The Arab World for Research and Development, which is based in Palestine, surveyed 668 Palestinians in both the West Bank and Gaza Strip from October 31 to November 7, which was conducted through in-person interviews with residents across the West Bank, and in shelters in Gaza. Their sample stretched across all socioeconomic levels, had equal amounts of adult men and women, and was proportionally distributed through the two regions.
Support for the October 7 terrorist attacks was overwhelming, with only roughly 1 in 10 West Bank residents opposing them, and just over 1 in 5 Gazans opposing them. Opposition to the attacks are likely only higher in Gaza because of the retaliation from Israel they provoked.
In both Palestinian territories, roughly 98% said they’re proud to be Palestinian in light of “ongoing events.”
As for their solution to the conflict, of West Bank residents, nearly eight in ten support the Tlaib Option of a Palestinian state “from the river to the sea,” which implies the destruction of Israel. The number is only marginally lower from Gaza Strip residents.
When it comes to who would govern a Palestinian state, Hamas is a clear favorite compared to their secular counterpart Fatah. Nearly 9 in 10 West Bank residents (which is governed by Fatah) support Hamas, while mostly having negative attitudes towards Fatah. Meanwhile, Hamas enjoys support from 6 in 10 Gazans, of whom only 1 in 10 view Fatah in a positive light. For reference, in the last Palestinian elections in 2006, Hamas took in 44.45% of the vote to Fatah's 41.43%.
Meanwhile, an entire 0.3% of West Bank residents have a positive view of the U.S., compared to 1.4% of Gazans - a group that Democrats now want to take in a sizable population of as refugees.Matt Palumbo is the author of Fact-Checking the Fact-Checkers: How the Left Hijacked and Weaponized the Fact-Checking Industry and The Man Behind the Curtain: Inside the Secret Network of George Soros