Poll: 26 percent want Netanyahu as PM

Tuesday, December 19, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
The public standing of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is continuing to plummet as a new poll for Channel 10 TV shows that 26.2 percent of Israelis want to see former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as Israel’s next prime minister. Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni came in second place with 13.5 percent and Olmert came in third with only 6.1 percent.

The poll was conducted by the Geocartographia polling institute and covered 500 people. Other than the three mentioned above, former PM Ehud Barak came in fourth place with 5.9 percent, Vice Premier Shimon Peres with 5.4 percent, and businessman Arcadi Gaydamak with 4.5 percent.

An interesting finding shows that more men (7 percent) want Shimon Peres as PM than women (3.9 percent), whereas there is a virtual tie between men and women (around 26 percent each) who want Netanyahu as prime minister. Many more women (6.2 percent) than men (2.8 percent) want to see Gaydamak as prime minister.

Geographically, Netanyahu is leading the way in Jerusalem and the south with 35.6 percent compared to 6.2 percent supporting Olmert. Olmert’s most powerful support comes from Haifa and the north with 9.7 percent, compared with 6.2 percent in the Sharon region, and 4 percent only in the Tel Aviv area.

Among age groups, Olmert is most popular among people 55 and older (11 percent), compared with 18-34 year-olds (3.1 percent). Netanyahu has turned to be the most popular among ages 35-54 with 35 percent, compared with 20 percent support among people ages 55 and over.

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