Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's political position has received a significant boost thanks to his coalition agreement Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz, a new poll of Israeli public opinion has revealed. More Israelis, 39.8 percent, said they supported the newly formed unity government, which was brokered early Tuesday morning than the 31.9% who opposed it. Twenty-eight point four percent said they were undecided.
The Israel Hayom poll was conducted by the New Wave Research company and questioned a representative sample of the Jewish population in Israel.
When asked who they felt is most suitable to serve as the next prime minister of Israel, 39.8% of respondents said Netanyahu, a significant uptick compared to an Israel Hayom poll conducted two weeks ago in which 29% said they would vote for Netanyahu.
The biggest leap in support for Netanyahu came from the religious sector — more than 60% said Netanyahu is most suitable to be the next prime minister — followed by around 51% of 35-44 year-olds who felt the same way. More than 50% of people with average incomes also favored Netanyahu as the next prime minister.
In second place behind Netanyahu is Labor Party Chairwoman Shelly Yachimovich, who garnered 11.3%, a rise of around 2% compared to the last poll. Yair Lapid maintained his third place spot with around 7%, as did Mofaz with 4.5%.
The party leader who has seen his public support slip the most since the Israel Hayom poll taken two weeks ago was Yisrael Beitenu leader Avigdor Lieberman, who lost more than half of his support and went from 9% to 4.2%.
When asked if they supported postponing elections and the formation of the unity government, 39.6% answered positively and 31.9% answered negatively. Twenty-eight percent said they were undecided.
The poll was conducted on Tuesday among 404 people 18 years of age and older. The maximum margin of error is +/- 4.5%.