Poll: Over 70% Palestinians still maintain Hamas ‘correct’ to commit Oct. 7 atrocities

Illustrative: Hamas supporters in the West Bank city of Hebron demonstrate on January 2, 2024, against an Israeli strike in Lebanon that killed the terror group's deputy leader. (Hazem Bader/AFP)
Illustrative: Hamas supporters in the West Bank city of Hebron demonstrate on January 2, 2024, against an Israeli strike in Lebanon that killed the terror group's deputy leader. (Hazem Bader/AFP)

A new poll released by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research finds declining levels of support for Hamas in both the Gaza Strip and West Bank, though the percentage who believe the terror group’s October 7 onslaught was “correct” is virtually unchanged.

According to the survey, 71% of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank back the October 7 massacres in which in terrorists killed some 1,200 people and kidnapped 253 others, versus 72% who said so when the organization’s previous poll was published in December.

While the overall figure remained steady, support for atrocities increased from 57% to 71% in Gaza the past three months and dipped from 82% to 71% in the West Bank.

Along with Islamist group itself, respondents gave high marks to the Hamas leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar over his conduct in the war, with 61% approving, though this was down some from 69% in December.

Among the other questions in the survey are who Palestinians would vote for if new parliament elections were held today. A plurality — 30% — say Hamas, followed by 14% for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement, which was just below the 15% for none of the above. Six percent of respondents say they’ll back third parties while 36% won’t vote.

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