Anti-Netanyahu Bloc Gains Steam in Latest Israeli Election Poll as Likud Drops

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Gideon Sa'ar in Jerusalem, December 2020.
Gideon Sa'ar in Jerusalem, December 2020. Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's party is losing steam as rival Gideon Sa'ar's new party makes gains, according to a Channel 12 News poll published on Sunday, which gives the broad coalition of political parties that oppose the prime minister a possible majority.   

Sunday's survey gives Sa'ar's New Hope party 19 out of the 120 Knesset seats in the upcoming election, one more than the last poll, at the expense of Netanyahu's Likud.

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The poll indicates that the bloc of parties that have sworn not to form a government with Netanyahu – composed of New Hope, Yesh Atid, the Joint List, Meretz, Yisrael Beiteinu and Kahol Lavan – would win 63 seats in the upcoming election.

The bloc of parties that has not ruled out sitting in a government led by Netanyahu – composed of Likud, Shas, United Torah Judaism and Yamina – would win 57 seats.

Netanyahu's Likud still leads in the polls with 28 seats, one fewer than the previous poll.

Sa'ar's New Hope is the second largest party with 19 seats, followed by Yesh Atid-Telem with 16 seats and Yamina with 13. The Joint List of Arab-majority parties is projected to win 11 seats. Shas and United Torah Judaism are both projected to win eight seats. Yisrael Beiteinu is projected to win seven seats, while Kahol Lavan and Meretz are both expected to take five seats.

Labor, Habayit Hayehudi and Gesher did not clear the 3.25-percent electoral threshold. 

The poll was conducted by the Midgam polling firm headed by Mano Geva, over the internet and by phone, and included 575 participants. The margin of error for the poll is +/-4.2%.

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