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Survey: Religious Right Continues Growth

The political right-wing and hareidi-religious bloc continues to grow, poll finds. Public support for parties nearly unchanged.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 7/1/2011, 10:05 AM / Last Update: 7/1/2011, 12:22 PM

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A survey conducted by Yisrael Hayom and Hagal Hahadash has found hat the combined bloc of politically right-wing and hareidi-religious parties continues to grow. Right-wing and hareidi parties would win 67 seats between them if elections were held today, compared to their current 65.

Other than that, the poll found few changes on Israel's political scene. If elections were held today the government and Knesset would be virtually unchanged.

Respondents' votes would leave Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in his position. Netanyahu's Likud party would grow slightly to become the Knesset's largest faction, with 31 seats, but rival party Kadima would maintain its strength, and the other parties would experience only minor gains or losses.

Netanyahu's edge over Kadima chairwoman Tzipi Livni has grown, with 40% support for the prime minister compared to 28% for the opposition leader. Netanyahu enjoys an even higher advantage over Livni's rival, Kadima MK Shaul Mofaz, with 43% support to Mofaz's 15%.

However, an unusually high number of respondents – 42% - said they remain undecided whether Netanyahu or Mofaz is the better candidate.

A poll conducted in late May found Netanyahu's popularity quite high following his visit to the United States and speech before Congress.