A poll commissioned by Meretz to determine the consequences of a possible union with the Labor-Gesher slate reveals that there would be no difference in the total number of seats whether the parties ran separately or together.
This survey seemingly contradicts claims by Labor Party leaders that uniting the two parties would lead to a loss of three seats between them, because a merger would drive Labor voters to Kahol Lavan, while Meretz voters who don’t identify with Labor wouldn’t vote for the list at all. Kahol Lavan, meanwhile, has been pressuring the two parties to unite, arguing that if they run separately, one or both will not make it into the Knesset.
Another interesting finding is that a green party led by Stav Shaffir would not affect the left-wing seat total at all, because that party won’t pass the electoral threshold. If Shaffir would join Meretz through the Democratic Union, that wouldn’t add seats to that slate, either.
The telephone and internet poll, taken earlier this week by the Midgam Institute, questioned 600 potential voters, and has a margin of error of 4 percent.