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Monday, December 6, 2010
Walla - Chadashot Poll: Netanyahu strengthened following the Carmel Fire

Walla - Chadashot Poll: Netanyahu strengthened following the Carmel Fire
From: Walla! News
Monday, 6 December 2010, 12:30
http://news.walla.co.il/?w=/2687/1764270

39% think that Eli Yishai to blame for the fiasco of the fire, 48% believed
lessons in the 2nd Lebanon War is not learned, 43% fear more from the
effects of a possible war with Iran and Netanyahu and the Likud gaining
seats

If elections held today (expressed in Knesset seats) based on the 69% that
named a party.
Current Knesset seats in [brackets].

32 [27] Likud
26 [28] Kadima
18 [15] Yisrael Beiteinu
08 [13] Labor
09 [11] Shas
05 [05] Yahadut Hatorah
03 [03] Jewish Home/NRP
02 [03] Meretz
04 [04] Nat'l Union
03 [00] Centrist party headed by Yair Lapid
10 [11] Arab parties

Rise in support of Benjamin Netanyahu Likud after the fire in Caramel.
Survey conducted by the Research Institute "Maagar" for Walla! News reveals
that if the election were held today, Netanyahu-led Likud would win 32
seats, an increase of five seats compared to previous elections.

Demonstrating public satisfaction with the functioning of the fire crisis
Netanyahu. Netanyahu gets 78 points out of 100 possible - very high grade of
satisfaction in relation to the Israeli public of its leaders. It seems that
the public appreciate the rapid response crisis Netanyahu's own public
relations offensive in recent days has achieved its goal.

A blaming finger toward the interior minister, Eli Yishai, also reflected
weakening of the party he heads. Shas down from 11 seats in the current
Knesset to 9. Israel Beiteinu led by Avigdor Lieberman, however, receives
according to the survey 18 seats, an increase of three seats compared to the
2009 elections. Kadima weakened and wins only 26 seats , a decrease of two
seats compared to previous elections.

The Labor Party continues to crash and getting eight seats, a drop of 5
seats intact (38%) compared with results that also failed in the 2009
elections.

Media attack on Interior Minister Eli Yishai also expressed well failure on
who is responsible for firefighting in the Great Fire in Caramel. 39% of
respondents think that Eli Yishai guilty (20% among the ultra-Orthodox).
Second place settles Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz with 19% (24% of Likud
voters.) After Prime Minister Netanyahu with 11%. The same number (11%) also
receiving national firefighting Commissioner Shimon Romach.

As expected, the public requires a committee of inquiry into the disaster in
Caramel. 57% of respondents require a committee, 29 percent oppose

The fiasco with the Carmel fire raised the question again as to whether
Israel's home front is ready for an all out attack by our enemies. The poll
finds that 35% of respondents think Israel is not prepared for such an
attack, but a similar percentage (34%) think Israel is while 34% don't know.

Another question dealt with fear of possible consequences of an attack in
Iran following the lessons of the fatal fire in Caraml. 43% of Israelis said
they worry more now because of an attack in Iran, only 7% said that they are
less concerned and safer.

On the question of if, in light of the massive fire, it appears that Israel
learned from the Second Lebanon War, 48% replied no and 24% yes with 28% not
knowing.

"This is not ashamed to get help," Netanyahu said after turning to the world
countries to help putting out the fire in the Carmel, and the plurality of
the public, 39% agree with the prime minister, compared with 21% who think
that Israel actually was shamed (50% among right wing voters) while 40%
didn't know.

Survey Information

The survey was conducted by telephone, by the Research Institute "Maagar
Mochot" headed by Professor Yitzhak Katz, on 5.12.10, a probability sample
of 502 respondents, representing the Israeli adult population (ages 18 and
over). The maximum sampling error is 4.5%.

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