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Survey finds half of Israelis plan to vote for same party as in 2021 elections

Israelis cast their votes at a voting station in Jerusalem, during the elections for the 24th Knesset, March 23, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Israelis cast their votes at a voting station in Jerusalem, during the elections for the 24th Knesset, March 23, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

A survey published today finds that half of Israelis plan to vote for the same party as they did in the previous 2021 elections, with some 25% undecided.

According to the survey by the Israel Democracy Institute’s Viterbi Family Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research, despite the fluidity, only some 6% say they will vote for a party in a different bloc.

The last four elections have largely focused on a division between those who support Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu and those who oppose him.

Still, the survey finds that when asked what will influence their vote, respondents ranked parties’ economic agendas as the most influential factor.

“The identity of the party leader only ranked in second place, with the exception of Likud voters, for whom the identity of the party’s leader was cited as the most important factor in voting for that party,” the survey says.

Among Jewish Israelis, the survey finds greater indecisiveness among those who voted for a member of the coalition, with 25% saying they were still unsure who they would vote for.

Among those who voted for the opposition parties last time, only 12 % are undecided.

The majority of those willing to switch blocs are also from the current coalition, with most of them Yamina voters, the survey says.

Among Arab Israeli voters, 65% of those who voted for the Joint List say they intend to do so again, while only 45% of those who voted for Ra’am plan to do so.

 

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