If elections were held today, MK Benny Gantz’s National Unity party would receive 31 seats, the highest yet since the November 1 election, according to a new poll by Dr. Menachem Lazar’s Panels Politics.
In addition, 41% of Israelis believe Gantz is more suitable than Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to serve as prime minister, versus 33% who say the reverse.
The results would be National Unity 31, Likud 25, Yesh Atid 17, Shas 10, United Torah Judaism eight, Yisrael Beytenu six, Otzma Yehudit, Hadash-Ta’al and Religious Zionist Party five each, and Meretz and Ra’am four each. Labor would win only 2.9% of the vote and therefore not pass the 3.25% electoral threshold.
These results give the current opposition parties 67 seats, and the current coalition ones 53 seats.
Israelis rate their satisfaction
Some 62% of Israelis are not satisfied by the government’s response to the rocket attacks from Gaza this week, including 30% of those who voted for the current coalition, the poll found. 20% were satisfied, and 18% did not know.
The poll also found that almost three-fourths (73%) of Israelis are pessimistic about the government’s ability to lower the number of homicides in Israel, including 45% of those who voted for the current coalition. Some 19% are optimistic, while 9% do not know.
The poll included 517 participants, and its margin of error is 4.3%.