Poll suggests trouble for Netanyahu

Channel 12 survey shows bloc with 61 seats against right-wing bloc's 59, but respondents still prefer Netanyahu as PM over Gantz and Lapid

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A new election poll predicts that the center-left bloc will have 61 seats in the new Knesset, against the right-wing bloc’s 59. According to the Channel 12 News poll published on Tuesday, Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid’s blue and white party is in the lead with 36 seats, and Likud behind them with 30.

Despite Kahol Lavan’s lead, respondents still say they preferred Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister. Of those polled, 40 percent want a Netanyahu government, while 34 percent preferred Gantz.  

According to the poll, Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu and Orli Levi-Abekasis’ Gesher party did not pass the electoral threshold, meaning that they did not garner enough votes to get into the Knesset.      

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