Daily Israel Report

Poll: Religious and Secular Right Continue to Gain Support

Survey shows that support for the religious and secular Right continues to grow, and now stands at 72 of 120 Knesset seats.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 11/13/2009, 10:52 AM / Last Update: 11/13/2009, 11:02 AM

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A survey conducted by the Dialog polling institute on behalf of Haaretz revealed this week that support for the political right has continued to grow since the election of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Sixty-five of the Knesset's 120 seats are currently held by politicians considered to be on the right of the political spectrum. If elections were held today, that number would rise to 72, pollsters found.

On the nationalist end of the political spectrum, the poll showed the Likud and the Ichud Leumi (National Union) with significant gains. If elections were held today, pollsters said, Likud would have 33 seats in place of 27, and National Union (Ichud Leumi) headed by MK Yaakov Katz (Ketzaleh) would have seven in place of four.

Labor would crash to six
The party that would suffer most if elections were held today is Labor, which would crash to six seats from a current total of 13. In the last Knesset, the party had 19 seats.

The party has been troubled for months, with four MKs declaring their intention to create a splinter faction if a fifth MK is willing to join them. The potential fifth MK, MK Daniel Ben-Simon, recently declared that he may join the “Labor rebels” in forming a new party if party policy does not change within two months.

Shas and Israel Our Home (Yisrael Beiteinu) would lose some support, dropping by two seats and one seat respectively, the survey found. The Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) faction would keep its three seats.

While Labor voters have largely turned away from the party, most supporters of Likud and Kadima approved of their respective parties' current paths. Fifty-six percent of Likud voters said they would like to see Prime Minister Netanyahu continue to work with Labor head and current Defense Minister Ehud Barak, while 57 percent of Kadima voters would like to see Labor MKs move to Kadima.