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Sharon´s Popularity At New Low

A public opinion poll published in today's Maariv newspaper shows that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's popularity has dropped to almost its lowest point ever - only 37%.
First Publish: 10/17/2004, 9:36 AM / Last Update: 10/15/2004, 2:03 PM

A public opinion poll published in today's Maariv newspaper shows that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's popularity has dropped to almost its lowest point ever. Only 37% of the respondents in a TeleSeker Institute survey expressed satisfaction with the Prime Minister, continuing the decline in popularity that began several weeks ago. Only at the height of the criminal investigations against him, which were later closed, was Sharon's popularity lower.

It is assumed that right-wingers are against Sharon because of his disengagement plans, and left-wingers now oppose him because of the recent interview with his aide Dov Weisglass. Weisglass said in the interview that the purpose of the disengagement was to end the diplomatic process and neutralize the Road Map. A response to this interview appears below.

The same poll shows that though the Likud headed by Sharon would defeat Labor and Shimon Peres by 15 percentage points, the margin would jump to 20 points (39-19) if Binyamin Netanyahu were to head the Likud. Netanyahu would also defeat Ehud Barak, according to the poll, by 18 points, 43-25.