Poll: Gap between Media and Public on Netanyahu

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JERUSALEM, Israel - A poll conducted for Israel's Channel 1 showed that the public thinks more highly of the Netanyahu government's first 100 days in office than Israel's mainstream media would have people believe.

"There's a gap between the media and the public," Channel 1 reporter Ayala Hasson said.

"There is media discourse [analysis], and it might still sink into the public, but the media discourse is not correlated with public opinion," Hasson said.

If new elections were held today, the Kadima party - under the leadership of former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni - would lose five seats, and the Labor party, led by Defense Minister Ehud Barak, would lose three seats, according to poll results.

Likud would gain two mandates, going from 27 to 29, while Shas, Jewish Home and United Torah Judaism parties would each gain one seat, giving the right-wing bloc 71 seats in the Knesset (parliament).

The ultra-left-wing Meretz party would gain two seats, going from three to five mandates, and the rest of the parties would keep the same number of mandates they won in the election.

Meanwhile, despite the media's disparaging analyses of the first 100 days of the Netanyahu government, the survey showed Israelis are satisfied so far.

Fifty-seven percent of respondents said the prime minister is doing a good job and 49 percent would back Netanyahu for prime minister if elections were held today, compared with 32 percent who would vote for Livni.

Israelis are also pleased with the work of Defense Minister Ehud Barak (68 percent approval rating) and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman (49 percent).

Interestingly, 30 Kadima party members said they would rather see Netanyahu as prime minister than Livni.

Source: israel national news

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