88.9 percent of Gaza Palestinians support the firing of rockets at Israeli civilians from Gaza, according to a public opinion poll released Wednesday.
The poll, conducted by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion in Beit Sahour, a village on the outskirts of Bethlehem, also showed that 75.4 percent of Palestinians believe the rocket fire from Gaza has increased “deterrence” against Israel of the Palestinian Resistance has increased.
The poll was overseen by Dr. Nabil Kukal, founder and director of the Center, and conducted during the period from August 14-19. Participants included a random sample of 1000 adult respondents representing a range of demographics amongst the Palestinian population in the Gaza Strip.
Elias Kukali, head of Research and Study at PCPO, said the interviews were conducted face-to-face at the respondents’ homes in northern Gaza, Gaza City, Deir El-Balah, Khan Yunis and the governorate of Rafah.
Other poll results included
- 61.2 percent of the Palestinians oppose the deployment of UN forces in Gaza
- 54.0 percent are satisfied with the performance of the PA-president “Abu Mazen”.
- 64.7 percent rated the stances of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as “negative”.
- 58.1 percent are content with the ICRC performance, (71.2 %) with that of the UNRWA.