A new poll has found that a majority of Palestinians want Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas to resign while more than half of the Palestinian public fear publicly criticizing the PA.

The poll was carried out in both Gaza Strip and west Bank from September 14 to 16 by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PSR).

The survey’s findings reveal that a majority of Palestinians in the occupied territories are concerned about the future of civil liberties.

According to the poll, sixty-seven percent of Palestinians demand Abbas’ resignation. In the Gaza Strip, the figure stands at 80 percent.

Fifty-seven percent of Palestinians believe a two-state solution is no longer viable, according to the poll.

On 9 January 2009, Abbas term as president, at least as he was originally elected, ended. However he declined to step down and has ignored calls to appoint a successor.

Abbas has been widely criticized by Palestinian right activists for his inaction against Israeli aggression.

“Israel relies as much on the compromised government of Mahmoud Abbas for its control of Palestinians as it does on the Israeli military,” said Murray Dobbin, one of Canada’s most popular progressive political commentators and analysts.