While the Hamas terrorist regime ruling Gaza may have celebrated the outcome of last summer's war it launched against Israel as a "victory," disappointment among residents in the coastal enclave under its rule is rapidly growing according to a new survey – and half of them are thinking about emigrating from Gaza.
A new poll conducted by the Ramallah-based Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PCPSR) in Judea, Samaria and Gaza between last Thursday and Saturday and published on Tuesday polled a total of 1,200 people in face-to-face interviews, with a margin of error at 3%.
The most dramatic finding of the poll was that a full 50% of respondents in Gaza are considering emigrating from the area, indicating the highest percentage ever found by PCPSR in its polls.
Among Arab residents of Judea and Samaria that figure was not too far behind, with 25% saying they want to leave and not live under Palestinian Authority (PA) rule.
As for the terror war launched by Hamas last summer, 59% overall said Hamas won – a sharp decline form nine months ago when 69% agreed with the Hamas party line. However, among residents of Gaza only 47% said Hamas won, showing how disillusionment with the terror organization's claims are sharpest under its control.
Even more tellingly, only 35% were satisfied with the "achievements" of the war compared to the damage inflicted to Gaza, as opposed to a full 63% who were dissatisfied with the results of the war.
And yet the growing dissatisfaction did not stop 63% from supporting launching rockets at Israel if the "siege" is not ended – while Hamas has claimed Israel is imposing a siege the Jewish state has in fact been allowing in a daily influx of goods, with many materials including cement being siphoned by Hamas to rebuild its terror tunnel infrastructure.
Serious human rights violations
When asked about potential presidential elections, jailed Fatah terrorist Marwan Barghouti was shown as gaining 38% of the support and handily outpacing Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh who got 34%, as well as PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas who would only get 25%.
Partially explaining the low support for the PA and Hamas compared with the jailed terrorist are the rampant human rights abuses committed by the two organizations.
A full 79% said there is corruption in PA institutions, while only a paltry 23% in Judea-Samaria and 18% in Gaza say there is freedom of the press.
The respondents also indicated widespread fear of criticizing the government, with roughly two-thirds in both Judea and Samaria as well as in Gaza saying people can't criticize the authorities without fear.
No less than 48% believe the PA is a burden on the Palestinian Arabs, and 76% called for the police forces in Gaza and Judea-Samaria to be unified, thereby taking police control away from Hamas in Gaza.
An overwhelming majority of 86% support the boycott movement against Israel, and 88% said they have stopped buying Israeli products. However, only 64% say they think the boycott will end the "occupation."