Likud Minister Moshe Kahlon 311.
(photo credit: Avi Hayun)
Calls in the Likud to replace Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz with Welfare and
Social Services Minister Moshe Kahlon received a boost Thursday when a poll
indicated that Kahlon was the Likud’s most popular minister and Steinitz among
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A Smith Research poll taken for Globes amid headlines about
the housing crisis asked 500 people representing a sample of the adult Jewish
population on Monday and Tuesday to rank the performance of Likud’s ministers on
a scale of one to ten. It had a margin of error of 4.5 percent.
did by far the best with a score of 7.21, followed by Environmental Protection
Minister Gilad Erdan at 6.33, and Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar, 5.78. The
same three ministers finished among the top four Likud ministers in a Jerusalem
poll conducted by Smith Research in December 2010.
ministers who scored positive ratings above five were Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu, Strategic Affairs Minister Moshe Ya’alon, Transportation Minister
Yisrael Katz, Minister-without-Portfolio Bennie Begin, Intelligence Agencies
Minister Dan Meridor, and Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli
Surprisingly, Vice Premier Silvan Shalom, who has been leading
an effort supported by 73% of the population to make Sunday a day off, did not
crack the five mark, scoring 4.95. He was followed by Culture and Sport Minister
Limor Livnat and Minister-without-Portfolio Michael Eitan.
minister who finished below Steinitz at 4.66 was Minister-without-Portfolio
Yossi Peled, who scored 4.25, but unlike most ministers about whom three fourths
of respondents had an opinion, about Peled only 43% agreed to express their
Steinitz fell significantly from the December poll when he
scored 5.98, below only Kahlon and Erdan. Netanyahu’s rating also fell
significantly, from 5.90 to 5.27. Every Likud minister’s popularity fell except
for Kahlon, who went up from 6.97 to 7.21 and Shalom, who went up by .01 to