Poll reveals 74% of Palestinians continue to miss Yasser Arafat, 60% support ”calm” with Israel
A recent poll revealed that the majority of Palestinians, some 74%, continue to miss the late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat a full year since his death, while some 61% of Palestinians support current President Mahmoud Abbas.
The poll, conducted by Dr. Nabil Kukali and the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion (PCPO), interviewed 825 adult Palestinians for the study.
"The most important finding the poll has disclosed is that the majority of the Palestinians feel the position of late president Yasser Arafat is still firm in their intuition," Dr. Kukali said, according to WAFA.
According to poll results, some 70% of Palestinians did not support the recent Hadera bombing which killed six Israelis, though the number of Palestinians who supported the current period of "calm," fell by 17%.
Some 60% of Palestinians, however, remain in favor of the renewal of the calm period with Israel set to expire at the end of 2005.
Furthermore, the overwhelming majority of the Palestinians confirmed that they would entrust the European Community to control the borders between the Gaza Strip and Egypt.