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Poll: Attack on Bennett Strengthened his Party

Bayit Yehudi would receive 13 seats if elections were held today, according to a Panels poll.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 12/24/2012, 12:48 PM

Uri Ariel and Naftali Bennett
Uri Ariel and Naftali Bennett
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The attacks on Naftali Bennett only served to enlarge and consolidate his party's base of support, according to a Panels Politics poll for the Mako website.

The poll shows Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home) gaining a one seat, compared to the previous Panels poll, and receiving 13 Knesset seats, whereas Likud remains stable at 36 seats.

The poll further shows Labor with 18, Shas with 10, Livni's movement and Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid with 9 each, United Torah Judaism with 6, Meretz with 4, Otzma Leyisrael (Power to Israel) with 3 and Rabbi Haim Amsallem's Am Shalem with 2.

The poll also checked how the Israeli public has reacted to Bennett's pronouncements regarding refusal of orders to evict people from their homes. A plurality of 42% said they support Bennett's in the argument with Likud. Among Likud voters, 45% support Netanyahu, whereas among Bayit Yehudi voters, 92% support Bennett.

The controversy around Bennett's statements appears to have galvanized his base in his support. Of Bayit Yehudi voters, 54% said their appreciation for Bennett has only increased since the storm erupted, and 85% said they think Netanyahu made a mistake in attacking Bennett.

Likud voters, meanwhile, were almost evenly divided between those who said Netanyahu operated correctly (41%) and those who thought he made a mistake by attacking Bennett (38%).