Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Likud members at the Tel Aviv Fairgrounds on Wednesday did not succeed in persuading the public of his innocence، according to a Shiluv poll taken for Channel 1.
The poll found that only 33% of Israelis believe Netanyahu is innocent، among whom 25% said they somewhat believe in his innocence and only 8% said they strongly believed he was innocent.
Two-thirds said they do not believe he is innocent، including 29% who said they did not believe at all، and 38% who said they somewhat did not believe.
Asked whether the speech strengthened or weakened their belief in Netanyahu’s innocence، 8% said it strengthened it، 2% said it weakened it، 46% said their opinion remained unchanged، and 35% said they did not hear the speech.
When asked whether Netanyahu would have to quit if he is indicted، 69% said yes and 31% no. Among self-declared right-wing voters، 46% answered affirmatively.
Regarding Netanyahu’s claim in his speech that the Left and the press were trying to topple him، 47% said they agreed and 53% did not agree.
A separate poll taken for Channel 2 by Midgam found that 42% agreed with Netanyahu that the press was part of a witch hunt aimed at toppling him، and 48% disagreed.
The Channel 2 poll found that 27% believe the speech made them believe in Netanyahu less، 11% said it made them believe in him more، and for 50% their view remained unchanged.
Both polls were of 500 respondents representing a statistical sample of the adult population، and had a 3.5% margin of error