New Election Poll Shows Gantz's Party Maintaining Slight Edge Over Likud

Four parties that have been tittering on the brink of the electoral threshold edge past it, but conservative Arab slate doesn't ■ 45 percent say Netanyahu most fitting for prime minister, with Gantz behind at 33 percent

A man walks past a Likud election campaign billboard, depicting U.S. President Donald Trump shaking hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in Jerusalem February 4, 2019.
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A new poll conducted by Israel Army Radio found Kahol Lavan, the slate led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's top rival Benny Gantz, maintains its edge over the Likud by two seats.

According to the poll, Kahol Lavan would receive 30 seats out of the 120-seat Knesest if the election were held today, while Likud would receive 28.

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Four parties that have been tittering on the brink of the electoral threshold - Moshe Kahlon's Kulanu, Orli Levi-Abekasis's Gesher, Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu and Moshe Feiglin's Zehut - would pass and receive 4 seats. The Arab slate United Arab List-Balad doesn't pass the threshold, according to the poll. 

When asked which candidate is most fitting for the prime minister role, 45 percent of respondents chose Netanyahu compared with 33 percent who chose Gantz, with 22 percent saying they don't know. 

These are the full results of the poll (in parenthesis: An average of polls conducted between March 10 and 27): Kahol Lavan: 30 (31), Likud: 28 (28.5), Labor: 10 (9), Hadash-Ta'al: 8 (7.5), United Torah Judaism: 7 (7), Shas: 6 (5.5), Union of Right-Wing Parties: 5 (6.5), Meretz: 5 (5.5), Hayamin Hehadash: 5 (6), Yisrael Beiteinu: 4 (3.5), Gesher: 4 (1), Zehut: 4 (4), Kulanu: 4 (4)

The poll was condutcted on March 26. 504 adult Israelis were asked for their views, and the poll has a 4.4% margin of error.