Election Poll: Many Chareidim are Undecided



The poll, perhaps the most significant released in recent days, shows 20% of voters are currently undecided. This amounts to 24 seats that are currently up in the air and these undecided voters can change the outcome of the election for 20th Knesset.

The interesting point regarding the chareidi tzibur is that the poll commissioned by the daily Haaretz is the response to the question if they know which party they are going to vote for or if they are still undecided. It is believed that the number of undecided voters in the chareidi community has never been this high and most of these undecided voters are considering voting for Eli Yishai’s Yachad party.

The reason many are considering Yachad is that it is a new party, which appears to be passing the minimum threshold in the polls. Working against Yishai is the fact that the party is new and it may not pass the threshold to enter Knesset. 49% of the supporters of Yachad admit they are undecided and may vote for another party, and for most that ‘other party’ is a chareidi party. 15% of Yachad supporters may turn to Shas and 15% to Yahadut Hatorah.

Regarding Shas, 38% of its supporters are thinking about possibly voting for another party. The party receiving most of these ‘undecided votes’ is Yachad, taking 11%.

The most stable chareidi party is Yahadut Hatorah. Only 15% of its voters are undecided. Most of the undecided votes from Yahadut Hatorah are leaning to Yachad too, 7%.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. In the past one’s party was defined by what one was: Sefardi, Hasidic, or Litvish. For the first time there is an ideological option for hareidim.

  2. the problem is that there is so much emotion here. if you vote yachad you’e accused of defying Maran. If you vote EItz you are going against Daas Torah.If you vote YHT you are an apikorus.

  3. I was in Yerushalayim yesterday. You see Deri’s picture on buses and posters all over the place. It benefits Eli Yishai, since Deri is reminding voters why not to vote for him.

    Deri would be smartewr not to make himself the campaign issue. He is not very well respected as the poll show so many of Shas’ voters considering switching.