All polls point to Netanyahu as desired PM

Wednesday, May 02, 2007 |  by Staff Writer

Israel's leading newspapers have shifted into polling mode, in an expected reaction to the public outcry against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert over an investigative committee's damning review of his leadership during last summer's Second Lebanon War.

According to polls conducted by Yediot Ahronot, Ma'ariv and Ha'aretz, at least half the nation wants early elections, and over 75 percent of respondents want Olmet removed from office.

If the change comes via elections, the public intends to firmly place control of the government in the hands of Binyamin Netanyahu and his Likud Party.

The Ma'ariv survey showed that a Netanyahu-led Likud would win 37 Knesset seats, compared to just 12 for Olmert's Kadima and 11 for the Labor Party.

Thirty-two percent of respondents said they view Netanyahu as the most suitable candidate for prime minister. Only two percent gave their support to Olmert.

The Yediot Ahronot results were similar, awarding Netanyahu the backing of 29 percent of the public, with his next closest competitor, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, garnering 20 percent of the vote.

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