Poll finds Gantz's political party in free fall

The as yet unformed party led by former IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz has suffered a massive drop in polls taken by Panels Research over the past month.

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December 25, 2018 04:03
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Benny Gantz. (photo credit: SAPIR COLLEGE/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)

The as yet unformed party led by former IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz has suffered a massive drop in polls taken by Panels Research over the past month.

In a poll taken for Walla News November 21, the prospective party was predicted to win 19 seats. In a December 10 poll, the party received 16.

A poll taken for Maariv on Monday found that it would win only 13. The poll predicted 30 seats for Likud, 12 for Yesh Atid, 11 each for Bayit Yehudi and the Joint List, nine for the Zionist Union, seven for United Torah Judaism, six each for Meretz, Kulanu and the new party led by MK Orli Levy-Abecasis, five for Yisrael Beytenu, and four for Shas.

Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid and Zionist Union chairman Avi Gabbay called on Gantz to run together with their parties in the April 9 election.

Sources close to Gantz said he had “nothing new at the moment” to reveal about his future plans. He has drafted the 130 signatures of founding members necessary to form a new political party that will run in the election.

But sources close to Gantz have denied that the preparation for forming the party was a sign that he had made a final decision to either run independently with the new party or use it to negotiate with other parties that would run together. Gantz has not revealed his political views on key issues yet.


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