Netanyahu lags behind IDF chief in new war opinion poll

Prime Minister rated as poor by 57 per cent of Israeli public


Popular: IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevi (Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lags behind the IDF chief of staff in the Israel popularity rankings, according to the latest survey.

Only 28 per cent of the public rated Netanyahu’s performance as positive (up from 26.5 per cent in the previous poll) compared to 48 per cent for chief of staff Herzi Halevi, in a poll rating the performance of political and military leaders since October 7. Netanyahu’s performance was rated as “poor” or “very poor” by 57 per cent.

Defence Minister Yoav Gallant received 40 per cent support and war cabinet member Benny Gantz 34 per cent.

More than two-thirds of Israelis think the country is on the verge of an all-out-war with Hezbollah, with 69 per cent believing this prospect is fair or very likely (71 per cent among Jewish Israelis and 62 per cent among Arab Israelis).

The findings came from the Israel Democracy Institute's War in Gaza survey, the 13th in a special series conducted by the Viterbi Family Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research.

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