The following are findings from AWRAD’s most recent online survey, conducted from the 19th to the 27th of December. 230 Palestinian opinion leaders in the West Bank and Gaza participated in the survey, which measured perceptions of the recent Fatah Congress. Respondents included political leaders, civil society leaders, academics, youth and women leaders, journalists, and Fatah-Congress members. For the full results, please refer to www.awrad.org.
Results of Fatah’s Congress: Respondents are divided on the significance and impact of
Fatah’s 7th Congress. Respondents split almost evenly with approximately one-third
believing the Congress strengthened, weakened or had no effect on the party.
Respondents are less divided when assessing the Congress’ broader impact on Palestine
with a plurality believing it had no impact (40 percent). A plurality (43 percent) is also
doubtful that the Congress was a positive expression of democracy. Respondents in the
West Bank are more positive than those in Gaza when assessing these issues.
Fatah’s Internal Elections: 44 percent of respondents believe that Fatah is more
democratic than other political parties, though 39 percent believe it is roughly the same.
A majority also believes Fatah’s internal elections were to some extent transparent and
fair. However, a majority (51 percent) is dissatisfied with the overall representation, as
well as the representation of women (54 percent). Again, responses in Gaza are less
positive than in the West Bank.
Fatah’s Platform: The majority of respondents (51 percent) do not believe that the
platform adopted by the Congress represents a significant change from the previous one.
23 percent believe it is a regression with respondents in Gaza more likely to believe this
is the case.
Congress’ Beneficiaries: When asked who gained the most from the Congress, a
majority (60 percent) of respondents identifies President Abbas.
Fatah Leaders: The most respected figure in Fatah’s Central Committee is Marwan
Barghouthi (38 percent), followed by Jibril Rajoub (11 percent) and Nasser al Qidwa (10
The Future: With the conclusion of the Congress, a plurality (40 percent) of respondents
believes Abbas should focus on new elections at all levels. Roughly one-quarter (24
percent) believes he should focus on reconciliation with Hamas. Three percent believes
the peace process should be the President’s goal.
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