Two new polls released Friday show the right-wing – religious bloc maintaining a wide lead over the left-wing – Arab bloc ahead of next Tuesday’s general election, even as the center-left Blue and White party continues to lead the Likud party.
With a ban on the publication of new polls slated to go into effect on Saturday, one of the final polls in the election cycle was released Friday by 103FM Radio, showing the combined right-wing – religious bloc with a total of 66 seats out of 120 if new elections were held today, compared to 54 for the left-wing – Arab bloc.
The poll, which was conducted by Maagar Mohot, shows the center-left Blue and White party of Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid leading the Likud by three mandates, 31 to 28.
In a distant third place is the Labor party with nine seats, following by four factions each receiving seven seats: the Union of Right-Wing Parties, the United Torah Judaism party, the far-left Meretz, and the Hadash-Ta’al joint Arab list.
Four more factions received six seats apiece: the libertarian-leaning Zehut party of Moshe Feiglin, Shas, the New Right, and Kulanu.
The United Arab List-Balad ticket, Yisrael Beytenu, and Gesher all failed to cross the threshold in the poll.
Another poll, released Friday afternoon by Ma’ariv’s ‘Sofhashavua’ weekend edition also showed the right-wing – religious bloc with 66 seats, compared to 54 for the left-wing – Arab bloc.
The poll, which was produced by the Smith polling firm (which conducted another poll released Friday morning by Ma’ariv), shows the Blue and White party leading the Likud by two seats, 29 to 27.