Poll Shows Kulanu, Yisrael Beytenu Plummeting

Precisely as Kulanu unveils its list poll finds it shrinking, as Yisrael Beytenu's corruption scandal drops it to six mandates.

Ari Yashar,

Moshe Kahlon
Moshe Kahlon
Ben Kelmer/Flash 90

Snow is not the only deluge showering on Israel, as the endless array of surveys continue to ponder the March 17 Knesset elections results. In a new twist, precisely as Moshe Kahlon's new Kulanu party is unveiling its list, the party is shown as plummeting in the polls.

Haaretz poll published Wednesday and conducted by the  Dialog Institute under the supervision of Prof. Camil Fuchs found Kulanu receiving nine mandates, down from 12 in an identical poll three weeks ago.

Kulanu isn't the only party to fall in the polls; Yisrael Beytenu, which has been plagued by a massive corruption scandal surrounding senior party figures, plummets from eight seats three weeks ago to a mere six mandates.

The recently formed joint Labor and Hatnua list is shown as receiving 23 seats while Likud gets 22, although other polls have shown Likud ahead of Labor in their neck and neck race.

Jewish Home received 16 seats in the poll, Yesh Atid gets 12 and United Torah Judaism receives seven. Even after Shas chairperson Aryeh Deri stepped down over a set of damning recordings Shas is given five seats in the poll, while Eli Yishai's Yachad - Ha'am Itanu party gets four.

The radical leftist party Meretz gets six, United Arab List receives five as does Hadash, while Balad doesn't pass the threshold, although the three Arab parties are holding talks to unify into a joint list.

Otzma Yehudit continues not to be represented in the polls, with the party revealing it is the target of an intentional media blackout after a senior pollster told them they are being excluded from the survey lists.

As far as who the public sees as more suitable for the role of prime minister, 46% said they prefer Likud's Binyamin Netanyahu, while only 30% preferred Yitzhak Herzog of Labor.