Poll: Right Up to 71 MKs, 57% Like Netanyahu
100 days into the administration of Binyamin Netanyahu, a poll shows Likud and the nationalist wing gaining popularity. According to a telephone poll carried out by Shvakim Panorama for Israel Television Channel One's Friday Night news magazine, the right wing bloc would grow from the current 65 seats to 71 while Kadima would lose five seats and Labor would lose three, if elections were held today.
These are the results that were received, current Knesset seats are in brackets:
29  Likud
23  Kadima
16  Yisrael Beiteinu
12  Shas
10  Labor
06  UTJ
05  Meretz
11  Arab parties
04  Nat'l Union
04  Jewish Home]
While the mainstream media has been almost unanimous in declaring Netanyahu a failure, most of the Israeli public appears to think otherwise. When asked if the following officials were doing a good job, this is the percentage of people who said “yes”:
57% Prime Minister Netanyahu
39% MK Tzipi Livni (as leader of the opposition)
68% Defense Minister Ehud Barak
49% Foreign Minster Avigdor Lieberman
40% Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz
When asked whom they would prefer to see as Prime Minister, 49 percent named Netanyahu and 32 percent chose Livni. 19 Percent said they do not know. Almost 30 percent of Kadima voters prefer Netanyahu over Livni as prime minister.
The poll was based on a representative sample of 516 adult Israelis, including Arabs with Israeli citizenship. Some 12 percent of those polled didn't say what party they would vote for.
"There's a gap between the media and the public,” said Channel One political reporter Ayala Hasson. “There is media discourse and it might still sink into the public but the media discourse is not correlated to public opinion," she added.