With about two months remaining before Israel’s March 17 elections, a new poll conducted by Israel Hayom and the New Wave Research Institute indicates that the frontrunners in the battle for the prime minister’s seat are current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Labor party leader Isaac Herzog. According to the poll, 32 percent of the public believes Netanyahu is the best candidate for prime minister, compared to 21 percent who prefer Herzog.
Netanyahu and Herzog were followed by Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid at 7 percent, while Kulanu leader Moshe Kahlon, Hatnuah leader Tzipi Livni, and Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman were each deemed the best candidate by 5 percent of the Israeli public. Habayit Hayehudi leader Naftali Bennett was supported by 4 percent of respondents.
The poll was conducted on Jan. 14 among 500 Israeli Jews over the age of 18.