A Palestinian public opinion survey carried out at the end of the summer’s Gaza war showed that Hamas is more popular than ever, and that most local Arabs are eager to continue the campaign of violence against Israel.
Conducted by the Ramallah-based Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, the poll began by asking respondents who won the latest Gaza flare-up.
An overwhelming 79 percent majority of Palestinians from both Gaza and the so-called “West Bank” said Hamas had clearly won the war, while just 3 percent said Israel had walked away victorious.
Despite the vast destruction visited upon Gaza, 94 percent of respondents said they were pleased with Hamas’ performance, and 86 percent would like rocket fire against Israel to continue.
Over 70 percent said they supported rocket fire from the West Bank, too, until Israel complies with Palestinian demands.
The poll revealed that if elections were held today, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh would easily defeat Mahmoud Abbas for the Palestinian Authority presidency.