LGBT Voters Shifting to Gantz's Party From Labor and Meretz, Poll Finds

31 percent of voters plan to vote for Kahol Lavan while 23 percent will vote Meretz and 24 for Labor

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FILE Photo: The gay pride parade in Tel Aviv, 2018.
FILE Photo: The gay pride parade in Tel Aviv, 2018. Credit: Moti Milrod
Lee Yaron
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Almost a third of the LGBT community plans to vote for Kahol Lavan, resulting in a drop in the community’s support for both Labor and Meretz, a new poll found.

The poll, commissioned by the Aguda – the Association for LGBTQ Equality in Israel, found that 31 percent of LGBT voters plan to vote Kahol Lavan. Another 23 percent will vote Meretz, down from 30 percent in the 2015 election, and 24 percent will vote Labor, a drop from the 31 percent won by Zionist Union, a joint ticket of which Labor was the main component, in 2015.

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Only 6 percent of LGBT voters support Likud, down from 9 percent in 2015. Another 4.5 percent plan to vote for Moshe Feiglin’s Zehut party and a similar number for Orli Levi-Abekasis’ Gesher party. Bringing up the rear were Kulanu at 1.6 percent and Hayamin Hehadash at 1 percent.

The poll found that 89 percent of respondents intend to vote, while another 6.3 percent said they haven’t decided whether to vote or not. LGBT organizations predict that overall, some 500,000 members of the community will vote.

Fully 70 percent of respondents said they won’t vote for a party that doesn’t work to promote equal rights for community members, compared to 28 percent who said that while they consider this issue important, it won’t affect their vote. Only 2 percent said they simply didn’t consider the issue important.

LGBT organizations are trying to persuade voters to vote only for parties that will promote legislation to help the community.

More than half of respondents (55 percent) said their vote for a party would be conditional on it having LGBT Knesset members, while 38 percent would merely prefer their party to have LGBT Knesset members.

The poll was conducted over the internet among 550 respondents, who were also asked to specify who they voted for in the last election.

“Half a million voters are a first-rate electoral force, and it’s no wonder that almost all party leaders have sought to meet with members of the LGBT community’s campaign headquarters,” said Ohad Hizki, the Aguda’s executive director. “Members of the LGBT community vote like all Israelis, based on a long list of security, economic and civic considerations. We’re here to encourage them to vote based on the LGBT consideration.

“This is life itself,” he continued. “The questions of whether we can raise a family, walk around safely in public places or merit protection are of the kind that are important for everyone to ask himself before making a final decision.”

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