Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal arrives in Gaza 370 (R).
(photo credit: Mohammed Salem / Reuters)
Yet another public opinion poll reveals that Hamas is continuing to lose
popularity among Palestinians.
The survey, published on Wednesday by the
Jerusalem Media and Communications Center, also indicated drops in Palestinian
support for both the Oslo Accords and for violence.
published last week by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey in Ramallah,
also reflected a decline in Palestinians’ support for Hamas.
poll, which was based on a sample of 1,179 people over the age of 18 and has a 3
percentage point margin of error, found that more than 80 percent of
Palestinians support nonviolent means of “resistance” against
About 60% said that military operations harm Palestinian national
The proportion of Palestinians who support military operations
against Israel dropped from 50% in December 2012 to 31% in this
Moreover, support for firing rockets from the Gaza Strip at Israel
has dropped sharply; while 74% indicated their approval in December 2012, the
current figure stands at 38%, the poll showed.
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In terms of overall
support, Hamas’s popularity dropped from 28% in December 2012 to 20% in this
Similarly, the survey found that fewer Palestinians support the
Oslo Accords. While a poll in 1997 indicated that 68% of Palestinians supported
the Oslo Accords, this latest survey indicated that only 43% favor the
The poll also found that 33% of Palestinians believe that the
Oslo Accords have harmed their interests; another 34% consider them to have made
More than 55% of those surveyed expressed strong criticism
of the Palestinian Authority’s security coordination with Israel.
overwhelming majority of Palestinians (90%) believe that Hamas and Fatah should
pursue national reconciliation, even if this results in the US and Israel
imposing sanctions on the Palestinians.
Also, a majority of Palestinians
(59%) says both Hamas and Fatah are acting in their own interests instead of
Twenty-eight percent blamed Hamas for the ongoing
divisions among Palestinians, as opposed to 19% who held Fatah responsible.
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