Poll: Likud/Beiteinu Weaker, Bennett Stronger
A new poll released Thursday morning shows the decline in support for the joint Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu list, as well as a further slip in support for Labor, while support for Bayit Yehudi continues to grow. The latest poll shows Likud/Beiteinu garnering 34 seats, with Labor at 16 and Bayit Yehudi with 14.
This is the third week in a row that both the Likud/Beiteinu and Labor lists showed declines in support among voters. Support for the Naftali Bennett-led Bayit Yehudi, on the other hand, has grown over the past month.
Despite the slide in the numbers for the Likud, there's no question that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will be able to form a government after the elections later this month. According to the poll, the Likud's “natural” allies on the right are likely to get close to 70 seats, making it nearly impossible for Labor, the largest faction on the center-left, to form a coalition.
Shas continued to weaken, and according to the new poll would garner 11 seats, giving the Bayit Yehudi a solid lead to become the third largest party in the next Knesset. Following Shas is Tzippy Livni's Hatnua, with 10 seats. The poll also shows that Rabbi Haim Amasalem's Am Shalom party getting two seats.
The poll also shows that 46.4% of Israelis want to see building continue in all areas of Jerusalem, including the areas that the government has been criticized for building in by world governments and the UN. About 40% would rather see building in these areas frozen, the poll added.