New Election Polls: Israeli Right Gaining Strength, With Up to 71 Seats

Channel 10 poll predicts only 32 seats for Likud. Labor and Hatnuah weakening, Meretz, Habayit Hayehudi are strengthening and Kadima is passing the election threshold; new polls also from Maariv and Israel Radio.

With five days to go to the election, Israel's right-wing bloc continues to gain in strength, according to three new polls published on Wednesday and Thursday.

Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu will receive 37 seats, according to a Maagar Mochot poll published Thursday morning in Maariv. This is a drop of one seat in comparison with the previous poll published in the paper. The figures are far from the poll published Wednesday night on Channel 10, conducted by the Dialog Institute. This poll showed Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu dropping to only 32 seats.

According to the new poll, the rightist and ultra-Orthodox bloc will receive 72 seats, in comparison with the 65 in the Dialog poll; and the center-left bloc will only receive 48 seats.

In the new poll, the Labor party weakened slightly, dropping to 15 seats. Yesh Atid remains stable with eight seats, while the Channel 10 survey predicts 11 for the party. The poll also predicts an increase in seats for Meretz, to seven, alongside the deterioration of support for Tzipi Livnui's Hatnuah party, which will only receive five seats. Another surprising result is the strengthening of Kadima to three seats, while the Channel 10 poll still has it on the verge of the election threshold.

The Maariv poll revealed that Habayit Hayehudi is gaining strength, with an increase to 14 seats, while Shas remains stable with 12 seats, compared to the 11 predicted for it in the Channel 10 poll. United Torah Judaism also remains stable, with six seats.

The poll also shows that the Otzma Leyisrael party founded by Aryeh Eldad and Michael Ben Ari will pass the election threshold and win two seats. The poll predicts three seats for Bald, three for United Arab List-Ta’al and four for Hadash.

A separate poll conducted by Maagar Mochot for Israel Radio and publicized Thursday morning shows slightly different results. This poll, which began on Sunday earlier this week, had the Labor party win 16 seats, Habayit Hayehudi 13 and Shas with 11. Unlike the survey conducted for Maariv, Yesh Atid won nine seats, Meretz six seats and Otzma Leyisrael three seats.