Poll: Gantz widens his lead but the Right still has more total seats

Source: Poll: Gantz widens his lead but the Right still has more total seats – Israel Hayom

Israel Hayom-i24NEWS poll predicts 38 seats for Blue and White party, 29 for Likud • Poll shows that Blue and White leader Benny Gantz would have difficulty forming a coalition • Most respondents oppose or are unsure about unity government.

Yehuda Shlezinger // published on 01/03/2019
   
Even if the Blue and White list under Benny Gantz wins the most votes in the election, he will be unable to form a governing coalition, the latest Israel Hayom-i24NEWS poll suggests 


The center-left Blue and White list might be widening its lead over the Likud but still has no chance of forming the next government, a new poll by Israel Hayom and i24NEWS suggests.

The poll predicted 38 seats for Blue and White, under the leadership of Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid, compared to 29 seats for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party.

The Union of Right-Wing Parties (comprising Habayit Hayehudi-National Union and the far-right Otzma Yehudit) was projected to win nine seats, making it the third-largest party, and one more than the eight seats projected for the New Right under Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked.

This means that despite his current lead in the polls, Gantz would still be unable to assemble a governing coalition, because parties on the Right have more total seats than parties on the Left. For example, if Gantz were to join forces with Labor, Meretz and even Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu party – which is hovering just at the minimum electoral threshold with four projected seats – after the election, he would still only have 55 total seats, whereas a right-wing government would have 62 seats with Kahlon.

According to the poll, Labor and the Arab list Ta’al-Hadash would win seven seats each. Shas, United Torah Judaism, and Meretz were predicted to win six seats each.

The poll predicted that Yisrael Beytenu and MK Orly Levy-Abekasis’s Gesher party would fail to pass the minimum threshold.

When asked who they thought was most qualified to serve as prime minister, 43% of respondents picked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, compared to 36% who picked Gantz and 21% who picked a different candidate or said they did not know.

The poll also asked respondents whether they thought that a unity government under both Likud and the Blue and White party should be established after the election, 28% responded in favor of a unity government, 40% opposed the idea and 32% said they did not know.

The poll also asked Gantz supporters whom they supported in the last Knesset election, and only 10% said they had voted for Likud. More than half (58%) said they voted for Labor, 17% voted for Kulanu and 13% voted for the Joint Arab List.

 

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