17 days before the elections, the impasse in the political system stands in the eye and there is no decision between the blocs. This is according to a survey conducted by Ma’ariv over the past two days. According to the findings, if elections were held today, the center-left bloc (with the joint list) would have received 57 seats – compared with 56 seats for the right bloc. Israel Our home of Avigdor Lieberman remains the scales, with 7 seats.
The survey shows that despite Benjamin Netanyahu’s political and media blitz – which included a summit in Washington, a visit to Moscow, the return of Naama Issachar from there and a visit to Africa – Blue and White remains the largest list, with 34 seats – one more mandate than the outgoing Knesset. The Likud list is lagging behind, with 33 seats, and it also goes up by one.
Shas led by Aryeh Deri retains its power – 9 seats, as does Torah Jewry (7 seats). Lieberman is weakened and down from 9 seats in the Knesset, which is down to 7 seats in the current poll. Right, headed by Naftali Bennett, Ayelet Shaked, Rabbi Rafi Peretz and Bezalel Smutrich also has seven seats.
The Labor Bridge-Meretz Party, led by Amir Peretz, Orly Levi-Abaxis and Nitzan Horowitz has difficulty rising – and receives 9 seats in the poll, compared to the 11 seats that received the job and Meretz when running separately.
By contrast, Netanyahu’s targeted attack and the right-wing parties on the joint list, MK Hiba Yazbak’s (BLD) disqualification from the Central Election Commission – a decision that eventually became the Supreme Court – and the Trump peace bill discussing the transfer of territories in the PA to control As part of the population exchange, the power of the joint list increases, and it climbs to 14 seats compared to 13 in the outgoing Knesset. Jewish power, led by Itamar Ben Gvir, does not pass the blocking percentage (receiving only 1.4% of the vote). Of the other contestants, there is no list that receives more than 1% of the vote.
On the question of whether the Prime Minister is fit, Netanyahu is widening the gap between himself and Benny Gantz compared to previous polls – from 5% to 9%. Netanyahu receives 49% in the survey, while Gantz – 40%.
The survey also examined the next government’s desired priorities. The security-political issue is given first priority by 24% of respondents, followed by the economy (21%). Health, which has taken a prominent place in campaigns over the past two weeks – in third place (20%). After them, in descending order – education, personal security, religious-secular relations, Jewish and Israeli relations, transport and the environment.
The survey was conducted on February 12 and February 13 by the Smith Institute, headed by Rafi Smith, for a “supper weekend” among a representative sample of 650 men and women. Sampling error – 3.9%. This is a combination of telephone interviews and an online panel.