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More people around the world support an independent Palestinian state than oppose it, according to a BBC poll released on Monday.
surveyed people in 19 countries around the world asking them if they
support the establishment of a Palestinian state. Cumulatively, 49
percent of those surveyed support the move and 21% oppose it.
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the Palestinians prepared over the weekend to bring the question of
Palestinian statehood before the United Nations, Israel and the United
States tried feverishly to avoid the vote and instead entice the
Palestinians to return to the negotiating table.
Of the nations
surveyed, the strongest objections to the unilateral declaration came from
the United States and the Philippines (Israel was not among the nations
polled), where 36% of those surveyed said their government should not
support the move of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to
secure Palestinian statehood at the United Nations in New York this
week. Despite their objections, however, 45% of Americans and 56% of
Filipinos polled said they do support the move.
Europeans responded similarly, with 54% of French responders
supporting and 20% not supporting, 53% of Germans supporting and 28% not
supporting, and 53% of Brits supporting, with 26% not supporting the creation
of a Palestinian state.
Muslim countries showed stronger support for the state. Ninety percent
of Egyptians voted in favor, while only 9% opposed, and 60% of Turks
voted in favor, while only 19% voted against the move.
Of over 20,000 people surveyed during July and August, 30% of
responders either abstained from casting a vote or chose the "it depends"
option on the ballot.