Tel Aviv University campus.
(photo credit: PR)
The majority of university and college students intend to vote for the Labor-Hatnua party in the general election, according to a new survey.
The analysis, initiated by iStudent, a student consumer organization, was conducted January 8-11, among 2,583 students – 1,493 in universities and 1,090 in academic colleges, and released on Tuesday.
According to the findings, the Labor-Hatnua party received 30 mandates, followed by Bayit Yehudi with 26 and the Likud with only 16.
With regard to which politician students said was worthy to be the next prime minister, Isaac Herzog narrowly surpassed current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by 762 votes to 750.
The other candidates lagged far behind with Economy Minister Naftali Bennett gaining 420 votes and former finance minister Yair Lapid with only 240.
The vast majority of students said that the most pressing issue for the upcoming election was housing reforms – including lowering the price of rent and reducing the cost of apartments.
When asked which party leader would best address the issue of the high cost of housing for young couples, the majority of students said Moshe Kahlon would be the best choice, with 786 votes. He was followed by Herzog (567), Lapid (528), Bennett (459) and Netanyahu (185 votes).
Similarly with regard to addressing the high cost of living in Israel, another pressing issue among students, the overwhelming majority of respondents said Kahlon would make the best candidate – with 906 votes. He was followed by Herzog (589), Bennett (430), Lapid (427) and Netanyahu (186 votes).
“Thousands of students chose to make their voices heard,” said Moshe Radman, one of the founders of iStudent.
“It seems that youth are most worried about the cost of living. Following the results of the survey, we are currently [looking] to hold a series of meetings between students and party leaders, with the aim of bringing up the problem of the cost of living and discussing ways to solve this problem,” he said.