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Lapid opens wide lead over Netanyahu in latest poll

Thirty-three percent of Israelis approve of Binyamin Netanyahu’s service as Prime Minister, a new Panels Politics poll indicates, while 59% of Israelis disapprove of Mr. Netanyahu.

According to the poll, published Sunday morning by Maariv, Prime Minister Netanyahu still retains leads over possible challengers to the premiership – but his Likud party would nevertheless likely lose to former Finance Minister Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party.

When given the choice of Netanyahu or a series of possible challengers, Netanyahu remains the favorite – though in some cases by narrow margins.

While 44% said they favored Netanyahu as Prime Minister, 34% said they would prefer Lapid.
Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog – who was considered a serious contender for the premiership in 2015 – was the candidate of choice for just 19% of Israelis in a head-to-head matchup with Netanyahu, compared to 55% for Mr. Netanyahu.

If Jewish Home chief Naftali Bennett were the primary competition for Netanyahu, the latter would enjoy a 20-point lead, 44% to 24%. Netanyahu’s lead over Kahlon was essentially the same; 44% to 23%.

Interior Minister Gideon Saar (Likud) came closest to beating Netanyahu, with 33% to the Netanyahu’s 38%. READ MORE