Answers, Percentage
1. Men 53%
2. Female 47%
Total 100%

Place of Residence
Answers, Percentage
1. Jenin 12%
2. Nablus 16%
3. Ramalla 13%
4. Bethlehem 11%
5. Eastern Jerusalem 5%
6. Hebron 18%
7. Jericho 3%
8. Tulkarem 13%
9. Tobas 3%
10. Kalkilia 2%
11. Salfit 4%
Total 100%

Type of Settlement
Answers, Percentage
1. City 40%
2. Village 49%
3. Refugee Camp 11%
Total 100%

Age
Age Groups, Percentage
17-25 34%
26-35 32%
36-60 32%
61 and Over 2%
Total 100%

Education
Years of Education, Percentage
Up to 6 years 7%
6-12 45%
13-16 44%
17 or more 4%
Average Years of Education 12

Number of Family Members Residing with You
Number of Family Members, Percentage
Up to 3 6%
4-7 34%
8-12 51%
13 or more 9%
Total 100%
Average Number of Family Members 8

Marital Status
Answers, Percentage
1. Married 65%
2. Single 32%
3. Divorced 2%
4. Widowed 1%
Total 100%

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