A majority of Israelis said in a poll published on Friday that Ehud Barak had not measured up to their expectations of him when they elected him prime minister nearly a year ago, according to a poll done for Maariv.
The Gallup poll for the Israeli mass circulation daily, one of Israeli's biggest newspapers, showed that 58 percent of the people questioned were dissatisfied with Barak's performance, compared with 19 percent who said he had met their expectations.
The poll surveyed 550 people and had a 4.5 percent margin of error.
Maariv commentator Hemi Shalev wrote that Barak's election campaign “created expectations that are very hard to fulfil, even when the prime minister functions at the height of efficiency and intelligence. Barak doesn't even accomplish this all the time, and the results are here before him.”
Barak's campaign platform was based on a tried-and-true Israeli formula for pursuing peace and security but within a tight timeframe, along with strong social promises to create 300,000 new jobs.
His strict timetable for Middle East peacemaking has unraveled and unemployment levels have yet to abate in the 10 months since he took office.
Barak scores only marginally better than his predecessor Benjamin Netanyahu, former right-wing Likud party chairman, the Maariv poll showed.
Only 39 percent of people polled said they would vote for Barak if new elections were held now, versus 38 percent who said they would cast a ballot for Netanyahu.
Thirty-six percent said Barak was a better prime minister than Netanyahu, compared with 23 percent who said Barak was worse and 35 percent who said the two were virtually indistinguishable – Albawaba.com.
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