Polls: Likud maintains lead, but no clear majority for Netanyahu

New polls by Channel 12 and Kan News show Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud maintain its lead ahead of the coming election, but it remains unclear if he’ll be able to form a government.

A survey by Channel 12 has Likud at 29 Knesset seats; Gideon Sa’ar’s New Hope with 18; Yesh Atid-Telem 16; Yamina 13; Joint List 11; Shas 8; United Torah Judaism 8; Yisrael Beytenu 7; Meretz 5; Blue and White 5.

Kan has Likud at 28; New Hope 20; Yamina 15; Yesh Atid-Telem 13; Joint List 11; Shas 8; UTJ 7; Blue and White 6; Yisrael Beytenu 6; Meretz 6.

Israelis cast their ballot at a voting station in Jerusalem, March 2, 2020. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Netanyahu’s so-called right-wing bloc of Likud, Yamina, Shas and UTJ has 58 seats in both cases — not enough to form a majority coalition.

Sa’ar has said he will not enter a coalition led by Netanyahu.