Polls Show Center-Right Gains


Two opinion polls published this week show center-right and right-wing parties making significant gains, Arutz Sheva reported on Wednesday.

If Knesset elections were held today, and if Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu were to run separately, instead of sharing a single slate of candidates, their position would be considerably stronger than at present.

A GeoCartography poll of 500 Israelis gave the following results (the parties’ present strengths are shown brackets): 40 [31] Likud Beitenu; 12 [15] Labor; 12 [11] Shas; 11 [12] Jewish Home; 10 [06] Meretz; 9 [19] Yesh Atid; 6 [7] UTJ; 3 [6] Movement; 3 [2] Kadima; 3 [0] Am Shalem; 11 [11] Hadash, Ra’am-Ta’al and Balad.

When broken into blocs, the national-religious bloc has 72, up from the current 61, and the Center-Left-Arab bloc is down to 48 from 59.

If Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu were to run separately, the results were even more dramatic, with Likud garnering 39 [20] and Yisrael Beiteinu 16 [11].

According to a Politika poll, if elections were held today, the nationalist bloc (without chareidim) would gain strength from 43 to 50 Knesset seats. The poll gives the old coalition of nationalists and chareidim 67 seats, up from the current 61.