The Zionist Camp faction — the joint Labor-Hatnua list — continues to hold a small but persistent lead over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, according to a Maariv poll released Friday.
The survey gave Zionist Camp a three-seat lead over Likud, 25 mandates to 22.
A Channel 10 poll Thursday night gave Zionist Camp 24 seats to Likud’s 20, while a Channel 2 poll gave Zionist Camp 25 and Likud 23.
Maariv had Jewish Home in third place with 17 seats, then Yesh Atid 11, Arab parties (Ra’am-Taal/Balad and Hadash) 11, Kulanu 9, United Torah Judaism 7, Shas 6, Yisrael Beytenu 6, and Meretz 6.
The poll featured other positive signs for Zionist Camp leader Isaac Herzog. Sixty percent of the respondents said that his party’s platform represents their socio-economic views.
Herzog’s faction presented its Knesset slate Wednesday, with women and young faces capturing leading 2015 slots, which could be responsible for the Zionist Camp momentum.
But the faction is still weak on security in the eyes of the public, with only 31% identifying with its security platform.
There was other bad news for Netanyahu in the poll. The numbers of respondents who said they did not want another Netanyahu term reached 58%, a 7-point rise over the past two weeks. Still, it is lower than the 66% who said early in the campaign that they want Netanyahu to go.
Only 38% said they want to see another term.
It appears that Netanyahu’s handling of his solidarity visit to France after the series of terrorist attacks did not harm him, despite some in the press focusing on several “gaffes.” Fifty-four percent said he represented Israel well, while 32% disagreed and 14% did not know.
Fifty-one percent said Netanyahu’s calls for French Jews to move to Israel were appropriate, but 40% said they were out of line. Nine percent said they did not know.
The polls suggest that Herzog’s left-of-center Zionist Camp and Netanyahu’s right-of-center Likud could both struggle to form a coalition, and that if the figures hold firm, some kind of unity government between them might become a likely option. However, the electorate has proved itself volatile in years past, and the poll findings are likely to keep shifting in the weeks ahead.
Channel 10’s findings were as follows: Zionist Camp 24 seats; Likud 20; Jewish Home 16; Arab parties (Ra’am-Taal/Balad and Hadash) 12; Yesh Atid 10; Kulanu 10; United Torah Judaism 7; Shas 6; Meretz 6; Yisrael Beytenu 5; Ha’am Itanu 4.
Channel 2’s poll findings were as follows: Zionist Camp 25 seats; Likud 23; Jewish Home 16; Yesh Atid 11; Kulanu 8; Yisrael Beytenu 7; Shas 7; United Torah Judaism 7; Ra’am-Taal/Balad 6; Meretz 5; Hadash 5.
Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.