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Olmert's approval collapses

Ehud Olmert's approval ratings fell to a low 22% after the Second Lebanon War. Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud followed by Avigdor Lieberman's Israel Beitenu polled in the first and second places. The Otter supported Bibi to begin with!

Reuters, Israel's Olmert faces defeat in any poll:

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's centrist Kadima party would plummet into third place behind Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud and another right wing faction if elections were held now, a poll showed on Thursday.

Olmert's popularity has collapsed in the aftermath of a 34-day war between Israel and the Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah, amid widespread criticism of the government's handling of the crisis.

The survey in the Yedioth Ahronoth daily showed Likud would get 22 seats -- up from 12 now -- in Israel's 120-member parliament, with Kadima beaten into third place with only 15 seats compared to the 29 it won in March elections.

Kadima would slip behind the rightist immigrant party Yisrael Beitenu, whose share would rise to 20 seats from 11 now. Kadima's centre-left coalition partner, Labor, would also drop to 15 seats from 19 now...

...Under Olmert, Kadima swept aside the long dominant Likud, drawing talk of a seismic shift in Israeli politics.

But polls indicate a big move back to the right since the Lebanon war and particularly toward Netanyahu, a former prime minister seen as having stronger military credentials than Olmert.

A poll last month showed Olmert's approval ratings had sunk to 22 percent from 48 percent six months earlier. Support for Netanyahu rose to 59 percent.

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