77% of Israelis: Olmert not doing good job

Thursday, January 04, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
A poll conducted by the Dahaf Institute headed by Dr. Mina Tzemah for the Knesset Television Channel, reveals that 77 percent of Israelis think that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is not doing a good job, where only 23 percent say he is doing a good job. Only 1 percent of Israelis think he is doing his job very well.

The poll was conducted by Dr. Tzemach to mark one year to Olmert’s tenure as Prime Minister as he replaced the ailing Ariel Sharon who suffered a massive stroke last January and is still in a coma. The poll surveyed 420 people and was conducted among a representational adult Jewish population.

According to the poll, Olmert is also perceived as a dishonest man in the eyes of the public: 60 percent assess Olmert’s honesty as “not good,” compared with 30 percent who say it is “good.” Olmert’s leadership abilities are also not considered well by the public: 69 percent of the polled said that Olmert’s leadership abilities were “not good,” whereas 31 percent considered it a “good.”

Olmert’s ability to cope with pressure is also questioned, with 62 percent of the public who think that his ability to withstand pressure is “not good,” compared with 37 percent who think Olmert is functioning well under pressure.

When asked about Olmert’s decision-making abilities, 74 percent of the people polled gave him a score of “not good,” compared with 26 percent who gave him a score of “good.”

The people surveyed were also asked about the chief reason why Olmert is operating in such a way. About half of the people said that the chief reason was the events which happened during the past year, whereas 31 percent thought it was because of his personality, and 15 percent said it was the makeup of the government.

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