Poll: Herzog Gains on Netanyahu

YERUSHALAYIM -

The latest voter opinion poll, issued on Thursday, shows a close race between Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and the Labor-Movement coalition headed by Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni.

Each party took 23 seats in the Knesset, according to the Rafi Smith Institute sampling commissioned by Globes.

The findings also showed that Netanyahu’s big advantage until recently as the candidate regarded as most capable of leading the country has eroded dramatically. While 39 percent said that Netanyahu is suited to be prime minister, 35 percent said that Herzog is suitable, and 26 percent said that neither were suited or did not know.

Below are the overall results. People were asked: If the election were held today, for which party would you vote?

(Results in terms of Knesset seats, first the current poll, conducted on December 17, followed by the result of the December 4 poll, and, in parentheses, the number of seats in the current Knesset).

Likud 23, 22 (31)

Yisrael Beitenu 9, 10 (-)

Yesh Atid 8, 7 (19)

Labor/Movement 23, 24 (21 together)

Jewish Home 16, 16 (12)

Shas 8, 9 (11)

United Torah Judaism 7, 7 (7)

Meretz 6, 5 (6)

Kulanu 9, 9 (-)

Hadash 5, 5 (4)

Ra’am-Ta’al and National Democratic Assembly 6, 6 (7)