Poll: Gantz 32 Bibi 28, Right bloc 64 left bloc 56

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According to a new poll conducted by the Midgam agency and published Sunday evening by Channel 12, if new elections were held today, the Blue and White party of Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid would win 32 seats, making it the largest party in the Knesset. The Likud, would come in second with 28 seats, two less than it currently holds.

Despite the Blue and White’s consistent lead over the ruling Likud party, the right-wing – religious bloc maintains an eight-seat lead, 64 to 56, the same lead it held in the Midgam poll released Friday.

In third place in Sunday’s poll is the Labor party, which fell from nine seats in Friday’s survey to just eight. The party won 19 seats in 2015, out of 24 total won by the Zionist Union joint ticket it had formed with the Hatnuah faction.

The far-left Meretz faction, which currently has five seats, remains stable at five, the same number projected in Friday’s survey.

The two Arab lists also remained stable over the weekend, with the joint United Arab List – Balad ticket stable at four seats, compared to seven for the Hadash-Ta’al joint ticket. In total, the four Arab factions won a total of 13 seats on the unified Joint List in 2015.

Among the Charedi factions, the Ashkenazi United Torah Judaism party would in seven seats, identical to the results of last Friday’s poll but one more than the six UTJ won in 2015. The Sephardic Shas party remained steady at five seats over the weekend, two less than it currently holds.

The Union of Right-Wing Parties (URP), a merger of the Jewish Home, National Union, and Otzma Yehudit, would win five seats if new elections were held today, the same number it received in Friday’s poll.

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