Poll: Left, Labor Gaining Ground

Labor has a slight edge over Likud in pre-elections polling - but also has gained seats for a potential leftist coalition.

Tova Dvorin ,

Knesset elections (illustration)
Knesset elections (illustration)
Miriam Alster/Flash 90

Labor has gained a slight victory over Likud in pre-elections polling, according to the latest survey. 

Labor is in the top spot in the Ma'ariv poll, with 24 seats over Likud's 22. 

Jewish Home is back in third place with 13 seats, followed by the Arab parties and Yesh Atid at 12 each. 

Far behind are Kulanu, with eight seats, as well as the haredi Shas and United Torah Judaism (UTJ) parties at seven seats each. 

Bottoming out the poll are Meretz, at six seats; Yisrael Beytenu, at five seats; and Yachad - Ha'am Itanu at 4 seats, just passing the Knesset threshold. 

According to these results, Labor will have a rare advantage over the Likud in forming a coalition, with a Labor-Meretz-Yesh Atid combination garnering a projected 42 seats for the 20th Knesset, opposed to just 39 seats for a pact between Likud, Jewish Home, and Ha'am Itanu. 

Until now, the right-wing bloc has had a consistent advantage over the left in coalition projections, with a consistent 41-43 seats projected for the right in elections polls, even when Labor is projected to have the most seats. A majority of 61 seats are needed to form a coalition.