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Hamas gains Popularity - Public Opinion Poll March 2006

The result of an opinion poll of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in the midst of March shows the increasing popularity of Hamas while Fatah’s decreases. 47% would have voted for Hamas and 39% for Fatah. In the Gaza Strip, Hamas received 51% of the vote and Fatah 37%.
The result of an opinion poll of the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR) in the midst of March shows the increasing popularity of Hamas while Fatah’s decreases. 47% would have voted for Hamas and 39% for Fatah. In the Gaza Strip, Hamas received 51% of the vote and Fatah 37%.

In the view of 37% of the public, Hamas won the parliamentary elections because voters wanted first and foremost an Islamic Palestinian authority that rules according to religious Sharia. But 36% believe that Hamas won because voters primarily wanted a clean authority that fights corruption. In the view of 52% Fatah lost the elections because voters mainly wanted to punish it for the spread of corruption.

This PSR survey was conducted with the support of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Ramallah.

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