Support for Netanyahu Plunges, Poll Finds

Fewer than four in 10 Israelis think the prime minister is doing a good job, down from a record 82 percent around a month ago.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Defense Ministe Moshe Ya'alon watching a Golani Brigade exercise.
Benjamin Netanyahu and his defense minister, Moshe Ya'alon, who did well in the primary. Credit: GPO
Jonathan Lis
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Only 38 percent of Israelis are satisfied with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s performance as the Gaza fighting approaches its 50th day, according to a poll for Channel 2 by market research firm Shiluv Millward Brown.

In a similar survey four days earlier, Netanyahu’s support was at 55 percent; in a Channel 2 poll about three weeks ago, it was at 63 percent. After ground troops entered Gaza in mid-July, Netanyahu's support was at a record 82 percent.

In the current poll, 50 percent of Israelis are not satisfied with the prime minister's performance. Also, 68 percent said issues regarding the home front were not being handled well; 24 percent said they were.

Most of the respondents supported postponing the start of the school year in the south if the Palestinians’ rocket-and-mortar attacks and Israel’s air strikes continued. Netanyahu felt otherwise at the cabinet meeting Sunday.

Only 18 percent of respondents said the school year should begin on the same day all over the country. Sixty-three percent said it should not begin in the south, and 15 percent said the school year should not begin anywhere in Israel if the fighting continued.

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