Rivlin Has Become ‘President of the Left’

Nearly one year since his election and appointment as Israel's tenth president, the Dialog Institute has examined for Haaretz Reuven Rivlin's support among Israeli citizens. 

According to the survey, led by Tel Aviv University's Camil Fuchs, Rivlin has a 72 percent satisfaction rating, not far behind from previous president Shimon Peres who held a 77 percent approval rating this time last year. 

"It is amazing how quickly the man who came from depths of Likud's right-wing ideology, who prefers one state for two peoples over two states, who opposed the disengagement from Gaza, and supports settlements in all part of the West Bank, has become the president of the Left," Haaretz commentator Yossi Verter penned. 

Indeed, the division among parties in regard to support for Rivlin speaks for itself. 

Of voters of the center-left Yesh Atid party, 91% are satisfied with Rivlin, 0% are unsatisfied and the rest have not formed an opinion. The results are identical in main Opposition party Zionist Union. 

Rivlin has the support of 81% of voters of the left-wing Meretz party. No percentage of voters are dissatisfied while 19% are undecided. Interestingly, the satisfaction rate is also very high in Jewish Home at 81%, though 19% are dissatisfied and 0% have no opinion. 

Voters in Likud, the political home of Rivlin, gave the President a 70% satisfaction rating, versus only 10% who were dissatisfied and 20% who were unsure. 

What dropped Rivlin's number significantly was the minimal support from United Torah Judaism, the Joint Arab List, and Yisrael Beytenu, whose voter support for the President ranged from between 35% to 44%.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/196038

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