Blue and White falls to single digits

Only 25% of Israelis say Netanyahu handling economy well.

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz  (photo credit: CORINNA KERN/REUTERS)
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz
(photo credit: CORINNA KERN/REUTERS)
Blue and White would win only nine seats if elections were held now, according to a Midgam poll broadcast Sunday night that was the first to predict that Benny Gantz’s party would fall to single digits.
The poll forecast 38 seats for Likud 38, 16 for Yesh Atid, 14 for the Joint List, 11 for Yamina, eight each for Shas and Yisrael Beytenu and seven each for Meretz and United Torah Judaism.
Labor, Gesher and Derech Eretz would not cross the electoral threshold.
The poll found that 85% of Israelis are worried about their economic situation.
A separate poll on Channel 12 found that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s handling of the coronavirus crisis received much lower grades from the public now than last month.
A poll broadcast on the station last month found that 74% of Israelis called his handling of the situation good and 23% not good. The new poll found that 58% gave Netanyahu a positive grade and 36% a negative grade.
Asked about the economic crisis caused by the virus, 53% said he was handling it well in May and 43% said he was not. The numbers have changed dramatically, with 58% saying now that he is not handling it well and only 25% calling his handling of it good.
When asked about Netanyahu’s request to be paid hundreds of thousands of shekels in retroactive tax refunds, 56% said they opposed his request and 24% were in favor.