Could a Likud / Bayit Yehudi merger tip the election?

The Knesset Channel published two election polls today conducted by Panels Politics.

The second poll is based on the premise that Likud and Bayit Yehudi would merge for the election.

In such a scenario, the poll found that they would garner a combined 40 seats, as opposed to the 39 seats they would win if they ran separately.

In addition, Eli Yishai’s party would receive six seats, an improvement of two seats from the first poll. By not slipping under the electoral threshold, Yishai’s party would add those four to six seats to a potential Right-oriented coalition.

Seats Party
24 Labor
23 Likud
16 Habayit Hayehudi
11 United Arab List
11 Yesh Atid
8 Kulanu
7 Yahadut Hatorah
6 Meretz
5 Yisrael Beyteinu
5 Shas
4 Eli Yishai

If Likud and Bayit Yehudi ran a united list:

Seats Party
40 Likud / Habayit Hayehudi
24 Labor
11 United Arab List
11 Yesh Atid
7 Yahadut Hatorah
6 Kulanu
6 Meretz
6 Eli Yishai
5 Yisrael Beyteinu
4 Shas
Source (Hebrew): http://www.nrg.co.il/online/1/ART2/670/939.html