: The majority of the Lebanese people believe a "foreign" solution to end the political deadlock, which satisfies the opposition and government leaders, might be reached soon, according to a new survey conducted by the
Center for Research and Information.
The survey, based on a sample of 800 respondents, was conducted between February 24 and 28.
Some 60 percent of respondents believed the solution to the ongoing crisis would come from outside
Asked which foreign party was working "honestly" to find a solution, over 40 percent said
Saudi Arabia, 17 percent said
Iran and 29 percent said there were no honest peace brokers.
As for which party is hampering the solution, 51 percent of those polled said the
United States, 17 percent said
Syria and 18 percent said
A speech made by Future Movement leader and MP Saad Hariri on February 14 during a commemoration of the second anniversary of the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was supported by more than 70 percent of respondents, the survey showed.
However, a speech made on the same day by Progressive Socialist Party (PSP) leader and MP Walid Jumblatt was rejected by 70 percent of respondents, as was that of Lebanese Forces (LF) leader Samir Geagea, by approximately 63 percent.
Meanwhile, a speech delivered by Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on February 16 was supported by 60 percent of respondents.
Nasrallah spoke during the annual commemoration of the deaths of two senior Hizbullah officials in Israeli attacks in 1984 and 1992.
Asked which party they believed their own party should ally itself with, 53 percent of Hizbullah and Amal supporters chose the Future Movement, while 38 percent of Future Movement supporters chose Hizbullah and Amal.
Future Movement supporters in
Beirut showed the least support for Hizbullah.
The majority of opposition supporters believe that the Future Movement is a moderate party, according to the survey.
Hizbullah and Amal supporters showed no interest in allying with the PSP or LF, while 19 percent of PSP partisans and 17 percent of those who identified with the LF said their parties should cooperate with Hizbullah.
Over 48 percent of LF supporters said they would like to be allied with the Free Patriotic Movement, while 12 percent of FPM partisans chose the LF.
Asked which party their parties should not ally, 45 percent of Hizbullah supporters chose the PSP and 26 percent of FPM supporters picked the LF, while 12.5 percent of LF respondents chose the FPM.
Concerning the political party which they believed was a burden on their national alliance, 14 percent of Future Movement supporters said the LF and 9 percent said the PSP. As for the opposition, 13 percent of FPM respondents said the Syrian Social Nationalist Party and 7 percent said Hizbullah.
is the head of the Beirut Center for Research and Information