New Poll Gives Labor-Hatnuah One Seat Advantage Over Likud

After Livni-Herzog deal, Channel 2 poll gives the center-left bloc 24 seats and Likud 23; joint Bennett-Netanyahu ticket would win 33, 5 less than they would win separately.

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Herzog and Livni at a joint press conference, December 10, 2014.
Herzog and Livni at a joint press conference, December 10, 2014.Credit: Moti Milrod
Jonathan Lis
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The first poll conducted since the Labor and Hatnuah parties announced their joint ticket shows no significant change from previous surveys: The unified slate would win 24 Knesset seats if the election were held today, narrowly edging out Likud at 23 seats, the Channel 2 television poll found.

The polls also found that should Likud and Habayit Hayehudi form a joint ticket, it would win 33 seats. That is five fewer than the two would win by running separately, the survey said, since running alone, Habayit Hayehudi would win 15 seats.

The survey, conducted by the Midgam company under the supervision of Mina Tzemach and Mano Geva, found all the other parties polling in the single digits. The results were as follows: Yisrael Beiteinu, 8 seats; Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu party, 9; Yesh Atid, 8; Shas, 9; United Torah Judaism, 8; and Meretz, 5. The Arab parties weren’t differentiated in the poll, but together, they won 11 seats.

Over the last few days, the pollsters said, many voters have migrated from smaller parties to the two largest ones.

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