Poll: Likud in Lead As 1 in 3 “Israelis” Say Bibi Best Suited to Be PM
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While 36 percent of the respondents viewed Netanyahu as the most suitable leader, 19 percent put their trust in opposition chief Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid party, followed by New Hope's chief Gideon Sa'ar at 12 percent.
Wrapping up the top five were Yamina chair Naftali Bennett [nine percent] and War Minister and Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz [four percent], with 21 percent of the respondents unsure.
The survey revealed that if the elections, slated for March 23, were held today, Netanyahu's Likud would secure 29 seats in the 120-seat Knesset, followed by Yesh Atid with 17 mandates.
New Hope would be the third-largest with 11 seats, followed by Yamina and the Arab Joint List, both at 10.
Religious-right Shas and United Torah Judaism parties would get eight and seven mandates respectively, the latter deadlocked with Avigdor Liberman's Yisrael Beiteinu, followed by Gantz's Blue and White at five seats.
Wrapping up the list are Labor, Meretz, right-wing Religious Zionism and Ra'am parties [a former Joint List member], all at four mandates.
The disposition hands the pro-Netanyahu bloc 48 mandates, a far cry from the 61-seat majority needed to form a government, but leaves options for both blocks on the table, handing the kingmaker's mantle to Bennet – and, to a lesser extend, Ra'am chief Mansour Abbas, who has signaled openness to an alliance with Netanyahu.