Herzog-Livni List Get 3 Seats More Than Likud in Latest Poll

Joint Labor-Hatnuah ticket is widening its lead over Netanyahu' party, Channel 2 poll shows; joint Arab list wins 12 seats.

Moti Milrod

The joint Labor-Hatnuah ticket, Zionist Camp, is rising to 26 seats, thereby widening its lead over Likud by one seat, a new poll published by Channel 2 television Monday night showed.

The poll showed Likud winning 23 seats.

The joint Arab list won 12 seats, one more than in all previous polls. However, this is the first poll taken since the joint ticket was finalized; previous polls had merely presumed that such a slate would exist.

Habayit Hayehudi stayed stable at 15 seats, as did Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu party at eight. But Yesh Atid declined from 11 seats in the previous poll to nine in the current one, while Yisrael Beiteinu slid from eight to seven.

Shas gained a seat compared to previous polls, rising to seven. Meretz and United Torah Judaism were unchanged at six and seven seats, respectively. Eli Yishai’s new party, Ha’am Itanu, failed to win enough seats to enter the Knesset.

Asked which candidate is the most suitable to be prime minister, 44.5 percent named incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu while 34.5 percent chose Zionist Camp leader Isaac Herzog. The remainder either said they hadn’t decided or refused to answer.

Asked what they thought of the possibility of Likud and Zionist Camp forming a national unity government, 48 percent opposed the idea while only 30 percent supported it.

The poll, conducted by Dr. Mina Tzemach, Mano Geva’s Midgam company and the Statnet company, surveyed a representative sample of 500 adults. It has a margin of error of 4.5 percent.