Half respondents want Gantz's National Unity to leave gov't

TV survey: 62% won’t vote for any party that backs Netanyahu continuing as premier

56% of respondents express backing for hostage-for-ceasefire proposal revealed by Biden, with same proportion saying they believe PM’s actions on hostages driven by politics

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a Knesset plenum session in Jerusalem on May 27, 2024. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a Knesset plenum session in Jerusalem on May 27, 2024. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

A television poll aired Friday evening showed that 62 percent of voters say they will not cast their ballot for a party that supports the continued premiership of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Nineteen percent of respondents to the Channel 12 news survey told pollsters they would only vote for a party that supports Netanyahu, and 19% say they did not know.

Additionally, 30% of those who were classified currently as voters within Netanyahu’s bloc, said they will not vote for parties that support his continued leadership of the country.

Channel 12 did not give the sample size or margin of error for the poll.

The poll also asked respondents about the Israeli hostage-for-ceasefire proposal that US President Joe Biden recently revealed, with 56% saying they were in favor and 24% against. The remaining 20% did not know.

An identical figure — 56% — said they believe Netanyahu’s main consideration regarding the return of the hostages that Hamas took into Gaza during the October 7 terror attack is political, whereas 30% responded that he’s driven by practical concerns and the rest not knowing.

Demonstrators call for the release of hostages held in the Gaza Strip outside the Kirya military base in Tel Aviv, June 5, 2024. (Itai Ron/Flash90)

Respondents expressed overwhelming disapproval of the government’s treatment of the hostages’ families, with 72% expressing discontent and 19% saying they were pleased, and the remainder unsure. Concerning the government’s attitude toward those forced to flee their homes in the south and north due respectively to the Hamas-led onslaught and near-daily cross borders attacks since then by Lebanon’s Hezbollah, 75% said they disapproved, 18% that they were content and the rest that they didn’t know.

The other questions in the survey included whether war cabinet members Benny Gantz and Gadi Eisenkot should pull their National Unity party out of the government, with half of respondents saying they should, 31% opposing such a move and the remainder not knowing. Support for National Unity quitting the government was even higher among those who said they intent to vote for the party, with 61% in favor.

Asked who should lead a theoretical new electoral alliance made up of right-wing leaders, a plurality of 23% backed ex-prime minister Naftali Bennett, followed by Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman at 14%, former Mossad chief Yossi Cohen at 11% and New Hope head Gideon Sa’ar at four percent. Thirty-one percent said none of them while the remaining 17% did not know.

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