Channel 12 poll: Camps split 60-60 if Yamina backs Netanyahu

A new poll released by Channel 12 news shows the political system projected to remain gridlocked following the election, with no party having a clear path to forming a government.

The poll has Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party winning 28 seats; Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid 19; Naftali Bennett’s Yamina 13; Gideon Sa’ar’s New Hope 11; the Joint List 9; Shas 8; Yisrael Beytenu 7; United Torah Judaism 7; and Labor 6.

Blue and White, Meretz and Religious Zionism all hover just above the electoral threshold with 4 seats each.

Meanwhile, the breakaway Arab Ra’am party is just below the 3.25% threshold with 3.1%.

The anti-Netanyahu bloc has 60 seats, according to the survey. Netanyahu’s religious bloc has 47 with Yamina potentially bringing him to 60.

Naftali Bennett announces he is running for prime minister, December 23, 2020. (Uri Cohen)

Asked who they preferred as prime minister, 35% said Netanyahu, 20% said Lapid, 12% said Sa’ar and 10% said Bennett.

Ra’am has indicated it may back a Netanyahu-led coalition if it enters the Knesset. But asked for their opinion on the matter, right-wing voters opposed a Ra’am-backed government 55% to 28%.

In the center-left, 49% backed a coalition that includes the Joint List, while 43% opposed.

Also asked if they agree with the prime minister’s assessment earlier this week that the COVID-19 pandemic is behind Israel, 71% said no while 24% said yes.

The poll was carried out by the Midgam Institute.

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