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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Opinion poll shows majority of Palestinians support UN bid

Ma'an -- A public opinion poll released Tuesday has found that a majority of Palestinians support going to the United Nations in September to ask for recognition of a state.

The results of the poll showed that 65.4 percent of people supported going to the UN in September to obtain recognition for a Palestinian State.

The poll also found that 50.3 percent of the Palestinian public would choose Salam Fayyad to head the next interim government over independent candidates at 27.1 percent and Hamas candidate Jamal Khodary at 11.6 percent.

Results also showed that 72.2 percent of Palestinians believe that not implementing the reconciliation deal is detrimental to the Palestinian national interest.

Participants were also asked about if they thought the situation in Palestine was going in the right or wrong direction.

Forty six percent of people responded in the 'wrong' direction with 47.3 percent saying the 'right direction.'

The poll was conducted by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion in Beit Sahour near Bethlehem and questioned a random sample of 1,001 Palestinian adults from the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.