In today's headlines:‏ תג בכותרות

Finance Minister Yair Lapid Bottoms Out Public Approval Poll

Poll ranking public approval of 23 ministers reveals surprises. Among them: Livni ranks above Netanyahu.

Tova Dvorin,

Bottom of the list. Yair Lapid
Bottom of the list. Yair Lapid
Flash 90

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon (Likud) is the minister with the highest approval rating in Israel, according to a poll by Millward-Brown.

58.9% of Israelis polled approve of Ya'alon's leadership so far, Channel 2 notes Saturday night. Rounding out the top three in public approval are Education Minister Rabbi Shai Piron (Yesh Atid) at 57.2% and Communications and Home Front Defense Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) at 52.7%. 

Interior Minister Gid'on Sa'ar (Likud) placed fourth in the poll at 52%, and Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) at 51.7%, according to the daily. Surprisingly, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (HaTnua) placed sixth at 50.2%, despite the ongoing failures in peace talks with the Palestinian Authority (PA). Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, meanwhile, placed just seventh with 50%. 

Economics Minister and Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett placed ninth with 47.2%, just below Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu), who made eighth place (48.8%) in his first term since returning as Foreign Minister. Tourism Minister Uzi Landau (Yisrael Beytenu) rounded out the top ten with 47.2%. 

Energy and Water Minister Silvan Shalom (Likud) is the eleventh-most approved Israeli minister, at 46.6%, with Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir (Yisrael Beytenu) twelfth and Health Minister Yael German (Meretz) thirteenth.

Further down the list, Welfare Minister Meir Cohen (Yesh Atid) placed fourteenth at 45.4%; Pensioners Minister Uri Orbach (Jewish Home) placed fifteenth at 45%; and Science and Technology Minister Ya'akov Peri (Yesh Atid) placed sixteenth at 44.8%. Rounding out the top twenty were Sports and Culture Minister Limor Livnat (Likud) at 44.4%, Minister for Environmental Amir Peretz (HaTnua) at 44.3%, and Minister of Internal Security Yitzhak Aharonovitch (Yisrael Beytenu) at 44.3%.  

Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz (Likud) made twentieth at 44% even; Absorption Minister Sofa Landver (Yisrael Beytenu) made 21st place at 42%. 

Finance Minister Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid) and Housing Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) bottomed out the poll, both garnering a mere 41.9% approval rating.