New poll shows Netanyahu would win election by landslide

Center right and right wing parties are holding a comfortable lead.

October 7, 2018 21:45
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A woman casts her vote in the March 2015 elections. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)


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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chances of getting re-elected were predicted to be very good, according to a new poll by Midgam pollsters Mano Geva and Mina Tzemach that was broadcast Sunday night on Channel 2.

The poll found that if elections were held now, Netanyahu’s Likud would rise from its current 30 seats to 32 and former finance minister Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid from 11 to 18. It predicted that the Zionist Union would lose half its mandates in the current Knesset, falling from 24 to 12.

The Joint List would win 12 seats, Bayit Yehudi 10, Kulanu and United Torah Judaism seven each, Meretz  and a new party led by MK Orli Levy-Abecasis six, and Yisrael Beytenu and Shas five each.

Asked how they would vote if former IDF chief Benny Gantz headed a new party, respondents gave Likud 29 seats. Yesh Atid 13, Joint List 12, Zionist Union 10, UTJ seven, Kulanu six, and Shas, Yisrael Beytenu, and Levy-Abecasis’s party five each.

When asked who is most fit to be prime minister, 38% said Netanyahu, 12% Gantz, nine percent Lapid, five percent Liberman, four percent Gabbay and one percent Bennett. Eighteen percent said none of the above and 13% declined to respond.

The poll of 517 respondents, representing a statistical sample of the Israeli adult population, had an error margin of 4.4%.

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