Latest Israeli Election Poll Gives Center-left Bloc Edge Over Right

Channel 12 survey shows bloc with 61 seats against right-wing bloc's 59, but respondents still prefer Netanyahu as PM over Gantz and Lapid

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Kahol Lavan candidates visit Quneitra in the Golan Heights, March 4, 2019.
Kahol Lavan candidates visit Quneitra in the Golan Heights, March 4, 2019.Credit: Gil Eliahu

A new election poll predicts that the center-left bloc will have 61 seats in the new Knesset, against  the right-wing bloc's 59. According to the Channel 12 News poll published on Tuesday, Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid's Kahol Lavan party is in the lead with 36 seats, and Likud behind them with 30.

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Despite Kahol Lavan's lead, respondents still say they preferred Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister. Of those polled, 40 percent want a Netanyahu government, while 34 percent preferred Gantz.  

According to the poll, Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu and Orli Levi-Abekasis' Gesher party did not pass the electoral threshold, meaning that they did not garner enough votes to get into the Knesset.      

The results echo the Channel 13 and Kan public broadcaster polls conducted last week, which also show the right-wing bloc trailing behind.

That poll, conducted just after the attorney general announced that he will be indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, marked the first time the center-left bloc took the lead. It also signalled that Netanyahu may not be able to form a coalition.