A new poll published tonight (Tuesday) on Channel 12 News shows that the Likud, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, continues to gain strength and has overtaken the National Unity party after previous polls showed the opposition party on par with or even pulling ahead of Likud.
According to the poll, if the elections were held today, the Likud would win 28 seats, while the National Unity party, led by Gantz would win 27 seats.
The third largest party in the survey is Yesh Atid with 18 seats, followed by Shas with 10 seats. If running together, the Religious Zionist Party and Otzma Yehudit would have nine seats, United Torah Judaism would have seven seats, and Yisrael Beyteinu six seats.
Hadash-Ta'al, Meretz, and Ra'am would have five seats each. The Labor party would not pass the electoral threshold.
Despite the Likud's emergence as the largest party, the poll found that the center-left bloc would win a majority of 61 Knesset seats while the right-wing bloc would fall to 54 seats. Hadash-Ta'al would receive the remaining five seats
On the question of suitability for the position of prime minister, Netanyahu continues to poll ahead of Benny Gantz and wins 37 percent support, compared to 35 percent support for Gantz.
According to a different poll by Kan News that was also published this evening, Gantz actually maintains his place at the top with 30 seats, followed by the Likud led by Netanyahu with 27 seats.
Similar to the survey by Channel 12 News, Yesh Atid would win 18 seats and Shas 10 seats. If running together, the Religious Zionist Party and Otzma Yehudit will have nine seats. United Torah Judaism will have seven seats.
Hadash-Ta'al wins five seats and Yisrael Beyteinu and Ra'am receive the same amount. According to the poll, Meretz receives 4 seats. The Labor party also remains below the electoral threshold in this poll with 2.9% of the vote, as does Balad with 1.6%.