Contrary to various predictions, there was not only no increase in Chareidi votes for the Religious Zionist party in last week’s elections but also a decrease, according to The Chareidi Institute for Public Affairs’ analysis of voting data in Chareidi centers throughout Israel, according to Chareidim10.
The Religious Zionist Party-Otzma Yehudit parties received only 5.5% of the Chareidi electorate’s votes in cities including Beitar Illit, Modiin Illit, Bnei Brak, Telzstone, Rechasim, and Elad.
As a point of reference, 6.2% of the Chareidi electorate supported Religious Zionist parties in the previous elections for the 24th Knesset.
Despite the fact that there are over 600,000 Chareidi voters (Shas and UTJ combined), of whom about 400,000 are considered to be potential UTJ voters, only about 280,125 ballots were cast for UTJ, representing roughly 47% of all Chareidi voters and almost 70% of those who are shayach to UTJ.
The percentage of votes for UTJ is higher than it seems because the overall number of Chareidi voters includes sects that abstain from voting for ideological reasons, such as Peleg Yerushalmi (approximately 5%) and the Edah HaChareidis (about 7%).