Daily Israel Report

On the Crest: Netanyahu Soaring in the Polls

Netanyahu has jumped a whopping 33% in public opinion polls in Israel this month.
By Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 5/26/2011, 11:24 AM / Last Update: 5/26/2011, 11:27 AM

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s visit to the U.S. and his speeches before Congress and AIPAC have done him well in public opinion.

A survey carried out by Dialogue shows that 51% of the public now gives Netanyahu positive marks, compared with only 38% just a month ago.

Asked about his speech before the Congress, 47% said it was a success, while 36% were not pleased with it. 

Nearly half the public said they felt “pride” when watching Netanyahu’s speech, while 22% said they didn’t see it.

Regarding U.S. President Barack Obama, a quarter of the Israeli public feels he is friendly to Israel, while 20% say he is hostile. Three out of every seven Israelis polled feel Obama is neither hostile nor friendly, but rather “to the point.”

Another poll carried out this week, by the Sarid Institute for Channel 2 News, shows that the Likud enjoys the support of 34 Knesset seats’ worth of the populace, compared to the 27 parliament mandates it actually has. A Dahaf poll of several weeks ago found that the Likud enjoyed 29 seats’ worth of support.