Israelis Think Netanyahu Will Form Next Government

New survey finds that 52% of respondents believe PM will also form next government, compared to 25% who think Herzog will be given the task.

Cynthia Blank,

Binyamin Netanyahu
Binyamin Netanyahu
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While Likud and the Zionist Camp remain neck and neck in the polls, most of Israel's public believes that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will form the next government.

According to a Midgam Project survey under the supervision of Camil Fuchs, and published by Channel 10, 52% believe that Netanyahu will be asked by President Reuven Rivlin to form the 20th Knesset's government. 

Only a quarter of the public believes the task will be assigned to Labor leader Yitzhak Herzog. 

As to the structure of the next coalition, 34% of the public prefer a right-wing government with Kahlon and the haredi parties. Comparatively, only 14% prefer a government under Herzog, also with Kahlon and the haredi parties. 

Nine percent of citizens want a unity government between Herzog and Netanyahu with a rotation deal for prime minister between the two party leaders. 

Meanwhile 35% percent of the public prefers a different government altogether than the options listed. 

The survey also asked respondents what they thought of Netanyahu's recent, and controversial, speech before the United States Congress. 

Both those who support the speech and those who oppose it remain equal at 41% each. 50% of respondents said Netanyahu gave the speech mainly for political reasons, compared to 35% who thought his motives were strictly related to the Iranian security threat. 

Social and economic issues continue to top the agenda of elections for the 20th Knesset, with 57% of respondents saying this issue will determine their vote at the polls on March 17. 

Only 25% see security as the most important issue to them. 




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