Polls: Still No Coalition in Sight

YERUSHALAYIM -
A campaign poster of New Hope party leader Gideon Saar rolling off the presses ahead of the March 23 Israeli elections. (Yossi Zeliger/Flash90)

With three weeks to go before elections, the configuration of parties remains much the same as it has been for months, showing Likud as the biggest vote-getter but still short of a coalition, according to the latest polls on Tuesday night.

Also dimming Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu‏‏’s hopes for reelection was a finding of widespread dissatisfaction with his government’s handling of the covid crisis.

A Channel 12 poll ranked the parties as follows:

Likud: 28
Yesh Atid: 19
New Hope: 14
Yamina: 12
Joint List: 9
Shas: 8
Yisrael Beytenu: 7
Labor: 7
United Torah Judaism: 6
Religious Zionism: 5
Blue and White: 5

Channel 13 showed slight differences:

Likud: 27
Yesh Atid: 19
New Hope: 11
Yamina: 11
Joint List: 8
Shas: 7
Yisrael Beytenu: 7
United Torah Judaism: 7
Labor: 6
Religious Zionism: 5
Blue and White: 4
Meretz: 4

Neither Netanyahu’s right-wing bloc, nor the center-left opposition would have enough MKs to form a coalition, suggesting the possibility of an inconclusive outcome and yet another election later in the year.

According to the first poll, the left-wing Meretz fails to cross the electoral threshold of 3.25% of the vote.

Channel 13’s poll found that 48% of the public is unhappy Netanyahu’s performance during the ongoing health and economic crisis, while just 28% express satisfaction.

Sixty-two percent say they don’t have faith in the government’s public health guidelines, while 28% do.