Poll Shows Stronger Right-Wing Coalition for 20th Knesset

The projected right-wing bloc is stable at 42 seats, according to an elections poll published Friday – whereas the left continues to reach new lows. 

Likud is in first place once again with 25 seats with Labor close behind at 23, according to the poll, conducted by TNS for Walla! News

Back in third place is Jewish Home with 13 seats, followed by the Arab parties at 12. 

The "center" parties, meanwhile, are beginning to even out, with Yesh Atid at just nine seats, Kulanu at eight, and Yisrael Beytenu back from an all-time low to seven seats. 

The haredi parties are once again tied, with Shas and United Torah Judaism (UTJ) at seven seats each. 

Meretz and Eli Yishai's Yachad Ha'am-Itanu party bottom out the poll with 5 and 4 seats, respectively. 

Overall, the three parties most likely to form a right-wing government – Likud, Jewish Home, and Yachad-Ha'am Itanu – would garner 42 seats for a coalition, according to these results.

Numerous polls over the past several weeks show a right-wing government with 42 seats, whereas the left is flickering; in this poll, a Labor-Meretz-Yesh Atid combination garners a mere 36 seats, an all-time low. A majority of 61 seats are needed to form a coalition. 

More of the public supports a right-wing government than other possibilities, the poll also revealed. While 38.9% of respondents stated that they would prefer a right-wing government with Likud at its head, only 25% want a center-left government headed by Labor. Just 19% would prefer a joint Likud-Labor government, and 17% abstained from choosing. 

Respondents were consistent in their responses according to their political views, TNS noted. The poll found 66.4% of Likud voters would like to see a right-wing government compared to 69.6% of the voters for Labor, who want a leftist government. Likewise 22.4% of Likud voters would like to see a national unity government, compared with 26.8% of Labor voters. 

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/191314

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