New Poll: Majority of Israelis Will Repeat April Election Vote in September

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sits before a vote on a bill to dissolve the Knesset. (Photo: via Social Media)

A majority of Israelis plan to vote in September’s elections in the same way that they voted in April, according to the results of a new i24NEWS–Israel Hayom poll.

Israelis are gearing up to vote for the second time in six months, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s failure to form a coalition government earlier this year.

While Likud won the most Knesset seats in April, narrowly beating Blue and White (Kahol Lavan), Netanyahu was unable to secure the 61-seat minimum to form a government.

According to the new poll, “while the majority of Israelis say they will vote as they did in April, there remains a significant margin of voters looking to potentially switch their allegiance from the last round of elections”.

Some 60 percent of Israelis said they plan to vote for the same party in September as they did in April, with 23 percent saying they will opt for a different party. Seventeen percent of respondents said they do not yet know if they will vote for the same party.

In particular, Likud, Blue and White, and Yisrael Beiteinu voters plan to vote for their parties again – 79, 71, and 72 percent respectively. Worryingly for Labor, however, only 33 percent of those who voted for the party in April plans to do so in September.

Most polls are predicting a similar result in September’s election to April’s, meaning that – barring developments such as the formation of a unity government – Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu will once again be in the position of king-maker.

(Middle East Monitor, PC, Social Media)

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