Haniyeh Beats Abbas in Poll

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CBNNews.com - RAMALLAH, West Bank - The latest poll conducted by a Palestinian group shows that Gaza-based Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh would beat Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas if elections were held today.

The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research poll, which has a 3 percent margin of error, questioned 1,270 Arab residents of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank).

According to the survey, Israel's three-week military operation in the Gaza Strip boosted Hamas's standing.

Haniyeh's approval rating rose to 47 percent, up from 38 percent in a poll conducted last December.

The Hamas faction's popularity rating rose from 28 percent in the December poll to 33 percent.

The latest poll also revealed that Marwan Boughouti, former leader of Fatah's Tanzim militia who is serving five consecutive life sentences for murder, would beat Haniyeh by a wide margin: 61 to 34 percent.

Abbas popularity dropped by three percentage points -- from a 48 percent popularity rating in the December poll to 45 percent in the new survey.

Meanwhile, a Hamas delegation, led by Damascus-based deputy chief Moussa Abu Marzouk, is meeting with a Fatah delegation, led by former PA Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia, have begun 10 days of meetings in Cairo to pave the way for the formation of a unity government.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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