Poll: 78% disapprove of Lapid as finance minister

Survey finds 82% don't think Lapid is fit for PM position, Livni's Hatnua would not survive 4% electoral threshold.

August 5, 2013 17:16
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Finance Minister Yair Lapid/

Lapid looking sullen 370. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)


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Seventy-eight percent of the population disapproves of Yair Lapid’s performance as finance minister, a Panels Politics poll for the Knesset Channel found on Monday.

Asked to grade him in the task of selecting a new Bank of Israel governor, 53% said he performed badly, 33% gave medium marks, 8% rated the performance good, while a mere 1% thought it was very good.

The poll may also dampen Lapid’s ambitions toward the premiership; 82% of respondents said he was not fit for the position, versus only 12% who did. Even among Yesh Atid voters, 54% said he was not keeping his promises, and 43% said they would not vote for the party which he heads again.

If elections were held today, Likud Beytenu would handily win with 30 seats, with Bayit Yehudi and Labor tying for second place with 17 seats each and Yesh Atid, currently the second- largest party, dropping to fourth with 13 seats. Meretz would pick up four seats for a total of 10. The poll also put Shas at 10 mandates and United Torah Judaism at six.

If an election reform raising the electoral threshold from 2% to 4% is enacted into law, it would leave out the remaining parties, including Tzipi Livni’s Hatnua party, which would drop from six seats to four. Hadash at four seats, United Arab List Ta’al at four, Balad at three and Kadima at two would also be shut out of the Knesset.

The online poll was conducted among 500 respondents and had a 4.3% margin of error.

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