Poll: Kahlon plunges as Lapid regains power

In battle of the center, Yesh Atid appears primed to become major Knesset power after next elections; Likud holds strong with 30 mandates.

Ben Shaul ,

Yair Lapid
Yair Lapid
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Is the Israeli public disappointed with Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon? According to a poll released Thursday morning, the answer is a resounding yes. 

According to the poll published on Non-Stop Radio, if elections were held today, Kahlon's centrist Kulanu party would drop drastically down to four seats from its current ten. 

The poll, conducted by Prof. Yitzhak Katz of the Maager Mohot Survey Institute and broadcast on the radio's morning program, also found that the ruling Likud party would stand strong with 30 seats. 

Jewish Home would gain one seat, making its total nine, while Yisrael Beytenu would also climb up to nine mandates from its previous six. The Shas party would also rise from seven seats to eight. 

Interestingly enough, the most significant leap was that of Kulanu's rival centrist party Yesh Atid, which jumped up to 18 seats - a seven-seat increase from its current 11 mandates.

Yesh Atid's chairman Yair Lapid served as finance minister before Kahlon, when his party held a total of 19 mandates. 

The party's boost would also come at the expense of the Zionist Union, which the poll predicted as falling down six seats to 18. 

United Torah Judaism, Meretz and the Joint List held steady at six, five and 13 mandates, respectively.