Likud would plummet below National Unity, Yesh Atid if new elections were held, poll shows

Yair Lapid (L), Benny Gantz (C) and Benjamin Netanyahu (R) (Flash90)
Yair Lapid (L), Benny Gantz (C) and Benjamin Netanyahu (R) (Flash90)

A poll published tonight on Channel 13 indicates that if elections were held today, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s 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.

Respondents gave 11 seats to the far-right 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 majority-Arab Hadash-Ta’al party, five seats for the Islamist Ra’am party, five seats to the secular right-wing Yisrael Beytenu party, four seats to the left-leaning Labor party, four seats to the hardline Arab Balad party and zero seats to the left-wing Meretz party.

If accurate, 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 of the majority-Arab Hadash-Ta’al and Balad parties.

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