PALESTINE - Dec 6 - Presidential Candidates In Statistical Dead Heat.
According to two opinion polls made public, the two leading
presidential candidates, Mahmoud Abbas and Marwan Barghouti, are in a
statistical dead heat ahead of the election Jan. 9 to replace the late
Yasser Arafat. A third poll gave a comfortable lead to Abbas, a former
PM and the official nominee of the dominant Fatah movement. Abbas has a
slim lead of 40% to 38%, according to the Palestinian Center for Policy
and Survey Research. Barghouti had a narrow advantage of 46% to 44%,
according to a poll conducted by Bir Zeit University's Development
Studies Program. The third poll, staged by the Palestinian Center for
Public Opinion, gave Abbas a clear lead of 40% to 22%.