Netanyahu's popularity up, new poll says

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
December 7, 2010 01:36

 
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s prominent media presence during the Carmel fire seems to have paid off, with a new poll indicating that if elections were held today, Likud under Netanyahu would garner 32 mandates, up from the current 27.

In a poll on the Hebrew-language Walla website, Netanyahu received a score of 78 out of 100 points for his performance during the fire.

In contrast, the same poll indicated that Interior Minister Eli Yishai’s Shas would lose two spots, descending to nine mandates. Thirty-nine percent of those polled said Yishai was responsible for the failure to prepare and manage the fire services, while 19% said Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz was the guilty party.

Netanyahu came in third with 11%.

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