Gantz voters want him to head opposition

The poll found right-wing voters consider Gantz’s party left-wing, while left-wing voters and voters of the party are divided over whether to classify the party as left- or right-wing

February 14, 2019 10:10
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BENNY GANTZ gives his inaugural speech last week

BENNY GANTZ gives his inaugural speech last week. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)


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Former IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz’s voters do not want him to enter a government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the likely event that Netanyahu forms the next government, a new poll taken for KAN Radio found on Thursday.

The Direct Polls survey of more than 700 respondents found that of 55% of voters who intend to cast ballots for Gantz’s Israel Resilience Party do not want him to join a Netanyahu-led government; 21% would like Gantz to join a Netanyahu-led government as defense minister, while 24% had no opinion.

Both former prime minister Ehud Barak and former IDF chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi indicated this week that they do not expect the bonds on the Center-Left that could make the camp pose a threat to Netanyahu to be formed by next Thursday's deadline for lists to be submitted to the Central Elections Committee.

The poll found that right-wing voters consider Gantz’s party left-wing, while left-wing voters and voters of the Israel Resilience Party are divided over whether to classify the party as left- or right-wing.

According to the poll, Likud would gain 30 seats as opposed to 20 for Israel Resilience. In a major boost following Monday’s primary, Labor would win 11 seats, the same as Yesh Atid. Bayit Yehudi, the National Union, Gesher and Hatnua would not cross the electoral threshold.

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