Likud Emerges as Clear Front-Runner in New Poll

A new poll shows that recent trends indicating a strengthening of the Likud and a weakening of Jewish Home are continuing. The Geocartographia poll conducted by Professor Avi Degani on behalf of i24 News showed the Likud strengthening further to 27 seats, while Jewish Home had fallen to 11.

Barely a month ago, Jewish Home was polling 17 seats in the upcoming election, with the Likud polling in the low 20s, similar to Zionist Union/Labor. That party remained steady with previous polls, at 24 seats.

It's likely that some of Jewish Home's votes were also going to Yahad, the new party headed by Eli Yishai. Several figures associated with religious Zionism are running with Yishai, including former Jewish Home MK Yoni Chetboun. Yishai's party makes it over the minimum vote limit, reaching four seats.

If the election were held today, Shas and Kulanu would receive seven seats each, the poll shows, while Yisrael Beytenu falls to six, along with Meretz. Yesh Atid would receive 8 seats, as would United Torah Jewry. The third largest faction in the Knesset, according to the poll, would be the United Arab List, with 12 seats.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/191373

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