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Palestinian poll shows a rise in Hamas support and close to 90% wanting US-backed Abbas to resign

Palestinian poll shows a rise in Hamas support and close to 90% wanting US-backed Abbas to resign

BY KARIN LAUB, AP News

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — A wartime opinion poll among Palestinians published Wednesday shows a rise in support for Hamas, which appears to have ticked up even in the devastated Gaza Strip, and an overwhelming rejection of Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas, with nearly 90% saying he must resign.

The findings by a Palestinian pollster signal more difficulties ahead for the Biden administration’s postwar vision for Gaza and raise questions about Israel’s stated goal of ending Hamas’ military and governing capabilities.

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