Poll: Allegations of financial impropriety hurt Netanyahu in eyes of public, help him within Likud

State Comptroller Joseph Shapira’s report about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s alleged misuse of public funds at his official residence harmed his support in the general public but raised it among supporters of his Likud party, a Panels Research poll taken for The Jerusalem Post and its Hebrew sister publication Maariv Sof Hashavua shows.
Among the general public, 20 percent said the report would make them less likely to vote Likud, 10% said more likely, and 67% said it would have no impact, according to the poll results published Friday. But among those who voted Likud in the 2013 election, 30% said Shapira’s findings made it more likely they would cast ballots for the party on March 17, 14% said it was now less likely and 54% do not know.
The results were also very different when respondents were asked whether a criminal investigation should be opened. Among the general public, 47% said no, 39% yes, and 14% did not know. But among Likudniks, 80% said no, 13% yes and 7% do not know.
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