Poll: Likud drops as Netanyahu's approval rating plummets

Likud falls to lowest level since last election as government's approval rating plunges amid growing backlash over handling of crisis.

David Rosenberg ,

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The Likud party continues to lose support, according to new polls, as the government’s approval rating plummets amid an ongoing economic crisis sparked by attempts to rein in the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a new poll conducted by Prof. Camil Fuchs and published by Channel 13 Sunday evening, 75% of respondents say the government led by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has not handled the economic crisis well, compared to just 16% who approved of the government’s handling of the crisis.

The government got slightly better marks on its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, with 61% of respondents disapproving of how the government has handled the pandemic, compared to 34% who were either somewhat or fully satisfied with the government’s performance.

In April, during the peak of the pandemic, nearly 70% of respondents were satisfied with the government’s handling of the crisis, compared to 30% who were not satisfied.

Both the Likud and the Blue and White have hemorrhaged voters as a result of the government’s sinking approval ratings, the poll found.

If new elections were held today, the Likud would receive just 33 seats, three less than it won in the March election, and down significantly from polls a month ago indicating it would win 40 to 41 seats.

Blue and White fell to just nine seats in the poll, down from its current 15 seats.

Yesh Atid, running in conjunction with Telem, would win 19 seats, up from 16, while the Joint Arab List would win 16 seats, up from its current 15.

Shas fell in the poll to seven seats, a drop of two from its current nine, while United Torah Judaism rose from seven to eight seats.

Yisrael Beytenu would win eight seats, the poll found, an increase of one mandate.

Yamina, which won six seats in March, would more than double its strength if new elections were held today, rising to 13 seats.

The far-left Meretz party rose from three seats to seven in the poll.

Labor, Gesher, Derech Eretz, and Otzma Yehudit all failed to clear the electoral threshold in the poll.

The right-wing - religious bloc received 61 seats in the poll, while the left-wing - Arab bloc received 51 seats.



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