Poll: Barghouti would defeat Abbas, Haniyeh for PLO head

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April 1, 2013 18:17

Jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti would defeat Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh in  presidential elections, a public opinion poll published on Monday showed.

Conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, the poll covered 1,270 Palestinians and has a margin of error of 3%.

According to the poll, if new presidential elections were held today and only two were nominated, Abbas would receive 52% of the vote, while Haniyeh would get only 41%.

The only candidate who is capable of defeating both Abbas and Haniyeh is Barghouti, who is serving five-life terms in prison for his role in anti-Israel terror activities.

The poll showed that if Barghouti ran today against Haniyeh, he would receive the support of 60% of voters as opposed to 33% for the latter.


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