The Likud party, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, would win 36 seats in the Knesset (Parliament) if elections were held today. This would give his party six more seats than he currently has.
A survey published on television’s Keshet Channel indicates that the Yesh Atid Party trails the Likud by a long way, with 18 seats. Still, that would be a big increase over the eleven it currently has. The Zionist Union, the Joint List, and the national religious party Habait Hayehudí, would win eleven seats apiece.
At the bottom of the list is the ultra-orthodox Sephardic party Shas, with only four seats; a sharp deficit compared to its current seven.
Sixteen percent of those polled believe that former Education Minister Gideon Saar is the best candidate to replace Netanyahu as head of the Likud. However, 33 percent say they don’t know who should replace Netanyahu.
The poll was conducted on a representative sample of 538 Israeli adults.