Poll shows Haniyeh beating Abbas in West Bank elections

Should the Palestinian Authority hold an election today, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh would beat out sitting PA President Mahmoud Abbas, a poll conducted among voters in the West Bank at the beginning of March and reported by Reuters showed on Monday. According to the poll, Haniyeh's popularity jumped nearly 10 percentage points since the end of Operation Cast Lead, from 38% to 47%. Abbas, on the other hand, has lost ground since the end of the fighting, falling from 48 percent to 45 percent.