In the recent study prepared by the poll center in Arab American University about the current political and election situation in the country, the results showed that 65% of Palestinians believe that the upcoming legislative and presidential elections will be on its decided time, and 71% of them decided to participate in the elections.
The study included both genders equally of 18 years old and older, and the data was collected between Feb. 10th, 2021 and Feb. 16th, 2021 on a random sample of 1122 of (60% from the West Bank and 40% from Gaza).
They study discussed some important indicators about the desire of people to be part of the coming elections, and the parties and movements that they are planning to elect. Results showed that 61% of Palestinians (68% males and 55% females) heard about the decision of H.E. Mahmoud Abbas- the President of Palestine about the law to amend the general elections law number (1) for the year 2007, the result was 49% in the West Bank and 79% in Gaza.
Moreover, 65% of participants think that the legislative and presidential elections will be on its determined time (62% in the West Bank and 68% in Gaza), which were (61% males and 69% females).
About the participation of the Palestinians in the legislative and presidential elections, 71% of them (73% males and 69% females) said that they will participate. However, there was a big difference between Gaza and the West Bank in the percentage of people who decided to participate in the elections, as 86% from Gaza said that they intend to participate while the percentage was only 62% in the West Bank.
Concerning the trust of the participants in the different parties, Fatah Movement got the highest percentage, then Hamas Movement. The lift-wing got a low percentage of trust between Palestinians, and one-third of the participants said that they do not trust any of the traditional movements and parties.
And when asked if they would support a united list from both Fatah and Hamas, 49% of them said that they would support such a list, but there was an obvious difference between Gaza (34%) and the West Bank (59%).
The percentage of males who said they would support the united list was 44% and the female percentage was 54%, whereas 44% were against this list (30% from the West Bank and 65% from Gaza). The percentage of males who were against this was 49% and 39% of females. Where 7% (11% in the West Bank and 2% in Gaza) said (I don’ know, or no opinion) which were 7% males and 8% females.