An absolute majority of Palestinians lost confidence in the credibility of U.S. President Barack Obama's efforts to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a poll said on Wednesday.

Only eight per cent of the 1,200 people surveyed “are still optimistic about Mr. Obama's seriousness in building a Palestinian state” while 67 per cent said Mr. Obama was not acting properly to settle the conflict on a two-state solution, according to the study conducted in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank by the Arab World Research and Development Centre (AWRAD).

When Mr. Obama delivered his renowned speech to the Muslim and Arab world in Cairo last June, 41 per cent of people told a similar survey that they were still hopeful of a change in the U.S. policy in the Middle East, AWRAD said.

Sixteen per cent said a Palestinian statehood could be created during Mr. Obama's era but 73 per cent ruled this out.

The current survey was conducted between February 25 and 27 after Washington presented a proposal to revive Israeli- Palestinian peace talks by leading indirect proximity talks between the two sides.

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