Coalition up, opposition down as Labor plummets

Labor drops 8 mandates in latest poll, while Jewish Home, Yesh Atid surge.

David Rosenberg ,

Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s coalition would grow in size if elections were held today, a new poll shows, while the Zionist Union continues to hemorrhage voters.

According to a Maagar Mohot poll published Thursday morning, the six parties currently in the coalition would rise from a combined 67 seats today to 70 if elections were held today, while the opposition would fall collectively to 50 mandates.

Hardest hit according to the poll is the Zionist Union, led by Isaac Herzog, which would lose 14 of its 24 seats, sinking to just 10 mandates. Thursday’s poll reflects the continuing decline of the Zionist Union, which was given 18 seats in the last Maagar Mohot poll. Other recent polls, including a Geocartographia poll published on Sunday, also show the left-of-center party losing much of its support, falling to as low as 8 seats in some polls.

The Jewish Home, on the other hand, would pick up 5 seats, rising from 8 to 13. That’s also an improvement over the party’s performance in the last poll by the agency, which had showed Jewish Home with nine seats.

Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party also gained in the poll, rising from 11 seats to 21, a three-mandate improvement over the last Maagar Mohot poll showing the faction with 18 seats.

The haredi United Torah Judaism party also received a boost, rising from its current six seats to seven, a slight improvement over the last poll from the agency. Shas also gained one seat, rising to eight.

The ruling Likud party declined slightly, from 30 seats won in 2015 and projected by the last poll conducted by the agency to 27 mandates.

Yisrael Beitenu picked up three seats, rising to 9, the same as shown by the previous poll.

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon’s centrist Kulanu party would lose 4 of its 10 seats in new elections. That is an improvement, however, over the previous poll, showing Kulanu with just four mandates.

The Arab Joint List party remained stable at 13 seats, while the left-wing Meretz party rose from five to six mandates.