Latest update: December 13, 2012
The following Netanyahu Index is conducted by Panels Politics, which has kindly given Rosner's Domain permission to use the information.
At least once a month, in association with the Knesset Channel, Panels asks the Israeli public to grade Benjamin Netanyahu on how well he is conducting himself as prime minister. Each survey is conducted with 500 respondents, and is representative of the adult population of Israel. The poll asks for a grade on a scale of 1 - bad to 10 – excellent, and the result is the simple average score of all the responses. The poll has been ongoing for some two years, and allows us to see Netanyahu's grade during key events, such as the Carmel fire, the social protests, Gilad Shalit's release, the Haredi draft efforts and more.
How the ranking is determined
• The index is primarily based on published polls from four media sources: Dialog-Haaretz, the Panels Institute, Channel 10 television and the Dahaf Institute. It will be updated regularly at Rosner’s Domain; we will add relevant polls from other sources as we go along.
• The wording of the relevant question in the Dialog-Haaretz and Channel 10 polls was, “Do you approve or disapprove of Benjamin Netanyahu’s performance as prime minister?” (the literal translation from the Hebrew version is “satisfied” and “not satisfied,” rather than “approve” and “disapprove”).
• The Panel Institute polls asked respondents to grade the prime minister’s performance on a scale of 1 to 10. The Dahaf polls asked respondents to evaluate the prime minister’s performance using five categories: very good, good, mediocre, bad and very bad.
• The two linear regression models were fitted to the Panels and the Dahaf polls’ data, with the response variable being the proportions of the dichotomous variable with the categories “approve” and “disapprove.”
The data plotted here contains a combination of results from both individual polls and from averages of several polls as follows:
- Whenever the time lapsed between two polls is substantial, the plotted data contains the results from the individual polls. The poll date is marked on the horizontal axis.
- When several polls all were conducted within a relatively short period of time, the plotted data contains the average of the results of the polls conducted within that time period. The dates of the first and the last polls in the relevant period are marked as intervals on the horizontal axis.
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