65 Percent of Israelis Unsatisfied With Netanyahu's Coronavirus Response, Poll Shows

About a third of Israelis believe Netanyahu is the best candidate for prime minister ■ Far-right party Yamina surges ahead in new election poll

Netanyahu in Jerusalem, June 16, 2020
Netanyahu in Jerusalem, June 16, 2020Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg

Sixty-five percent of Israelis are unsatisfied with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's handling of the coronavirus crisis, and only a third believe he is the most suitable candidate to lead the country, a Channel 13 election poll released Monday night shows.

According to the poll, which surveyed 707 Israelis, 32 percent, or about a third, believed that Netanyahu is the most suitable person to lead the country. Eighteen percent believe Yamina's Naftali Bennett is better suited to lead, and 13 percent chose opposition leader Yair Lapid. Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz was not included in the poll.

If elections were held now, the poll showed, the right-wing bloc would win a clear 66-seat majority. Bennett's Yamina would surge forward with 21 seats, behind Likud's 31 seats, to become the second-largest party.

Yamina, a far-right slate composed of Hayamin Hehadash and the Union of Right-Wing Parties, currently holds just seven seats, and other polls in past months have given them between 18 and 19 seats.

Lapid's Yesh Atid would become the third-largest party with 18 projected seats, and the Joint List of predominantly Arab parties would garner 13. Gantz's Kahol Lavan, Likud's current coalition partner, would fall to 11 seats.

Ultra-Orthodox parties Shas and United Torah Judaism would both win seven seats. Yisrael Beiteinu and Meretz would win a projected six seats each. The Labor Party, Gesher, Derech Eretz (which split off from Kahol Lavan) and Habayit Hayehudi would not pass the electoral threshold.

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