Election Poll Puts Netanyahu Bloc With 62-seat Majority

The early election poll is the first to put leader of the opposition Benjamin Netanyahu with a majority, while Ayelet Shaked's Zionist Spirit did not make the cut

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Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv last week.
Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv last week.Credit: Avishag Shaar-Yashuv

Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu's bloc of parties would win 62 Knesset seats if elections were to be held today, a Channel 13 News survey revealed on Thursday, the highest number garnered by the former prime minister's bloc in a poll this election season.

By contrast, the current governing coalition would earn only 52 Knesset seats, while the Joint List would clock-in at six.

Ayelet Shaked's newly formed alliance with Yoaz Hendel might prove to be short-lived as the Zionist Spirit would not make it past the minimum electoral threshold.

The most recent election poll saw Netanyahu's bloc earning 61 seats, just shy of a majority coalition needed to lead the government, with the help of the newly formed ticket of the Zionist Spirit. Thursday's poll, by contrast, puts him as leading a majority in the upcoming Knesset, despite the Zionist Spirit's nose-dive below the threshold.

Closing the gap left By Shaked and Hendel are Religious Zionism and United Torah Judaism which gained a seat each.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the political rainbow, Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid fell by three whole seats and Gideon Sa'ar and Benny Gantz's joint list also lost a seat. The current governing coalition's losses were partially offset by gains on the left, with the Labor earning two more seats.

The survey polled 701 respondents, 600 of which were Jewish and 101 from the non-Jewish public. The sampling error stood at 3.7%.

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