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Polls Show Bennett Leading in Jewish Home

With the vote one month away, polls shows newcomer leading the pack, but the numbers differ wildly.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 10/4/2012, 5:11 PM

Ketzaleh (left) and Naftali Bennett
Ketzaleh (left) and Naftali Bennett
Israel news photo: Flash 90

A poll conducted among 800 members of the Jewish Home by the Smith Institute found that if primary elections for chairman were held today, Naftali Bennett would win by a large margin. An anonymous source in the Jewish Home said the poll had been ordered by the Bennett camp.

The poll gave Bennett 55%, versus 33% for Zevulun Orlev and 11% for Minister Daniel Hershkowitz. lt also gives Bennett 40% in northern Israel, with Orlev receiving 29% there.

Bennett also leads in Judea and Samaria, according to the survey, with a whopping 63%, vis-à-vis 18% for Orlev.

Another poll published Thursday gave drastically different results. The TeleAll poll surveyed 501 registered members and gave Bennett 26%, Hershkowitz 23% and Orlev 19%, with 30% undecided. The anonymous source said that this poll had been ordered by Hershkowitz.

MK Yaakov Katz (National Union) expressed pleasure with the results of the polls. MK Katz has an agreement with Bennett, according to which the two parties will run as a unified list.