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New poll: 61% of voters want a coalition without ultra-Orthodox parties

A new Channel 12 poll shows 61 percent of Israeli voters want a coalition without the ultra-Orthodox parties, while only 22% favor such a government.

Fifty-two percent of right-wing voters prefer a non-Haredi coalition, while 78% of center-left voters feel the same.

The poll shows Likud at 29 seats, Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid at 16, Gideon Sa’ar’s New Hope at 15, Yamina with 14, the Joint List with 10, Shas at 8, United Torah Judaism at 8, Yisrael Beytenu at 7, Meretz with 5, Blue and White with 4 and Labor with 4.

After launching his party as a new proposed centrist platform, Huldai started at around 8 seats in polls but has been steadily declining since.

The poll shows that Labor and Huldai together would score 12 seats, however.

Channel 12 notes that the poll has around 12 seats’ worth of lost votes due to many parties falling below the threshold, making the survey somewhat unreliable.

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai announces his new ‘The Israelis’ party, December 29, 2020. (Screenshot: YouTube)
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