Polls: Zionist Union Crashes, Most Israelis Oppose a National Unity Government

Those polled were asked how they would vote had elections taken place today; Herzog's party loses 40 percent of its seats, Yesh Atid doubles in strength, and Likud loses four seats.

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Marc Israel Salem and Moti Milrod

Zionist Union would lose between seven and 11 Knesset seats if new elections were held today, while Yesh Atid would almost double its Knesset representation, according to two television polls released Monday night.

The polls also found that a majority of the public opposes having Zionist Union join the government – a move that party leader Isaac Herzog has recently been discussing with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The first poll, commissioned by Channel 10, found that if elections were held today, Likud would lose five of the 30 seats it currently holds. Yesh Atid would rise from 11 to 20 seats, while Zionist Union would plummet from 24 seats to just 13.

Channel 2 and Channel 10 polls

Channel 2’s poll showed similar but less dramatic results. It found that Likud would shrink by only three seats, to 27, while Yesh Atid would rise by only seven seats, to 18. Zionist Union would receive 17 seats, a drop of only seven, rather than the 11-seat drop predicted by Channel 10.

The Channel 2 poll also found that Habayit Hayehudi would win 10 seats, up from eight currently, while Yisrael Beiteinu would win nine seats, up from six today. Kulanu would shrink from 10 to seven seats, United Torah Judaism would rise from six to seven, and Shas and Meretz would get six seats each – a drop of one for Shas and a gain of one for Meretz. The Joint Arab List would remain unchanged at 13.

The polls also surveyed the public’s attitude toward a unity government. Channel 10’s poll, conducted by Midgam Project and Statnet, found that 50 percent of the public opposes the idea, 26 percent supports it and 24 percent has no opinion. Channel 2’s poll, conducted by Midgam, produced almost identical results – 52 percent of the public opposed and 24 percent in favor.

Among Zionist Union voters, 60 percent opposed a unity government, while 36 percent supported it.