Fatah member looks at list of candidates 311 (R).
(photo credit: Fadi Arouri / Reuters)
More than 80 percent of Palestinians believe there is corruption in the
Palestinian Authority, but Fatah, the ruling faction in the West Bank, would
still win if new elections were held today, according to a public opinion poll
The poll, which was conducted by the Jerusalem Media
& Communications Center, included 1188 Palestinians who were interviewed
face-to-face in the West Bank and Gaza Strip last week. The poll has a margin of
error of 3%.
Fatah and Hamas are hoping to hold new presidential and
parliamentary elections within the next two to three months.
Hamas announced that it has agreed to allow the Palestinian Central Elections
Committee to start registering voters in the Gaza Strip. The process will
last for six weeks after which the vote would be held in the Palestinian
The poll showed that 51% of Palestinians support holding
presidential and parliamentary elections, but only if reconciliation is reached
between Hamas and Fatah.
Forty-two percent of respondents said they would
vote for Fatah, while 19% said they would choose Hamas.
However, the poll
showed that nearly half of the Palestinians are convinced that Fatah has failed
to implement reforms and combat corruption.
About 50% of Palestinians
said they would vote for jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti when and if he
decides to participate in the presidential election. Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal
got only 20% of support, according to the results of the poll.
nearly half of the respondents said they did not believe that Hamas and Fatah
would be able to overcome their differences and agree on
Palestinians’ confidence in the Palestinian Authority
dropped from 67% last November to 60% today, the poll showed. Still, more than
65% of respondents said they were opposed to dissolving the PA.
to the survey, 50% of respondents still believe in the two-state solution as
opposed to 25% who favor a one state solution.
Approximately 80% of
Palestinians said they preferred “peaceful resistance” against Israel compared
to 55% who support the armed struggle.