Poll: Gazans Blame Hamas, Not Israel for Fuel Crisis (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 03/26/12)
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A recent poll conducted among Palestinian Authority Arabs has found
that a majority of residents of Hamas-controlled Gaza blame their
leaders, not Israel, for the fuel crisis in the region.
The poll, which was conducted by Arab World for Research &
Development (AWRAD), was released on Saturday.
When asked ‘Who do you blame the most for the fuel crisis in Gaza?’
48.4 percent of respondents said Hamas and its government in Gaza
were responsible for the crisis. 21.1 percent blamed Israel, which
last week transferred diesel to Gaza, and 11.6 percent said the PA
leadership under Chairman Mahmoud Abbas was responsible.
Participants were also asked who they think is playing the most
positive role to resolve the crisis, and Abbas’ leadership received
more than a quarter of the votes with 25.5 percent. Israel followed
with 21.5 percent, and Hamas only received 19.9 percent of the vote.
Respondents were asked to evaluate the overall performance of PA
leaders, and 43.3 percent said Abbas’ performance was positive. In
contrast, Hamas’ prime minister in Gaza, Ismael Haniyeh, received
40.5 percent negative feedback and only 28.3 percent positive
59.1 percent of respondents said they approve of Abbas’ performance,
while Haniyeh received a 53.3 percent disapproval rate.
At the same time, most respondents gave the PA government under Prime
Minister Salam Fayyad a negative rating in fields such as improving
economic conditions (33.2 percent), providing job opportunities (48.7
percent), improving the performance of the government institutions
(32.2 percent) and achieving transparent financial accounting (41.8
Haniyeh’s government received negative ratings as well, with 49.9
percent saying he failed to improve economic conditions and 61.5
percent saying he preformed negatively in providing job
opportunities. As well, 47.7 percent negatively rated him in terms of
improving the performance of the government institutions, and 49.2
percent said he failed in achieving transparent financial accounting.
The poll also addressed the split between Hamas and Fatah, with
respondents being asked whether they believe that Fatah is serious
about ending the division. 58.4 percent said they believed Fatah was
serious about ending the conflict, where as 50 percent said they did
not believe Hamas was serious about ending the conflict.
Abbas also enjoys political popularity, according to the poll, with
37.6 percent of respondents saying they would elect him as prime
minister given the choice. Haniyeh achieved 16.2 percent while Fayyad
only achieved 8.4 percent.
Abbas’ Fatah party would also achieve 44.1 percent of the votes
should legislative elections be held today, with Hamas far behind at
16.2 percent and the Islamic Jihad with only 2.3 percent.
In terms of presidential elections, as well, Abbas received a
majority with 37.6 percent. Haniyeh achieved 12.1 percent while arch-
terrorist Marwan Barghouti, often considered a frontrunner despite
being jailed in Israel, received only 10.5 percent. Fayyad achieved
4.7 percent while Hamas’ politburo chief Khaled Mashaal received just
The poll was conducted among 1,380 PA Arabs in Gaza and the PA-
controlled areas of Judea and Samaria. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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