Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid's Blue and White party has the edge in a tight race with Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud ahead of the April 9 Knesset elections, according to the first poll of the Israeli electorate taken since the parties closed their candidate lists.
The survey was conducted by Mina Tzemach and Mano Geva of the Migdam research institute in cooperation with the iPanel online survey company.
The poll shows that Blue and White leading Likud by six seats, although both parties are one seat down compared to last week.
Faced with the question, "If elections were held today, which party would you vote for?" respondents gave 35 seats to Blue and White; 29 seats to Likud; nine seats to Labor; seven seats to United Torah Judaism and to Hadash-Ta'al. Naftali Bennett's New Right party would secure six seats; Shas, the Union of Right-Wing Parties and Balad would have five seats apiece; while Kulanu, Yisrael Beiteinu and Meretz would each win four seats.
Previous polls released in the run-up to the closure of the party lists put Blue and White received 36 Knesset seats, with Likud on 30. In the new poll, each of the two leading parties loses one seat, while Labor and United Torah Judaism see their tally rise.
The overall distribution between the central blocs remains unchanged, however. The right-wing and the center-left blocs each have 48 seats, while the ultra-Orthodox and the Arab parties each have 12.
The survey was conducted among 500 respondents with a representative sample of the overall Israeli population aged 18 and over. The maximum sampling error in the survey is 4.4%.