Nearly a third of Israelis believe March election won't break coalition deadlock

New survey shows right-wing bloc topping left-wing bloc by one seat, nearly half of Israelis want PM Netanyahu to continue in position.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

MK Gantz and PM Netanyahu
MK Gantz and PM Netanyahu
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A new survey by i24NEWS and Israel Hayom showed the center-left Blue and White party leading the Likud by two Knesset seats.

The poll, conducted by Maagar Mochot, showed that nearly a third of Israelis believe a fourth round of elections is just around the corner.

The survey showed that if elections were held today, Blue and White would receive 34 seats, while Likud would receive 32. The Joint Arab List would retain its spot as third-largest, rising from 13 to 14 Knesset seats.

Right-wing Yamina would receive nine Knesset seats, making it the fourth-largest party, and would be closely followed by Sephardic-haredi Shas, Ashkenazic-haredi UTJ, and leftist Labor-Gesher-Meretz, each with eight Knesset seats.

Kingmaker Yisrael Beytenu would win seven Knesset seats, and far-right Otzma Yehudit would win just one seat, leaving it unable to enter the Knesset.

Divided into blocs, the right-religious bloc would win 57 Knesset seats, while the center-left would win 56 - exactly the opposite of an earlier poll by Maariv.

When asked who is more fit to serve as prime minister, 47% of respondents said Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is the best person for the role, while 35% said Blue and White leader MK Benny Gantz would be the best choice. Another 18% said they did not know.

Forty percent of Israelis said there is a "high chance" that there will be fourth elections, and another 34% said there is a "moderate chance" Israel will be forced to hold new elections. Another 16% said the chance of a fourth round was low, while 10% said they did not know.

When asked what kind of government they believe will be formed following March's elections, 28% of Israelis said there will not be a government and Israel will be forced to hold new election.

Of those who did believe there would be a government, 15% said it would be a narrow right-wing government, and 13% said they believe it will be a unity government with the Likud, right-wing bloc, and Blue and White. Eleven percent said they believe a narrow center-left government will be formed, supported from the outside by the Joint Arab List, and 10% said they believe the Likud and Blue and White will form a government on their own. Two percent said they believe there will be a center-left government. The last 21% said they did not know.