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      Poll: 78% Don't Trust Lapid as Finance Minister

      Over three quarters of Israelis do not trust Yair Lapid to lead Israel's economy to prosperity and success, a poll showed.
      By David Lev
      First Publish: 8/5/2013, 4:53 PM

      Finance Minister Yair Lapid
      Finance Minister Yair Lapid
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      Over three quarters of Israelis do not trust Yair Lapid to lead Israel's economy to prosperity and success, a poll released Monday said.

      The poll, taken by the Knesset Channel, claimed that 78% did not believe Lapid was doing a good job managing the Israeli economy, while 82% said that Lapid would not make a good Prime Minister.

      Only 20% of Israelis believed that Lapid had what it takes to lead the country economically, while just 12% said he would make a good political leader, the poll showed.

      When asked if Lapid had kept the promises he made during the election campaign, 54% said that he did not. Even worse for Lapid: 43% of those who identified themselves as Yesh Atid voters said that they would not vote for the party again. If elections were held today, Yesh Atid would get only 13 Knesset seats, compared to its current 19.

      The poll showed that the Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu would garner 30 seats if new elections were held today, making it the largest party in the Knesset. Both Bayit Yehudi and Labor would tie for second, with 17 seats.

      Behind Yesh Atid's 13 seats would be Shas, with 10 seats, the same number that Meretz would receive, according to the poll.