Poll: 49% of public in favor of direct vote for PM

A poll released by Channel 12 news finds that 49 percent of the public support Benjamin Netanyahu’s efforts to introduce a direct election for the prime minister, while 25% oppose it.

Netanyhau thrown his weight behind the idea as his other attempts at forming a government after last month’s elections have so far fallen flat.

If such an election were held, it could buy Netanyahu more time as prime minister and help consolidate his power. However, it would not change the party divisions in the Knesset, and he would still be short of a clear majority.

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