A poll commissioned by i24NEWS-Israel Hayom has revealed that most Israelis voting choices appear to be unaffected by the Attorney General’s announcement last week that he would pursue indictment against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on corruption charges.
75% of respondents in the poll said it has not affected their voting decisions ahead of the April 9 elections.
According to the poll released on Thursday, only 12% of survey respondents said their vote would be affected by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit’s announcement that he intends to indict the premier in three cases on charges of bribery, corruption, and breach of trust.
A higher number of respondents said they did not know if the announcement affected their vote (13%) than those who said it definitively would affect their choices (12%).
The poll was conducted by the Maagar Mochot Research Institute between March 5-7 among a representative sample of 605 Israeli adults with a +/- 3.9% margin of error.
A prior Times of Israel poll conducted after the Attorney General’s announcement showed Mr Netanyahu’s Likud party being significantly damaged. In the poll, Likud dropped from the 29 seats to 25 seats, while the Blue and White alliance was shown surging from 36 to 44 seats.
Mr Netanyahu has vehemently denied any wrongdoing, and alleged that the legal investigations against him are a “witch hunt” involving the left, the media and the police relentlessly pressuring a “weak” Attorney General.