February 9, 2009 - 1:00am

Only a quarter of the Palestinians in Gaza support Hamas, Army Radio reported Monday.

According to the findings of a new poll conducted in Gaza by the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion, support in the ruling Hamas government has drastically gone down following the Israel Defense Forces offensive in the coastal strip.

Only 28% of the Palestinians now say they support Hamas, compared to 51% who voiced their support for Hamas in November 2008.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' moderate Fatah party has seen a rise in favorability rate, with 42% of the Palestinians in Gaza now supporting Fatah, compared to 31% in November.

Despite the findings of the poll, more than half of those questioned said they hold Israel responsible for the recent escalation in Gaza.


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