In the course of surfing around and looking at the state of things in the Arab world – part of my effort to try and assess what the impacts of Iraq and the recent changes in the Middle East might be – I found this recent poll, taken in June by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research.
5) From among the following factors, which one is the most important in determing your vote for one list against another?
|1) the political party or faction it belongs to||8.9||8.7||9.2|
|2) The ability of the list to reach a peace agreement with Israel||17.2||16.5||18.2|
|3) The ability of the list to insure the continuation of the intifada||3.0||2.7||3.4|
|4) The ability of the list to improve economic conditions||15.6||14.7||16.9|
|5) The ability of the list to fight corruption and implement reform measures||24.3||24.2||24.5|
|6) The ability of the list to enforce law and order||8.2||8.7||7.5|
|7) The ability of the list to protect national unity||11.6||12.4||10.4|
|8) The ability of the list to protect refugee rights in negotiations||9.5||10.5||8.0|
|Total%||West Bank%||Gaza Strip%|
Note that reaching a peace agreement was the most important for 17.2%, improving economic conditions was most important for 15.6 percent, fighting corruption was most important for 24.3 percent, and ensuring the continuation of the intifada was most important for 3.0 percent.
I’ve argued for a while that the bulk of the Palestinian people – like the bulk of people anywhere want the same thing – a future for their children, a safe home, and the chance to build a better life for themselves.
I’ll suggest that this poll supports that…