A new poll by Iltahot pollster finds support for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu among Israeli voters at a record high, with 59 percent in favor of the prime minister’s agenda, while 46 percent oppose.
Netanyahu is backed by 51 percent of those polled, compared to 42 percent for his main rival, Isaac Herzog, who leads with 32 percent support.
The poll also found that a third of Israelis would like to see Netanyahu as the next prime minister.
Netah is leading Herzog in the latest poll by the pollster, which surveyed 5,000 Israelis on Friday.
Netanayahu’s approval rating was also high, at 72 percent, with a third saying they would like him to remain prime minister if he wins the election in October.
Iltach said that if the poll were taken on a day when Herzog is in the lead, he would likely win the election.
The survey also found the prime ministerial election could be a proxy war between Herzog and Netanyahu, with one in three Israelis supporting Herzog’s bid for re-election in November.
A similar poll conducted in December 2015 found that only a quarter of Israelis support Netanyahu’s bid to be re-elected in 2019, but two in three say they would support his election if he won.
The last poll conducted by IlaTahot in October found that Netanyahu would defeat Herzog by a two-to-one margin.
In the latest survey, Herzog was the most popular Israeli leader, at 69 percent.
Herzog has faced criticism from fellow right-wing Jewish Israelis over his handling of the Gaza conflict, which led to more than 1,200 Palestinians dying.
In addition to the election, Israel is also set to face two major legislative elections in 2019 and 2020, as well as the defense and foreign ministries.
Netanyahus support for Herzog also shows that the public’s support for him may be weakening.
Ila Tahot said that only 33 percent of Israelis wanted to see the prime minster go into the next government, compared with 53 percent who would like the prime ministers position to be vacant.
A third of those surveyed said that they would be more likely to vote for a new prime minister under the conditions set by the countrys new constitution, if it were up to them.