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Poll: Public prefers Bennett-Lapid gov’t to election, but few think it will last

A plurality of Israelis prefer the prospective government of Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid to new elections, but only a quarter believe it will succeed, a new poll indicates.

The Midgam survey for Channel 12 shows 46 percent of Israelis prefer the emergent government to a fifth national vote, while 38% would like to go to the polls again. Fifteen percent said they did not know.

Yamina chief Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid are seen on Wednesday evening, as they inform President Reuven Rivlin they have succeeded in forming a government, June 2, 2021. (Courtesy)

Meanwhile 42% think the government will be sworn in but won’t last, 16% think it won’t be sworn in, and only 24% believe it will be sworn in and last.

The poll also shows Israelis trust Bennett more than Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Asked who they trusted more, 44% said Bennett, while 35% said Netanyahu (21% did not know).

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