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Pas de trêve pour Bibi.(Photo by: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
TV poll: 'Only 33% believe Netanyahu is innocent'
By GIL HOFFMAN
08/11/2017
The poll found that 69% of respondents said Netanyahu should quit if indicted.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Likud members at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds on Wednesday did not succeed in persuading the public of his innocence, according to a Shiluv poll taken for Channel 1 on Thursday.

The poll found that only 33% of Israelis believe Netanyahu is innocent, among whom 25% said they somewhat believe in his innocence and only 8% said they strongly believed he was innocent.

Two-thirds said they do not believe he is innocent, including 29% who said they did not believe at all, and 38% who said they somewhat did not believe.

Asked whether the speech strengthened or weakened their belief in Netanyahu’s innocence, 8% said it strengthened it, 2% said it weakened it, 46% said their opinion remained unchanged, and 35% said they did not hear the speech.

When asked whether Netanyahu would have to quit if he is indicted, 69% said yes and 31% no. Among self-declared right-wing voters, 46% answered affirmatively.

Regarding Netanyahu’s claim in his speech that the Left and the press were trying to topple him, 47% said they agreed and 53% did not agree.

A separate poll taken for Channel 2 by Midgam found that 42% agreed with Netanyahu that the press was part of a witch hunt aimed at toppling him, and 48% disagreed.

The Channel 2 poll found that 27% believe the speech made them believe in Netanyahu less, 11% said it made them believe in him more, and for 50% their view remained unchanged.

Both polls were of 500 respondents representing a statistical sample of the adult population, and had a 3.5% margin of error
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