Polls: Israelis Would Reelect Netanyahu Despite Corruption Claims

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The Jerusalem Post reports: If Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was handed the public opinion polls that ran in the weekend newspapers when he arrived home from the United Nations General Assembly, he probably had a relatively relaxing holiday.

The polls were taken for Yediot Aharonot – which has a reputation of being against the prime minister – and Ma’ariv columnist Ben Caspit, who constantly writes against Netanyahu and his wife, Sara. Both Yediot and Caspit regularly portray Netanyahu as corrupt. The polls confirm that the public sees him that way, too. But the public appears to be quite forgiving of that corruption.

The Panels Research poll was taken for Ma’ariv among 521 people, representing a statistical sample of the Israeli adult population. It found that 54% of respondents believe Netanyahu’s behavior is tainted by corruption, while 34% disagree and 12% do not know.

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