More Israelis support the unexpected pact between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Kadima Chairman Shaul Mofaz than reject it, according to a News 10 poll.

The poll, conducted by “Proyekt Ha’Midgam” (“Sample Project”), found that 44% of the public support Kadima’s joining the broad coalition government. The move was rejected by 37% and 18% did not have an opinion regarding the move.

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The big winner of the maneuver appears to be Netanyahu. 43% said they thought he was the best man for the job of Prime Minister. His newest coalition partner Mofaz only received the support of 5%.

Just about every potential candidate did better than Mofaz in the poll: Labor Chairperson Shelly Yechimovitch received 16%, newcomer Yair Lapid 8%, and Avigdor Lieberman a mere 6%.

Netanyahu’s popularity rose from 41% to 46% in the new poll.

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