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Some 38 percent of respondents to a Haaretz-Dialogue poll taken on Tuesday night said economic-social issues top the list of topics that would most influence them if the elections were to take place now.

Twenty-seven percent cited security-political issues, and 21 percent gave preference to corruption in the public sector.

The Haaretz-Dialogue figures matches those of the Latet organization published on Tuesday morning, according to which 29 percent of the public consider poverty to be the most urgent problem to be dealt with ahead of the elections.

In the Latet poll security came in third with only 15 percent naming it as the most pressing issue.

Some politicians dismissed the figures saying they believe that though the average Israeli likes to say that social welfare is the most important issue ahead of the elections, security is still remains at the top of their lists.