I have compiled the results of a poll conducted by the Beirut Centre for Research & Information in a PDF file. 800 Lebanese from different sects and regions were asked 7 questions. I briefly summarize the results here: The majority are unsatisfied with the performance of the government and would like to see a national unity government. 92.6% of Shi’ites polled believe that the government’s performance in the rebuilding process has been “unacceptable”, compared to a solid 0% of Shi’ites polled considering the performance “good”. In contrast, 31.4% of Sunnis and 32.6% of Druze believe that the performance has been good. In terms of wartime performance of various ministries, Nayla Muawwad‘s Ministry of Social Affairs gets a dismal 0% of Shi’ite votes. Michel Aoun (LFPM) tops the list of nominees for the presidency, with an overwhelming 87% of Shi’ites polled supporting him, compared to 39.1% of Christians, 19.9% of Sunnis, and 14.8% of Druze. Respondents from the latter two sects prefer Butros Harb, who commands a minor lead over Aoun among the Sunni respondents, while Druze respondents prefer Harb to Aoun by a wider margin. The overall majority support early elections, but slightly over half of the Sunnis, and a bigger percentage of Druze polled are against it, compared to 70% of Christians and 94% of Shi’ites being in favour.
The poll results appear to be relatively accurate and representative. What is interesting is that the Sunni and Druze respondents appear to be in agreement over issues pertaining to unity government and elections (more than half of Sunnis and Druze polled are against it, whereas the opposite is true for the Shi’ites and Christians). The only thing that all four groups seem to be in agreement on is the performance of the health ministry, which gets the highest approval. Ironically, the performance ratings of ministries is highly influenced by the sectarian belonging of respondents. So, for example, while the minister of telecommunications (who is Durzi) receives 0% of Sunni and Shi’ite votes, and only 2.5% of Christian votes, he receives a whopping 8.8% of Druze votes. Of course, the correlation is merely horizontal and not vertical, given that some ministries (such as telecom) did not have as much relevance to the question as others (such as health). Nevertheless, each minister has received the highest approval from his own sect.
Note that the overall percentages do not take into account the actual demographic distribution by sect. In other words, the overall percentages would greatly differ if the real numbers are factored into the equation.