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Monday, February 10, 2020
PCPO Poll of Palestinians: 82%:14.1% Support Rejecting Trump Deal of the Century

Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, Poll No. 202
February 10th, 2020

The latest poll on the Palestinian public opinion, prepared by Dr. Nabil
Kukali, revealed the following key results:

(89.2 %) of the Palestinians oppose at various degrees the plan of the US
President Donald Trump known as "Deal of the Century".
(85.2%) believe that after the proclamation of the "Deal", the
Palestinian-Israeli conflict became more intractable.
(82.0 %) are of the opinion that the Palestinian leadership's rejection of
the Deal was a right decision.
(74.3 %) are satisfied with the response of President Mahmoud Abbas to the

Beit Sahour - Public Relations' Section

The latest poll prepared by Dr. Nabil Kukali and conducted by the
Palestinian Center for Public Opinion (www.pcpo.org), during the period from
January 31 - February 6, 2020 covered a random sample of (1255) Palestinian
respondents representing the various demographic specimens of Palestinians
(18 years and above) living in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and
Gaza Strip. It revealed that (89.2 %) of the Palestinian oppose at various
extents the plan of the US President Donald Trump known as "Deal of the

Dr. Nabil Kukali, President and founder of the Palestinian Center for Public
Opinion, said in a statement that the outstanding results of this poll in
details are as follows:

Deal of the Century

Responding to the question:"In general, do you support or oppose the plan of
the US President Donald Trump known as "Deal of the Century" ?, (66.5 %) of
the respondents said they" strongly oppose" it, (22.7 %) "somewhat oppose
it", (8.5 %) "somewhat support it" (0.8 %) "strongly support it" and (1.5
%) said "I don't know".

The US President Donald Trump

Regarding the question:" US President Donald Trump said that his view of
peace is different from the other views and plans laid by the foregoing US
administrations, as his plan "makes the region more safe between Israelis
and the Palestinians", do you agree or disagree with this ?". (64.6 %) said
they "strongly disagree", (21.2 %) "somehow disagree", (10.2 %) "somehow
agree", (2.3 %) "strongly agree" with it, whilst (1.7 %) had no opinion.

The Palestinian - Israeli Conflict

(85.2 %) of the Palestinian public perceive that the Palestinian-Israeli
conflict became after the proclamation of the Deal more intractable than
ever, whilst (11.4 %) believe that the Deal is for the Palestinians an
irrecoverable opportunity for achieving peace, and (3.4 %) declined to
disclose their opinion.

The Palestinian leadership's rejection of the Deal

With respect to the question:"Some people think that the rejection of the
Deal by the Palestinian leadership was a right decision, whilst others
believe that it was a wrong and precipitate decision. Which opinion is
closer to your mind ?", (82.0 %) said "it was a right decision" against
(14.1 %) who said that "it was a wrong and precipitate decision", and (3.9
%) had no opinion.

Stance of President Mahmoud Abbas on the Deal

Responding to the question:"Are you content or discontent with the way
President Mahmoud Abbas dealt with the proclamation of the Deal by US
President Donald Trump ?", (49.8 %) said "very content", (24.5 %) "somehow
content", (10.6 %), "somehow discontent", (8.9 %) "very discontent" and (6.2
%) said "I don't know".

Options for the Palestinian Refusal

Regarding the question: "In the light of the Palestinians' refusal of the
'Deal of the Century', which of the following options you think are most
likely as to administer the Palestinian matters ?", (12.1 %) said
"dissolution of the Palestinian Authority and putting the world before the
responsibilities of the resulting legal void", (23.1 %) said "administer the
resistance by the Palestinian factions", (15.1 %) said "unilaterally
proclaim the Palestinian state", ((26.3 %) said "escalation of the
resistance", (18.9 %) are for "keeping the Palestinian Authority as it is
now, but develop new strategies for the administration of the Palestinian
matters", and (4.5 %) said "I don't know".

Future Perspectives

Responding to the question:"If you think now of the future and your children
become in your age, do you think there will be peace at that time between
Israelis and Palestinians ?", (9.5 %) said "surely", (13.0 %) said "likely",
(13.0 %) said "It's possible", (20.4 %) "likely not", (41.0 %) said
"certainly not", and (3.1 %) said "I don't know".

Concern about own subsistence

Regarding the question:" Up to which extent are you concerned at present
about the subsistence of your family ?", (35.0 %) answered "concerned",
(28.0 %) "very concerned", (21.0 %) "not so much concerned", (13.8 %) "not
concerned at all", and (1.4 %) said "I don't know".

The overall economic situation:

On the question:" How do you rate the overall economic situation in the
Palestinian Territories?", (71.2 %) answered "bad", (19.5 %) "middle", and
only (2.5 % %) said "good" and (6.9 %) said "I don't know".

The Citizen's Concern

With regard to the question:"What is your main concern at present ?", (24.9
%) answered "job/money", (19.2 %) "safety", (22.2 %) "health" and (33.7 %)
"the future".

Self-content with one's life:

And lastly responding to the question:" Given a scale of self-content
between (1) and (10) grades where (1) stands for "extremely discontent" and
(10) for "extremely content", where would you stand on this scale ?", the
result was -as an arithmetic average - (5.24) at a standard deviation of
(2.024) degree. This means that the Palestinian public is generally somehow
content with their lives.

Methodology of the Survey Study:

Dr. Nabil Kukali said that all interviews of this survey were conducted
inside the respondents' homes, i.e. face-to-face .The choices were randomly
taken in accordance with a long experienced, scientific methodology applied
by PCPO from a total of (185) sites, (135) from the West Bank and (50) from
Gaza Strip.

The margin of error in this poll was (+/-2.77 %) at a significance level of
(95.0%). Dr. Kukali added that the rate of the female respondents in this
survey was (49.2%) against (50.8%) male respondents. The allocation of the
sample in respect of the residential areas was as follows:

(63.8 %) West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and (36.2 %) Gaza Strip. The
average age of the respondents was (34.7) years.

For following up the most recent polls of the Palestinian Center for Public
Opinion, please revert to our website: www.pcpo.org
Contact Person: Dr. Nabil Kukali Tel: +970 2 277 4846, Fax: +970 2 277 4892
Mobile: +970 599 726 878
P.O. Box 15, Beit Sahour - Palestine
Email: dr.kukali@pcpo.org

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