Poll: Lapid, Liberman continue to gain strength

New poll finds that Yesh Atid and Yisrael Beytenu are making gains at the expense of Likud and the Zionist Union.

Elad Benari, Canada,

Liberman and Lapid
Liberman and Lapid
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The Likud and the Zionist Union parties are continuing to lose seats, while Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid and Avigdor Liberman's Yisrael Beytenu are making gains, a Kol Yisrael radio poll released Friday found.

The poll suggests that if elections were held today, Likud would win 26 seats, compared to 30 in the elections a year ago.

The Zionist Union, according to Friday's poll, would win 17 seats compared to 24 in the last election. Yesh Atid would rise to 19 seats, compared with 11 a year ago, and Yisrael Beytenu would win eight, compared to six in the 2015 elections, if elections were held today.

The poll is the latest reflection of recent trends in Israel. One week ago, a special poll marking a year since the last elections found that Yesh Atid is nearly catching up to the ruling Likud.

The poll, just like Friday's survey, found Likud dropping from 30 seats down to 26, while Yesh Atid jumped from 11 all the way up to 21.

Most of Yesh Atid's increase appears to have come from Zionist Union, which dropped from 24 seats to a paltry 15 in last week's poll, while Likud's drop may be explained by Jewish Home which rose from eight to 12. Jewish Home would tie with the Arab Joint List, which goes down by one seat from its current tally of 13.

Yisrael Beytenu rises from six seats to nine according to the poll, while Shas stays at seven and United Torah Judaism remains at six.

Similarly, a Channel 2 poll earlier this month found Likud dropping from its current 30 seats down to 26, while Yesh Atid would jump from its current 11 up to 19.

The Zionist Union would come in third after Yesh Atid, dropping sharply from 24 seats today to just 18.

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