The popularity of Hamas has decreased in the second quarter of 2008 compared to the first quarter of the year. According to a poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Survey and Policy Research, Mahmoud Abbas would receive 52 percent of the votes if presidential elections were held today and the only two candidates were Abbas and Ismail Haniyeh. The former would receive 40 percent.
In last March, 49 percent believed that Haniyeh should stay in office as prime minister. This percentage has dropped to 45 percent. Support of Fayyad’s government staying in office has risen from 38 to 42 percent.
23 percent give a positive evaluation of the status of democracy in the Gaza Strip under the Hamas cabinet, while 33 percent hold a positive view of the status of democracy in the West Bank under Fayyad’s cabinet.
Read: Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research, Poll No. 28 – Press Release, http://www.pcpsr.org/survey/polls/2008/p28epressrelease.html
Read: Full analysis, PSR Poll No. 28, http://www.pcpsr.org/survey/polls/2008/p28e.pdf
Read: Alertnet, “Abbas overtakes Haniyeh in Palestinian Survey, 9 June 2008,” http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L09182909.htm