How Would Likud Perform Without Netanyahu?

Survey examines how Likud would do if led by prime minister's nationalist rivals Danon, Feiglin.

Hezki Baruch, Cynthia Blank ,

Moshe Feiglin
Moshe Feiglin
Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

A recent survey, conducted by the Think Tank Institute and whose results were published in Haaretz, examined the chances of Netanyahu's Likud opponents if they were to serve as Likud chairpersons in the general election set for March 2015. 

Over five hundred participants from the Jewish population were sampled in the survey. 

The survey revealed that if MK Moshe Feiglin were to be chairman of Likud during upcoming elections, the party would win 18 mandates - the same number it has now, but considerably less than the amount it is currently predicted to get with Netanyahu at its head.

The possibility of MK Danny Danon heading the party was also examined in the survey. Danon, the second candidate to announce he is running for Likud leadership in the primaries, would receive 17 seats, according to the survey. 

While these numbers are certainly not small, recent surveys conducted by Israel TV News Channels 2 and 10, show that if elections were held now, the Likud led by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu would win 22 seats. 

However, it is the candidacy of former Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar, who is currently debating whether or not to run in the Likud primaries, which is receiving the most speculation. 

The option of Sa'ar serving as Likud Chairman was not tested in the survey. 

Moshe Feiglin responded to the publication of the survey calling the results "not surprising" but also "illuminating the most important question in this election - who can bring back the voices who migrated over to Jewish Home and Yisrael Beytenu." 

"I am convinced that the nationalist public that left for other right-wing parties will return, especially to a Likud under my leadership and the values I represent."