New Palestinian Poll Shows Overwhelming Support For Hamas

Despite the media’s insistence that most Palestinians oppose Hamas, a newly-released poll found that three-quarters of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza support Hamas’ October 7 terror attacks on Israel and nearly as many Palestinians want to make “from the river to the sea” a reality, The Messenger reported.

Arab World for Research and Development (AWRAD), an independent public research firm affiliated with Birzeit University in the West Bank, surveyed 668 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza between October 31 and November 7.

The survey found that 75 percent were either “extremely” or “somewhat” supportive of Hamas’ actions on October 7, including 59 percent who said they were “extremely” supportive and 16 percent who said they were “somewhat” supportive.

When asked about their overall view of the Iranian-backed terror group, 76 percent of Palestinians either held a “very positive” or “somewhat positive” view of Hamas.

However, as noted in The Messenger, opinion polling among Palestinians is notoriously unreliable, particularly in Gaza which is controlled by Hamas. Palestinians in Gaza could risk reprisal if they voice opposition to their terrorist leaders.

During the 2006 elections that saw Hamas take power in Gaza, most opinion polls incorrectly showed that Palestinians supported the more moderate Fatah party. When Hamas rode to victory, even the Bush administration, which pushed the Palestinians to hold elections in hopes that it would bring democracy to the Gaza Strip, was caught off guard.

In the AWRAD poll, 47 percent of Gazans said their homes were at least partially demolished during Israel’s strikes, and another 13 percent said they had an immediate family member who was killed.

Nearly 75 percent of respondents said they want a Palestinian state that spans “from the river to the sea,” the slogan the Anti-Defamation League has said is antisemitic since it is calling for the complete elimination of Israel.