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Poll: Habayit Hayehudi to be 3rd largest party

Survey shows Likud-Beiteinu lost four mandates in past month as Bennett grows stronger and gap between right and left-center narrows

Published: 12.28.12, 10:08 / Israel News

Less than a month before the Knesset elections, gaps between the right and the left-center are narrowing.


According to a poll by Yedioth Ahronoth and Dr. Mina Zemach/ Dahaf Institute, the joint Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu list is down two mandates compared to the previous poll held earlier this month and is set to win 33 Knesset seats.


The previous poll saw a drop in the list's Knesset seats. The Labor party also lost two seats and is set to get 17 mandates if elections were held today.


The poll, which sampled 1,250 respondents, suggests that the third largest party will be Habayit Hayehudi which is slowly moving up in the polls. It now stands to win a total of 12 Knesset seats.


Shas remained steady with 11 mandates and both Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid and Tzipi Livni's Hatnua are set to win 11 Knesset seats. For Lapid, it was a three-mandate rise compared with the previous survey.


The poll further showed that the United Torah Judaism will keep its six mandates while Meretz remained steady with four mandates. Both Otzma LeYisrael and Am Shalem are set to win two mandates.


Kadima however will not pass the election threshold according to the poll, despite Shaul Mofaz's positive predictions. As for the Arab parties, both Hadash and the United Arab List Ta'al are set to win four mandates while Balad will get three.


The gap between the rightist and the leftist-centerist blocs narrowed to four mandates. Together, the Likud-Beiteinu, Habayit Hayehudi and Otzma LeYisrael have a total of 47 mandates while the Labor, Hatnua, Yesh Atid and Meretz have 43 put together.


The haredi parties got a total of 17 Knesset seats and the Arab parties won 11.




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