Four days before elections
Polls: Labor Gaining, But Many Prefer Netanyahu

Labor ahead of Likud by 2-4 seat margin in polls - but Israelis still prefer Netanyahu and a 'right-wing' government.

Tova Dvorin,

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
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Labor is still gaining over Likud, according to the latest pre-elections polls.

Four days before the vote, Labor has 25 seats, according to the Panels Politics poll for Ma'ariv; Likud has just 21. 

The Arab list and Yesh Atid have 13 seats each, followed by Jewish Home with 11 seats and Kulanu at 10. 

Shas gained one seat over United Torah Judaism (UTJ), with 7 and 6 seats, respectively. 

Bottoming out the poll are Yisrael Beytenu, Meretz, and Yachad-Ha'am Itanu with 5 seats each.

The poll also reveals that some 72% of respondents "want a change" - without any care as to who the prime minister is, as long as it is not Binyamin Netanyahu. A full 58% of respondents are against a joint Labor-Likud "unity" government, as well, versus just 22% who support the idea.  

Separate polls, similar margins

In a separate poll also published Friday, Labor has even bigger gains - but the same margin between it and Likud. 

Labor would gain 26 seats in the 20th Knesset, according to the Yediot Aharonot poll, whereas Likud would have 22 seats.

The Arab list would be the third-largest party in the Knesset with 13 seats, according to these results; Yesh Atid and Jewish Home follow with 12 seats each. Kulanu is much farther behind with just 8 seats. 

Shas is still ahead of UTJ, again with 7 and 6 seats, respectively.

Yisrael Beytenu and Meretz come in with 5 seats each; Yachad-Ha'am Itanu passes the Knesset threshold at just 4. 

. . .or are they?

A third poll published Friday morning, however, shows Labor with a much narrower lead over Likud for the 20th Knesset.

Labor would gain 25 seats in the upcoming elections, according to the TNS poll for Walla! News, whereas Likud would gain 23. 

The Arab list and Yesh Atid would gain 12 seats each, according to this set of results, followed by Jewish Home at 11 seats. 

Kulanu is slightly ahead in this poll at 9 seats, followed by 7 seats each for both Shas and UTJ.

Yisrael Beytenu gets 6 seats, as Meretz and Yachad-Ha'am Itanu make it into the Knesset at 4 seats each. 

Despite this, some 48% of respondents to the TNS poll prefer Netanyahu to serve another term as premier; just 28% prefer Labor leader Yitzhak Herzog. 

When asked if they are "interested" in allowing Netanyahu to continue in the role, 26% of respondents said they are "very interested" in re-electing Netanyahu; 14% indicated they are "somewhat interested"; 16% said they are "not so interested"; and 35% are "not interested at all." 

In addition, more respondents are interested in a "right-wing government" for the 20th Knesset than other possible coalition deals, according to the daily. Some 36% of respondents prefer a "right-wing government with Likud, Jewish Home, and others" - versus just 27% who want a "left-center government with Labor, Meretz, and others," and 19% who want a "unity government with Likud, Labor, and others." 




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