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Poll: One-state solution gains ground

April 21, 2010 10:15 A.M. (Updated: April 23, 2010 9:53 A.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - Support for a one-state solution is the highest it has ever been, a new poll by the Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre released on Wednesday indicated.

The poll covered support for the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank and the Hamas-led government in Gaza, as well as gauging trust in Palestinian politicians. It has a margin of error of three percentage points, the JMCC said.

Nearly 34 percent of respondents favored a binational state in all of historic Palestine over the two-state solution, which only 43.9 percent supported, the JMCC poll found.

The decline in support for the two-state solution has persisted since shortly after the start of the Palestinian uprising in September 2000, however, those who favored a binational state were only 20.6 percent in June 2009.

In 2001, 18.3 percent of respondents favored a binational state, according to JMCC polls.

Peace process

Just over 30 percent of respondents believe that the peace process is dead and that there is no chance that negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians will be resumed.

An additional 46.2 percent believe the peace process is passing through a difficult time and are uncertain of the outcome. Only 18.4 percent of Palestinians believe the peace process is alive and well.

The poll noted a "rise in optimism," with 68 percent of Palestinians saying they are optimistic toward the future, over 63 percent in October last year.

General elections

Over half of Palestinians will participate in local council elections planned for June, participants said.

Support for Fatah candidates stands at 60 percent, whether or not Hamas participates in the elections, the JCMM poll found, revealing that support for Fatah is slightly higher in the Gaza Strip than in the West Bank.

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