01/03/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Palestinians Have Little Faith Obama Will Help Peace Talks

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Most Palestinians think the election of Barack Obama as US president will have no impact on the chances of a solution to the conflict with Israel, said an opinion poll published on Wednesday. It found that 57.5 percent of respondents thought that Obama's election "will make no difference" from the outgoing US administration in terms of Middle East peace talks with Israel.

The poll reported that 20.2 percent of Palestinians were "more optimistic," 17.7 percent were "more pessimistic," and the rest were undecided.

A massive majority of 75.7 percent said they were "not at all satisfied" over the role of the United States in the Middle East peace process, with just 8 percent saying they were happy with Washington as sponsor.

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