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Poll: 70 pct of Palestinians expect peace talks to fail

Nov. 6, 2013 4:06 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 7, 2013 9:38 A.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Over 70 percent of Palestinians expect US-sponsored peace talks with Israel to fail, according to a public opinion poll conducted by the Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah National University.

The poll, published Wednesday, used a sample of 1,360 people in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and asked the Palestinian public about their perceptions of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Over 53 percent of those asked said they did not support a return to negotiations with Israel, and 90.1 percent view US policy as generally biased in favor of Israel.

Eighty percent of respondents said they supported conducting a referendum among Palestinians before signing any agreement with Israel, with 51.8 percent of those asked saying they supported a two-state solution.

Nearly 58 percent of people polled expect the outbreak of a third Intifada if current negotiations fail, with one in three people supporting the dissolution of the Palestinian Authority if talks break down.

A majority of those polled (58.7 percent) said they supported a nonviolent, unarmed popular uprising if talks failed, with around 38 percent supporting armed resistance.

A majority of over 73 percent of Palestinian polled said they neither feel safe for themselves or their families and properties under the current circumstances, with one in three people considering emigrating due to the political and economic circumstances.

The sample of people polled was drawn randomly and the margin of error is about ±3 percent.
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