A poll published Sunday evening on Channel 13 indicates that if elections were held today, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s far-right Likud would plummet from its current 32 seats in the Knesset to just 20, falling well behind Benny Gantz’s National Unity party, which would jump to 29 seats from its current 12 and Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid, which would fall from its current 24 seats to 21.
This appears to be the first poll by a major network that places Likud in third place, demonstrating the degree of public dissatisfaction with the Netanyahu government’s performance over the past three-plus months.
The poll published Sunday evening at Channel 13 (Footage: Channel 13)
Respondents gave 11 seats to the racist Religious Zionism party, nine seats to the Mizrahi ultra-Orthodox Shas party, six seats to the Ashkenazi ultra-Orthodox United Torah Judaism party, six seats to the Hadash-Ta’al list, five seats for the Islamist Ra’am party, five seats to the secular right-wing Yisrael Beytenu party, four seats to the Labor party and zero seats to the left-wing Meretz party.
According the poll, the pro-Netanyahu bloc would fall well below a majority to just 46 seats while the anti-Netanyahu bloc would easily manage to form a coalition with 64 seats, even without the help Hadash-Ta’al. Regarding his performance as PM, just 20 percent of respondents said that Netanyahu is doing well – a number that rose to 43 percent among Likud voters – compared to the 71 percent who said that he is doing badly. Forty-eight percent of Likud voters said that Netanyahu is not performing well in the role of prime minister.
A mere 25 percent of those polled said they wanted the current government to continue leading the country. Thirty-three percent said they support a unity government instead, and another 33 percent prefer another round of elections. Among Likud voters, just 43 percent want the government’s term to continue, 35 percent prefer a unity government and 10 percent want a return to the polls. The poll, carried out by Prof. Camil Fuchs, surveyed 699 Israeli citizens and has a margin of error of 3.7 percent. Of the 699 respondents, 599 were from the Jewish community, and 100 were from the Arab community.