Palestinian poll: 40 percent of Gaza residents wish to emigrate
Survey shows 74% of Gazans back continuing truce, most Palestinians believe Abbas' time is up.
A Palestinian poll released on Thursday showed that 40 percent of the residents of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip wish to emigrate, compared to 25 percent in the West Bank.
The coastal territory is currently under an Israeli blockade, imposed by Israel in response to cross-border attacks by Gaza militants. According to the poll, 74 percent of Gazans support continuing the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas in the Strip that is set to end next week.
The poll also showed that most Palestinians believe Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' term should end in a matter of weeks. That indicates his support could erode if he stays on after a Jan. 9 deadline.
Abbas has said that Palestinian law gives him until early 2010. His Hamas rivals reject that claim.
The poll showed that 64 percent believe the Western-backed Abbas' term should end now. Only 24 percent believe he has another year.
The poll was released Thursday by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research. Pollsters surveyed 1270 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. The margin of error was 3 percentage points.