Poll: Majority Don’t Think Elections Will Break Deadlock

View of the Knesset. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

A majority of Israelis see a low likelihood that the general election, set for Nov. 1, will lead to a stable government, according to a survey published on Tuesday by the Viterbi Center for Public Opinion and Policy Research of the Israel Democracy Institute.

According to the Israeli Voice Index for June 2022, 57.5% of respondents said they do not believe the upcoming polls would break the long-standing political impasse.

Despite most Israelis predicting the instability in Israel’s Knesset, 51% are satisfied with the snap elections, after the coalition collapsed and the Knesset was dissolved last month.

Along partisan lines, 81% of voters for opposition parties and 29% of voters for coalition parties support holding new elections.

The results of voter preferences in the upcoming elections don’t show a significant shift in party allegiance, at least for the major factions, with 62.5% of Israelis overall saying they will vote for the same party as in the last election.

However, there are some shifts in voting patterns within the coalition bloc.

While a large majority of Yesh Atid, Yisrael Beytenu, Blue and White and Meretz supporters say that they will vote the same again, the Yamina party does not fare as well. Only 32.5% of people who voted for Yamina in the last election say that they will make the same choice again, come November.

As well, only 41% said that they would vote for Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar’s New Hope party again.

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