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‘Post’ poll: Public wants coalition without haredim
By Gil Stern Stern HOFFMAN, JEREMY SHARON
01/30/2013
38% prefer coalition without haredi parties; UTJ, Shas meet to discuss "political bloc" against ultra-Orthodox enlistment.
A plurality of the public and an overwhelming majority of Yesh Atid voters want Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to form a coalition without haredi parties Shas and United Torah Judaism, a Smith Research poll conducted this week found.

The poll gave four choices of possible coalitions that Netanyahu could form: One of only right-wing parties, another without Bayit Yehudi, a third excluding haredi parties and a broad coalition including Bayit Yehudi, Shas, Yesh Atid, Kadima and the Tzipi Livni Party.

Thirty-eight percent preferred the coalition excluding haredim, 17% wanted the right-wing option, 15% the wide coalition and 12% called for excluding Bayit Yehudi. Among those polled, 18% did not have an opinion.

Among Yesh Atid voters, 68% preferred a coalition without the haredi parties. Their second choice was a broad coalition.

Only 1% of Yesh Atid voters wanted their own party to stay out of the coalition and allow an exclusively right-wing government to be formed.

Likud Beytenu voters also preferred a coalition excluding Shas and UTJ, with 34% choosing that option, 17% selecting the broad coalition, and 14% wanting to exclude Bayit Yehudi.

Surprisingly, a right-wing coalition was the least popular choice among Likud Beytenu voters, with only 11% preferring that option.

Among supporters of Shas, 52% preferred a right-wing government without Yesh Atid, 29% wanted to exclude Bayit Yehudi, 10% called for a broad coalition, and only five percent said they backed a coalition without their own party.

The poll of 500 respondents representing a statistical sample of the adult Israeli population was conducted Sunday and Monday and had a 4.5% margin of error.

On Tuesday, Shas and UTJ MKs met to coordinate their strategy for coalition talks with Likud Beytenu.

Shas co-chairman Eli Yishai said following the meeting that he did not believe there will be a situation in which Shas joins the next government without UTJ.

UTJ MK Yisrael Eichler’s office said that serious efforts were underway with Shas “to form a political bloc against the attempts to draft yeshiva students,” adding that the two parties were also trying to enlist the support of Bayit Yehudi towards this goal.
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