Friday, December 14, 2012

Globes/Smith Poll: Voters Want Livni and Shas in the Opposition

How ironic, after Shas foiled Livni's attempt to form a coalition government in 2008, Likely voters want both parties, Shas and Livni's Hatnu'a party in the opposition and not part of Netanyahu's next government, a new poll conducted by Rafi Smith for Globes and the Jerusalem Post.

According to the poll published on Friday, 15% of  Israeli the public would like to see the Shas party in the next government. Only 5% said that they would like to see United Torah Judaism as part of the next coalition; 40% would prefer Netanyahu, assuming that he remains prime minister, form a coalition with Habayit Hayehudi, led by Naftali Bennett.

It also appears that Hatnu'a chairwoman Tzipi Livni has managed quite smoothly to brand herself as the ultimate oppositionist, that not only does the public find it hard to imagine her joining a Netanyahu-led government, but only 17% actually want to see Livni in the next coalition, whereas 28% think that Labor should join as part of a unity government. Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid is the preferred party to take over Shas in the coalition by 24%,

As of projected Knesset seats, the numbers remain pretty steady:

Likud-Beytenu 39
Labor 19
Shas 10
Habayit Hayehudi 10
Yesh Atid 9
Hatenuah 9
United Torah Judaism 6
Meretz 4
Am Shalem 3
Hadash 4
National Democratic Assembly 4
Ra'am-Ta'al 3