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Lapid soars in Israel's pre-election polls

With the spirit of the 2011 social justice protests still alive, Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid succeeds in overcoming the negative image of his performance as finance minister, and gathers momentum ahead of the elections.
Israeli MP and chairperson of center-right Yesh Atid party, Yair Lapid, delivers a speech outlining the Yesh Atid campaign and presenting the party's list for the 20th Knesset, on January 26, 2015 in the Israeli city of Rishon Letzion, ahead of the March 17 general elections.  AFP PHOTO /JACK GUEZ        (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
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Some of the key Israeli political parties ran internal polls at the end of February, to examine the effect of the state comptroller’s report on the failure of the housing crisis. These polls repeatedly had interesting data regarding Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid Party.

The right-wing parties — the Likud, HaBayit HaYehudi and Yisrael Beitenu — showed a weakening trend, and the votes did not remain in the right-wing bloc. And contrary to expectations, Moshe Kahlon's social justice Kulanu Party, with its right-wing Likud orientation, did not increase its strength significantly. It turns out that the votes have been seeping to the party of Lapid, finance minister until December 2014.

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