Poll: Most Israelis Unhappy with Coalition Results

Many Israelis displeased with Netanyahu capitulating to haredi parties' demands; surprising confidence in Kahlon as finance minister.

Tova Dvorin ,

Binyamin Netanyahu, Aryeh Deri
Binyamin Netanyahu, Aryeh Deri
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Most of the Jewish population of Israel is not satisfied with the way Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu managed the coalition negotiations, according to a poll published Tuesday.

According to the Peace Index of the Israel Democracy Institute, about two-thirds of the Jewish public (64%) hold the opinion that Netanyahu did not act correctly when surrendering to haredi demands to cancel almost all decisions made in the 19th Knesset, including the draft and lowering child allowances. The survey was published by Walla! News.

Similarly, the majority of respondents (58%) think he should not have appointed MK Yaakov Litzman (United Torah Judaism) as Deputy Minister of Health to help him avoid sworn allegiance to duty, which applies to the Minister but not the deputy minister, and is part of UTJ's party philosophy. In the Arab sector, the majority of respondents (42%) responded that they have no position on Litzman's appointment.

In addition, 52% of respondents believe that Netanyahu gave too much to small parties which want to join the coalition at the expense of what came to Likud, compared with 30% of respondents do not agree. However, 42% do not agree with the assessment that Netanyahu gave a lot to smaller parties in order to weaken his rivals among Likud MKs, such as Gilad Erdan, while only about a third (36%) believes that the claim is correct. 22% are undecided.

The survey data also show that today, as before the election, more Jews (49%) believe that a unity government is preferable over a right-wing government; 35.3% believe the opposite. 

The appointment of Kulanu chairman Moshe Kahlon as finance minister is more successful, with 65% believing he is fit for the role. However, the majority believe (63%) that the likelihood that he can keep his promise to significantly change Israel's housing market is low.

In the Arab sector, 63% have confidence in Kahlon, but the majority does believe that he will fulfill his promise to change the face of the housing market (52%).

601 respondents were surveyed, ages 18 and over; the margin of error is +/- 4.5%.