Haaretz Poll: Support for Netanyahu and Likud up
- [Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA: from the print Hebrew edition:
Grade from 1-10 for Netanyahu Government: 5.6
How does the Netanyahu Government perform as compared to the Olmert
Government before it?
Better 43% Worse 30% Don't know/refuse reply 27%
Is the Netanyahu Government leading Israel in the right direction?
Yes 37% No 40% Don't know/refuse reply 23%
Percent satisfied with performance of:
[results from 14 May poll in [brackets] for all but Netanyahu - Netanyahu
previous poll 15 June]
PM Netanyahu 49%[44%]
FM Lieberman 40%[31%]
DM Barak 61%[60%]
Finance Minister Steinitz 29%[18%]
Education Minister Saar 43%[45%]
Interior Minister Yishai 43%
Who is most appropriate to serve as prime minister?
Netanyahu 52% Livni 34% Don't know/refuse reply 14%
Should Israel continue to build in the settlements - even at the cost of a
clash with the US?
Yes 46% No 44% Don't know/refuse reply 10%
[IMRA: this question did not explicitly mention "natural growth" - polls
that mention it have had a stronger support for continuing construction]
Current Knesset seats in [brackets].
32  Likud
29  Kadima
14  Yisrael Beteinu
11  Shas
10  Labor
05  Yahadut Hatorah
09  Arab parties
04  Meretz
03  Nat'l Union
03  Jewish Home]
Netanyahu has Israelis' approval after first 100 days
By Yossi Verter Haaewr\ Last update - 07:23 03/07/2009
Benjamin Netanyahu's second cabinet will complete its 100th day in power
next week, ending what is known as its 'period of grace.'
In a private discussions with his associates, the prime minister said that
not only was he being denied a grace period, but that he had to deal with a
'media onslaught' that began hours into his term.
This onslaught relented only after his address at Bar-Ilan University last
month, when he said he accepted the prospect of a future Palestinian state,
In the same private discussion, the premier recounted what he considers his
cabinet's achievements over the past 100 days.
These include maintaining the peace in the western Negev through a tough
security policy, by means of public and covert action against Hamas.
Netanyahu also said he considered plugging leaks from security-related
discussions as an achievement, as well as promoting economic reforms and
A public-opinion survey commissioned by Haaretz to gauge Netanyahu's
popularity as he approaches 100 days shows favorable results, despite the
criticism since April for his gauche handling of the national budget and the
diplomatic crisis with the U.S.
His two key appointments, Avigdor Lieberman as foreign minister and Yuval
Steinitz as finance minister, also drew fire.
The survey by Dialog, conducted Thursday under the auspices of Prof. Camil
Fuchs of Tel Aviv University, found Netanyahu's approval ratings were 18
percent higher than Tzipi Livni's - a much larger margin than when they were
competing for prime minister. Asked who was better suited to be prime
minister, 52 percent said Netanyahu, while only 34 said Livni.
The respondents gave Netanyahu's cabinet a barely passing grade of 5.6
points out of 10. Forty percent said the cabinet was not leading Israel in
the right direction, while 37 percent said it was.
Netanyahu's approval ratings may have jumped 5 points since the last Dialog
survey, on June 15. In the most recent survey, 49 percent of the 500
respondents said they were satisfied with Netanyahu's performance. The
survey results have a margin of error of 4.5 percent.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman jumped 9 points since a May 14 survey,
with a 40-percent satisfaction rate. Defense Minister Ehud Barak improved by
only one point.
Forty-six percent of respondents said Israel should continue construction in
the West Bank even if this causes a confrontation with the U.S., and 44
percent said the opposite.
IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis