Poll: If gov’t backed by Ra’am sworn in, plurality want Lapid-Bennett rotation

Most Israelis — including a majority of right-wing voters — prefer the formation of a government reliant on the Islamist Ra’am party than a fifth round of elections, according to a television poll aired this evening.

Among all respondents to the Channel 12 news poll, 54 percent say they prefer a coalition that would be sworn in with Ra’am’s votes or abstention rather that going to the polls again. For right-wingers, those figures were 51% and 28%, respectively.

If a government is formed with Ra’am’s support or abstention, a slight plurality — 40% — prefer a coalition that sees Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid and Yamina chief Naftali Bennett rotate the premiership, rather than one led by Prime Minister Netanyahu, which 37% prefer.

If fifth elections are held, 43% say Netanyahu is to blame, followed by 15% who say Bennett, 12% who say New Hope leader Gideon Sa’ar and 6% who say Religious Zionism head Bezalel Smotrich.

The poll asks about Netanyahu’s assertion that Bennett didn’t really negotiate with him and the Yamina leader’s that the prime minister just wants fifth elections. Asked who they believe, 30% say Bennett, 24% say Netanyahu and 30% say neither.

Likud MK Nir Barkat leads among respondents as the person to lead the ruling party after Netanyahu, with 26% backing him, 10% Gilad Erdan, 8% Yuli Edelstein, 5% Israel Katz, 3% Yariv Levin and 1% Miri Regev.

The poll also says that if new elections were held, the allocation of seats among the blocs would remain unchanged, signaling Israel’s over 2-year political impasse will likely continue even further if no one can form a government.

The following is how many seats each party would pick up if new elections are held, per the survey: Likud 30, Yesh Atid 19, Shas 9, Labor 8, Yamina 7, United Torah Judaism 7, Yisrael Beytenu 7, Blue and White 7, Joint List 6, Religious Zionism 6, New Hope 5, Meretz 5 and Ra’am 4.

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