Poll: Public Not Pleased with Olmert as Prime Minister.
A month has elapsed since Prime Minister Ehud Olmert came to office and a poll released Thursday shows the public is not pleased with his performance.
A Ha'aretz-Dialog poll supervised by Prof. Camille Fuchs of Tel Aviv University shows that only 35 percent of the public is pleased with Olmert's performance as prime minister, while an equal portion is not. Prime ministers usually enjoy wide public support in the early stages of their term, but Olmert has sufficient time to improve his public image.
As expected, Olmert is perceived as more successful on the diplomatic front following his triumphant visits to the U.S. and Egypt, but this success comes at the expense of what the public considers weak performance in the fields of security and economics.
The poll also ratifies the commonly held opinion that Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni is one of Israel's most popular politicians of all times. Fifty-three percent (almost 20 percent more than Olmert) is satisfied with her performance, according to the poll.
The poll was held on Wednesday evening among 515 participants reflecting the all sectors of the Israeli public (maximum deviation 4.4 percent for each participant).