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Poll: Only 10 percent of Gazans would vote for Abbas

Sept. 16, 2014 10:59 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 16, 2014 8:14 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Only 10 percent of Palestinians in Gaza would vote for current president Mahmoud Abbas if elections were held now, according the results of a recent poll released Tuesday.

Some 29.8 percent would vote for senior Hamas official Ismail Haniyeh, who headed the former government in the Strip, the poll, conducted by the Gaza-based House of Wisdom Institute, showed.

Twenty-eight percent would choose jailed Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, and 32.4 percent would choose a different candidate.

Meanwhile, the Fatah and Hamas movements would be neck in neck in legislative elections, with 30.8 percent for Fatah and 30 percent for Hamas.

Regarding the Israeli assault on Gaza, 73.6 percent of those surveyed were satisfied with the performance of the militant factions in "resisting and withstanding" Israeli forces.

A plurality thought the Israeli aggression unified Palestinians, but thought that disputes between Hamas and Fatah would continue in the aftermath of the war.

Over 40 percent said they were dissatisfied with the conditions of the Egyptian-brokered truce deal, in which Israel agreed to expand the fishing zone off Gaza's coast and to ease the siege on the coastal enclave. On top of that, nearly 60 percent said they expected Israel not to abide by the deal at all.

The survey was conducted in 30 locations across Gaza -- three areas in the Northern governorate, eight in Gaza City, six in the Middle Area district, seven in Khan Younis, and six in Rafah.

Israel's assault on Gaza lasted seven weeks, leaving over 2,100 Palestinians dead and over 11,000 injured. It came as Palestinian leaders were working to implement a West Bank-Gaza unity government agreed upon in April.

In the aftermath of the war, tensions between Hamas and Fatah have increased, with Abbas accusing the Islamist movement of running a "shadow government" in Gaza and Hamas leaders arguing that the unity government is not doing enough in the Strip.
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