Poll: Hamas leader twice as popular among Palestinians as Abbas

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) A new poll by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research showed that Ismail Haniyeh, a leader of the Hamas terrorist group, is nearly twice as popular as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas among Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.

Abbas’s Fatah party and Hamas are currently part of a unity government. But if presidential elections were held today, 61 percent of Palestinians would vote for Haniyeh and only 32 percent would choose Abbas, according to the survey.

Before the 50-day conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, a poll by the same organization found that 41 percent of Palestinians backed Haniyeh and 53 percent supported Abbas. Both polls surveyed 1,270 Palestinians.

Posted on September 3, 2014 .