Only 45 per cent of the 1,622 Palestinians interviewed in the West Bank and Gaza supported the peace agreement. This was down from 68 per cent in a similar poll last September. Fewer than 22 per cent thought Mr Arafat was a democrat, while 44 per cent said he had managed the negotiations badly.
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Almost half the Palestinians in the occupied territories disagree with the handling of negotiations with Israel by Yasser Arafat, chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, while only one-third see the PLO as fit to rule Jericho and the Gaza Strip, according to a poll by CNN and the Arabic satellite network MBC, writes Adel Darwish.