Likud Unaffected by Scandalous State Comptroller Report in Polls

February 19, 2015  

Likud’s chances do not seem to have been negatively affected by the publication of the State Comptroller’s report on the expenses of the Prime Minister’s Residence, a new Channel Ten survey found. 

Labor-Hatnua and Likud remain neck in neck in the poll supervised by Professor Camil Fuchs that was published Wednesday night. 

Running as the “Zionist Camp”, Labor received 23 seats. Likud is just one behind them with 22 mandates. 

Jewish Home received 13 seats. While higher than other recent polls that placed the party at 11, it is still a far cry from the 15-17 mandates they were polling before party head Naftali Bennett attempted to put former soccer star Eli Ohana on the list – a misstep that backfired badly. 

Yesh Atid and the United Arab List follow closely behind with 12 mandates. Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu party was stable at ten seats. 

Haredi parties Shas and United Torah Judaism were tied at seven seats, with Eli Yishai’s Yachad-Ha’am Itanu just barely passing the threshold at four mandates. 

Also nearing the bottom of the survey were Yisrael Beytenu and the far-left Meretz – both tied at five seats. 

These numbers reflect remarks made by mayors across Israel Wednesday that the publication of the report would not diminish their support for Likud head and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. 

“Your great accomplishments are evident to the public, and we are proud to know that, even according to the newest polls, that the majority of Israelis believe that you are the right person to lead the country,” the letter, signed by nearly fifty mayors, said. 

Even Labor sources said the Prime Minister was unlikely to lose support from the Right, Haaretz reported, as constituents tend to rally around Netanyahu when his personal behavior, and not government policies, is attacked.  

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