The Palestinian Center for Survey and Policy Research, which conducts quarterly surveys, found that support for Mr. Abbas and Fatah over Hamas and its leader, Ismail Haniya, continues to grow both in the West Bank and Gaza. A five percentage point advantage three months ago has nearly tripled to 14 percentage points, it reported, based on a mid-August survey. It also found a big increase in a sense of personal safety in the West Bank,
Both the Palestinian Center and Greenberg polls found substantial support among Palestinians for a two-state solution, where the two are described as Palestinian and Jewish states. The Palestinian survey found the public evenly divided — 49 percent to 49 percent — over a final accord of mutual recognition and end to conflict. The Greenberg poll found greater enthusiasm in the West Bank — 69 percent to 29 percent — than in Gaza, where 33 percent favored such a two-state solution compared with 56 percent opposed.