Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Political Polls, The One Year Mark for Netanyahu and Obama

Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has disappointed a smaller percentage of Israelis than United States President Barack Hussein Obama has disappointed Americans.  Actually, according to the polls, Netanyahu is bringing Kadima voters back to Likud and Labor is losing to extreme Left Meretz.

"Independent voters see Pres. Obama in a negative light by a nearly 2-1 margin, according to a new Marist College survey, while almost half of voters say he has failed to meet their expectations.

The poll, conducted Feb. 1-3, showed just 44% of registered voters approving of Obama's job as president. 47% disapprove. But among indie voters, Obama's approval rating sits at a terrible 29%, while his disapproval rating is at 57%." complete article
"The survey shows that if general elections to the Knesset were to be held today, the Likud party would gain strength and win 32 seats, compared to the 27 it received in last year's election." complete article

Remember that Israeli Elections are for parties not individuals.

The Israeli poll is very interesting, though it's important to ignore/most some of YNet's conclusions, commentary.  They haven't a clue.  The numbers for Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are very similar, a fact YNET ignores.

"The respondents were less indifferent to Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Despite the sense of security he brings to the Israeli public, he is still fighting for positive points: Only 11% of the public believes he is the best minister in cabinet, while 15% feel he is the least successful minister.

Foreign Ministry Avigdor Lieberman, despite his controversial political statements, received the support of 9% of the respondents, but 14% said they believe he is the least successful minister."

I don't understand why YNET doesn't see the parallel. And why should they say "despite his controversial political statements?" Lieberman's support is because he gives a clear unabashed message.

Look at the numbers, not the commentary.

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