If elections were held today, the governing Kadima party would receive a mere nine mandates, according to a telephone poll carried out by the Smith Institute for Ynet. While Kadima is collapsing in public opinion, favor is returning for the Likud party. According to the poll, Likud would triumph in hypothetical elections with a full 32 mandates.
Likud Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu was perceived as the person best suited to serve as prime minister, earning 34 percent support and beating out his competitors by a large margin. After Netanyahu, those surveyed favored Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Labor Knesset Member Ami Ayalon, who each earned the support of 16 percent, then Ehud Barak with 8 percent. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert trailed with only 3 percent of the vote.
The survey, which was carried out Monday evening, questioned 500 adults over the age of 18 and had a 4.5 percent error margin. Those polled pledged their votes for the political parties as follows:
Likud: 32 mandates
Israel Our Home: 10
National Union-NRP: 6
United Torah Judaism: 5
Who knew Olmert had so much family in Israel that he could still garnish even 3% support levels? Maybe garnish is the operative word here.
Netanyahu communicates exceptionally well in English but I am not all that amoured of him (I remember Hevron & Wye River). He has waded far too deep into American pockets for my comfort zone but it would be nice to have a semblance of grown-ups running the country. I am not a big fan of Leiberman’s transfer plan, but he does provide hours of fun.
Personally, I would be rooting for Lieberman to receive the defense portfolio which would have the double benefit of keeping Netanyahu too busy putting out fires to get up to much else - while the Palestinians would be busy going into full cardiac arrest imaging Lieberman releasing his inner Russian on them.