Poll: 30 Percent of Public Supports Soldiers Refusing Pullout Orders

Political breakdown shows 54 percent of people who voted Likud in 2006 support insubordination, as do 75 percent of Shas voters.

Insubordination by IDF soldiers no longer raises public ire.

The issue reappeared this week with the eviction of settlers from two stores in Hebron.

One-third of the public believes the soldiers were justified in following their rabbis' orders to refuse to take part in the eviction, a survey by Haaretz-Dialog found on Tuesday.

The poll of 477 people, supervised by Professor Camil Fuchs of the Statistics and Operations Research department at Tel Aviv University, found that fewer than half of the respondents objected to insubordination. Ten percent chose not to express an opinion.

The political breakdown shows that 54 percent of people who voted Likud in 2006 support insubordination, as do 75 percent of Shas voters.

The poll also analyzed the public's satisfaction with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann.

Olmert remains unpopular. In the last nine months, no more than an average of 13-15 percent of respondents have voiced satisfaction with his performance. By comparison, on August 10, 2006, three days before the end of the Second Lebanon War, 48 percent of the public said it supported Olmert. His support has since plummeted, and nothing he has done since then has helped.

This is the first Haaretz survey examining public satisfaction with the controversial justice minister. Friedmann apparently has twice as much support as Olmert, and half the number of detractors - 30 percent of respondents are satisfied with him, compared to the 36 percent who are dissatisfied. But 30-percent support for a justice minister whose background is in law, is not a politician and is an Israel Prize laureate is not that impressive.

This is certainly not what Olmert had in mind when he appointed Friedmann. However, a third of the respondents declined to express an opinion on Friedmann, either because they did not know who he is or because they were not interested in the legal-political storm he has raised.