Monday, 19 October 2009

Poll: support for Abbas at rock bottom after Goldstone

Abbas's days are surely numbered. This poll is probably an understatement of opinion as it didn't include anyone from Gaza in the sample.
RAMALLAH, Oct. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Palestinian National Authority's (PNA) support of delaying vote at a UN report on Gaza war has led to a decline in President Mahmoud Abbas's popularity, a poll suggested on Sunday.

People's confidence in Abbas "decreased to 12.1 percent in this poll compared with a ratio of 17.8 percent last June and 15.5 percent last October," said the survey, conducted by the Ramallah-based Jerusalem Media and Communications Center (JMCC).

The consequences of delaying the UN Human Rights Council's (UNHRC) October 2 vote on Gaza war report has also decreased satisfaction in the way Abbas runs the PNA. The level of that satisfactions has gone "down from 48.5 percent last October to 39.4 percent in this poll."

With an error margin of 3 percent, a sample of 1,200 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank was surveyed in this study between October 7 to October 11, before the UNHRC held its exceptional session on Friday and adopted a resolution condemning Israel and passing South African Judge Richard Goldstone's report to the UN General Assembly.