One of my favorite poll questions is:
Who is most suited to be Prime Minister?The Walla poll published on Nov 21 2018 asked it, and the results are:
36% Netanyahu, 14% Don’t know, 12% None of the above, 11% Gantz, 6% Saar, 6% Lapid, 5% Livni, 4% Bennett, 3% Gabbai, 2% LibermanThat means that both "don't know" and "none of the above" are more popular than the second most popular politician.
I've been following Israeli politics for half a century, and the very simple reason why Gantz did "so well," being number two albeit with only 11% of the vote is that he doesn't have a political track record. Even in Shiloh, where I've been part of the election committee for decades, the least known candidate frequently does amazingly well. "Familiarity breeds contempt" seems to be part of Israeli political culture, although the exception is Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu.
One thing you shouldn't forget is that here in Israel we don't vote for Prime Minister. We vote for Knesset lists in the form of political parties. To be Prime Minister, one has to be able to form/negotiate a coalition. That makes certain poll data most crucial:
the Right-religious/Center-Left numbersThe results have been pretty consistent, give or take a seat, for the longest time:
66  Current Right-Religious CoalitionThey are the best reading of what Israelis want in a government. And the truth is that no matter when elections will be, whether this government lasts the full five years, or just close to it, the next Israeli Government will be very similar to today's.
54  Current Center-Left-Arab Opposition