World Bulletin/News Desk
The popularity of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has risen following Israel's recent onslaught on the Gaza Strip compared with that of the leaders of Palestinian resistance faction Hamas, results of a new Palestinian poll show.
The poll, conducted by the Arab World for Research and Development, an independent Palestinian think tank, and released on Monday, found that "positive views" of Abbas' performance had risen from 13 percent in July to 36 percent currently.
"On the other hand, positive views of the performance of Khaled Meshaal, chief of Hamas' political office, fell to 37 percent from 66 percent," the poll asserted.
It said that 21.8 percent of respondents believed Abbas had the ability to establish a Palestinian state.
Only 13 and 12.5 percent of respondents, meanwhile, believed that Meshaal or Hamas deputy chief Ismail Haniyeh respectively had the ability to establish a Palestinian state.
Around 32.4 percent of respondents, meanwhile, said they would vote for Abbas' Fatah movement in future elections, the poll asserted, while only 25 percent said they would vote for Hamas.
It added that 37 respondents preferred a government led by incumbent Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, while only 31 percent would prefer a government led by Haniyeh.
The poll noted that 38 percent of interviewees said they would vote for Abbas in the next presidential election, while 27 percent said they would vote for Mehsaal.
The poll went on to say that 49 percent of the residents of the Gaza Strip, which has been governed by Hamas since 2007, said they would vote for Abbas, while 26 percent said they would vote for Haniyeh.
Meawhile, 33 percent of the residents of the West Bank, which is ruled by Abbas' Fatah movement, said they would vote for Haniyeh in presidential polls, while 31 percent said they would vote for Abbas, the poll found.
The poll also found that 53 percent of Gaza Strip residents do not trust Hamas, while 33 percent do not trust Fatah.
The poll further found that 40 percent of West Bank residents do not trust Fatah, while 28 percent do not trust Hamas.
Anadolu Agency could not obtain immediate comment from either Hamas or Fatah on the poll results.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 14 Ekim 2014, 10:11