‘51% of Palestinians want urgent truce’
ByKhaled Abu Toameh
24 July 2014 03:14
Poll finds that while a majority of 64% express support for Hamas’s conditions, only 15% say they favor the position of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, the results reveal.
An Israeli mobile artillery unit fires towards the Gaza Strip July 21

An Israeli mobile artillery unit fires towards the Gaza Strip July 21. (photo credit:REUTERS)

More than half of the Palestinians want an immediate cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, according to a public- opinion poll published Wednesday.

The poll, which was conducted by the AWRAD research and development center in Ramallah, showed that 64 percent of Palestinians expressed support for Hamas’s conditions for a cease-fire.



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While a majority of 64% expressed support for Hamas’s conditions, only 15% said they favored the position of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, the results revealed.

The survey showed that 51% of respondents favored an immediate cease-fire that would be followed by negotiations on the points of disagreement.

An overwhelming majority of respondents, 93%, said they had a negative view of the US role in the crisis.

According to the results, Hamas’s performance has won the backing of 85% of Palestinians in the West Bank.

Abbas, by contrast, won the approval of only 13%.

Nearly 60% of respondents said that the Palestinians were winning the war, as opposed to 7% who said that Israel was victorious so far.

The poll indicated a rise in Hamas’s popularity among Palestinians over Fatah.

Hamas received support from 31% of the respondents, while Abbas’s Fatah faction won only 23%.

The poll covered some 1,100 Palestinians from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and was conducted between July 19 and July 21.
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