Poll: Abbas popularity down

Published October 18th, 2009 - 11:37 GMT

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas' approval rating has dipped in recent weeks but his Fatah party remains more popular than Hamas, a poll indicated Sunday. Palestinian confidence in Abbas has dropped to 12.1 percent compared to 17.8 percent in June, according to the poll by the Jerusalem Media and Communications Centre (JMCC).


Meanwhile, Fatah remains far more popular than Hamas, with 40 percent saying they would vote for Fatah in the next general elections compared to 18.7 percent who said they would vote for Hamas. According to AFP, the JMCC poll found that 58.4 percent of Palestinians do not believe the policies of US President Barack Obama will make any difference, with just 23.7 percent saying they would improve the chances of reaching a peace agreement.

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