Poll: Most Israelis Support Unity Government, Led by Netanyahu

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu holds a press conference on the coronavirus at the Prime Ministers Office in Yerushalayim on Thursday. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

A new poll by Yisrael Hayom on Friday showed that the majority of Israelis prefer to see Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu remain prime minister, and not MK Benny Gantz (Blue and White).

The poll, conducted by Maagar Mochot and Yitzchak Katz, showed that 47% of Israelis believe that Netanyahu is the best suited for the job, compared to 36% who say Gantz is. 17% said that they were not sure which of the two.

When asked which government they prefer to see formed, 31% of the respondents said they want a unity government including Likud, Blue and White, and other parties from both the right and left, while 26% said they want a narrow right-wing government, 17% said they would want a government with just Likud and Blue and White, 17% said they want a minority government together with the Joint Arab List, while 9% said they did not know which option they preferred.

Interestingly, 40% said that the only way to solve the political deadlock is to hold fourth elections. Another 19% said that a right-wing government should be formed, while 13% said a unity government should be formed, 9% said a minority government should be formed, and 19% said they did not know.

On Thursday night, Netanyahu called for a unity government, in light of the coronavirus emergency.