According to a public opinion poll conducted by the Institute «Panels politics» commissioned by the newspaper «Maariv», if elections were held today, the Likud would retain its leading position, gaining 25 seats.
The party «Yesh Atid» would take second place with 21 mandates, «the Zionist camp» would have scored 16 mandates the «Bayt Yehudi» – 12 seats, United Arab list – 11 mandates, «Kulanu» – 9 mandates, «yaadut-Torah» – 8 seats, Yisrael Beiteinu 7 mandates, MERETZ – 6 seats, and SHAS – 5 mandates.
The survey also showed that the «Likud» led by Gidon Saar would have won by 1 vote more than headed by Benjamin Netanyahu. While two seats Likud would have gone to the «Bayt Yehudi» and Yisrael Beiteinu, and Likud would have selected two seats at the «Kulanu» and 5 – «Yesh Atid», significantly strengthening the position of the right-religious block and guaranteeing him stay in power.
Naftali Bennett at the head of Likud would win 37 seats, but it would eliminate the «Bayt Yehudi». The merger of Likud with «Kulanu» under the leadership of Moshe Kahlon would give the United party 34 seats, and the merger with Yisrael Beiteinu, under the leadership of Avigdor Lieberman – 32 mandates.
If Netanyahu will not fight for power, the most preferred candidate for the post of Prime Minister is the Saar, which gave preference to 38% of respondents overall and 41% voting for right-wing parties. Among the right it overtakes the popularity of Naftali Bennett (42%), but overall its the job of Prime Minister can only represent 26% of the respondents.
Among right-wing voters also have the trust of internal security Minister Gilad Erdan (32%), Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and Minister of justice Ayelet shaked (29%).