In public opinion polls released Sunday night by Channel 12 and Kan News in preparation for Israel's April 9 election, Benny Gantz’s party, Hosen L’Yisrael, has lost some of its strength, while the Labor Party has jumped up to 10 Knesset seats, and Orli Levi-Abekasis’ party, Gesher, doesn’t cross the electoral threshold.
The Channel 12 News poll lists the parties as follows: Likud, 30 seats; Hosen L’Yisrael, 18; Yesh Atid, 12; Labor, 10; Hayamin Hehadash, 7; United Torah Judaism, 7; Ta’al (Ahmad Tibi), 7; Shas, 6; Joint List, 5; Kulanu, 5; Meretz, 5; Yisrael Beiteinu, 4; Habayit Hayehudi-National Union, 4.
Channel 12 also examined how those surveyed would vote if there was a merger between Hosen L’Yisrael and Yesh Atid. In that case, the joint Gantz-Yair Lapid list would get 32 seats and Likud 31. Thirty-six percent of those polled said they preferred to see Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister, while 31 percent said Gantz.
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The poll was conducted Sunday by the Midgam Institute headed by Dr. Mina Tsemach and Mano Geva, in cooperation with IPanel, among 502 people representing a cross-section of Israeli society, age 18 and up. The margin of error is 4.4 percent.
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The Kan poll listed the parties as follows: Likud, 30 seats; Hosen L’Yisrael, 20; Yesh Atid, 10; Labor, 10; Hayamin Hehadash, 8; United Torah Judaism, 6; Ta’al, 6; Joint List, 6; Yisrael Beiteinu, 5; Shas 5, Meretz, 5; Habayit-Hayehudi-National Union, 5, Kulanu, 4.
This survey was taken Saturday night by Direct Polls among a sampling of 543 people among the adult Jewish and Arab population. The margin of error is 4.2 percent.