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Three-quarters of Palestinians want Mahmoud Abbas to resign

Nearly three-quarters of Palestinians (73%) want Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to step down, according to a new poll.

The poll, conducted by the Palestinian Center for Political Research and Survey (PCPSR), also showed that if presidential elections were held today, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh would defeat Abbas. If only the two were in the running, Haniyeh would get 54% of the vote and Abbas 38%.

However, neither Hamas nor the ruling Fatah faction under Abbas deserves to represent and lead the Palestinian people, according to 33% of respondents. said neither side deserved such a role, 31% think Hamas fared slightly better (31%) than Fatah (29%).

Instead, Marwan Barghouti, a convicted terrorist serving five life sentences for orchestrating attacks during the Second Intifada, would be the big winner, getting 59% of the vote while Haniyeh would come in second with 37%. .

In total, 84% consider the institutions of the Palestinian Authority to be corrupt, while 69% say the same about the institutions of Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Some 68% believe the likelihood of a Palestinian state alongside Israel within the next five years is slim to non-existent, while 30% believe the chance is medium to high.

Asked to choose the most effective way to “end the Israeli occupation and build an independent state”, the audience split into three groups: 44% chose “armed struggle”, 25% negotiations and 24 % the “popular resistance”.

Moreover, 70% are unconditionally opposed to the resumption of Palestinian-Israeli negotiations. 64% oppose dialogue with the United States under President Joe Biden.

The poll, conducted March 16-20, polled 1,200 Palestinians and has a 3% margin of error.


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