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Palestinian poll: Support for Hamas has tripled in West Bank, 88% want Abbas to resign



A wartime opinion poll among Palestinians published today shows a rise in support for the Hamas terror group, even in the devastated Gaza Strip, and an overwhelming rejection of Western-backed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, with nearly 90% saying he must resign.

The PA administers parts of West Bank and governed Gaza until a takeover by Hamas in 2007. The Palestinians have not held elections since 2006, when Hamas won a parliamentary majority.

The polls shows 57% of respondents in Gaza and 82% in the West Bank believe Hamas was correct in launching its October 7 onslaught, in which some 1,200 people in Israel, mostly civilians, were murdered and over 240 were taken hostage. A large majority believes Hamas’s claims that it acted to “defend” the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and win the release of Palestinian security prisoners. Only 10% say they believed Hamas has committed war crimes, with a large majority saying they did not see videos showing the terrorists committing atrocities.

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Overall, 88% want Abbas to resign, up by 10 percentage points from three months ago. In the West Bank, 92% call for the resignation of the octogenarian who has presided over an administration widely seen as corrupt, autocratic and ineffective.

At the same time, 44% in the West Bank say they support Hamas, up from just 12% in September. In Gaza, the terror group enjoys 42% support, up from 38% three months ago.

Support for the PA has declined further, with nearly 60% now saying it should be dissolved.

With survey results indicating a further erosion of the PA’s legitimacy, at a time when there’s no apparent path toward restarting credible negotiations on Palestinian statehood, the default for postwar Gaza is open-ended Israeli control, says pollster Khalil Shikaki.

“Israel is stuck in Gaza,” Shikaki tells The Associated Press ahead of the publication of the survey’s results by his Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, or PSR. “Maybe the next [Israeli] government will decide that Netanyahu is not right in putting all these conditions, and they might decide to withdraw unilaterally from Gaza. But the default for the future, for Israel and Gaza, is that Israel is in full reoccupation of Gaza.”

The survey was conducted among 1,231 people in the West Bank and Gaza from November 22 to December 2, with an error margin of 4 percentage points.