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Poll: Palestinians say U.N. bid to succeed

Sept. 18, 2011 at 4:36 PM

JERUSALEM, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- A poll indicates 57 percent of Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza believe their bid for statehood recognition in the United Nations will succeed.

The poll, conducted by Near East Consulting, also found that 84 percent of the 865 Palestinians polled support the U.N. bid, while 67 percent thought the Palestinian Authority could run an independent state, Haaretz reported Sunday.

Ninety percent of those polled believed Israel will exact harsh measures due to the bid, and 87 percent expected a similar response from the United States.

U.S. officials say they will veto the bid, but have reportedly been trying to convince enough U.N. Security Council members to vote against the proposal so they don't have to wield that power.

No margin of error for the poll was given by Haaretz. The report did not say when the poll was taken.

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