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Younger Israelis favour Netanyahu over Gantz by almost 50-point margin

April 4, 2019 at 11:20 am

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu in Paris, France on 11 November 2018 [Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu enjoys a huge lead over rival Benny Gantz amongst young Israeli voters, reported the Times of Israel.

A pre-election survey by the Israel Democracy Institute has found that Netanyahu is favoured by 42.5 per cent of Israelis, while Blue and White leader Gantz is preferred by 40.5 per cent.

However, the news site reported, “Netanyahu’s great advantage lies in his appeal among the young, the poll found. The older the age group polled, the more likely they were to prefer Gantz.”

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Among Israelis aged 65 and older, Gantz beat Netanyahu 53 per cent to 35 per cent. Among those 18-24, however, Netanyahu beat Gantz by a nearly 50-point margin of 65 per cent to 17 per cent.

In the 25- to 34-year-old group, Netanyahu also wins easily, by 54 per cent to 33 per cent, and among 35-44-year-olds, Netanyahu wins 64 per cent-24 per cent.

Gantz more narrowly trumps Netanyahu in the 45-54 and 55-64 age brackets.

Over one-quarter, 27.5 per cent, of Israelis said they do not trust the “integrity” of the Knesset elections, a figure much higher among Palestinian (39 per cent) than Jewish citizens (25 per cent).